Things to do in Nairobi

Nairobi's name comes from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nairobi”, which translates to 'cool water', a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through Kenya’s capital city. To get a glimpse of the country’s famed fauna and flora on the city’s outskirts while staying in Nairobi, head to Nairobi National Park, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Karura Forest and Giraffe Centre.

‘Out of Africa’ fans will be delighted by a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum or a hike in the Ngong Hills, while art lovers can look forward to galleries and live glass blowing in the sculpture gardens. Discover Nairobi National Museum and shop for souvenirs in one of the numerous shopping malls or traditional Maasai markets.

Nature and wildlife

History and art