City Orientation Walk, Nairobi

Other than safari and wildlife – staple attractions of today's Kenya – Nairobi, the country's capital, is also home to a number of historic sites and other places of interest. The Nairobi National Museum, largest in the city, showcases Kenya's rich through historic, natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. Another prominent museum is the Nairobi Railway Museum. For a more detailed encounter with some of Nairobi's top attractions and landmarks, follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Kenya » Nairobi (See other walking tours in Nairobi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: julia
City Market

1) City Market

City Market is a covered market located in the Central Business District. This place is a favorite both with local people and tourists. Here, you will find everything you need - fresh fruit, vegetables and verdure, beautiful flowers, newspapers, clothes, accessories, and fascinating local handicraft such as pretty Masai jewelry, woodcarving, national musical instruments, colored wraps and bright fabrics. And all this at bargain prices.

What to buy here: Tribal Masks.

A warrior mask is...   view more
Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum

2) Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum (must see)

Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was the first president of Kenya. He died in August 22, 1978, of a heart attack and the Mausoleum is the place where his body lies. The mausoleum is situated near the Parliament building. It is guarded night and day and photography is...   view more

3) Parliament (must see)

Parliament is a very attractive building both for local people and for tourists. There is a clock tower adjoining it. It was built in the 1940s, when Kenya was still a British colony. Here you can learn about Kenya’s political life. You can take a tour of its archives and look through the official documents, agreements and orders. If you want to see how Parliament works, you can be present during one of its open sessions and watch from the visitors' gallery. But bear in mind that applause...   view more
Railway Museum

4) Railway Museum (must see)

The Railway Museum is just next to the Nairobi Rail Station and showcases the golden age of rail travel from the now defunct East African Railways. There are plenty of displays of steam and diesel locomotives that all date from the late 19th century to before World War II. The various passenger cars, trucks and rolling stock make for fascinating viewing as they take you back into the past, when travel was a true adventure. At the museum you can also learn about the laying of the railway, as...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kenyatta International Conference Center

5) Kenyatta International Conference Center (must see)

The Kenyatta International Conference center is one of Nairobi’s tallest buildings and its 30 stories look out over the central business district. The building was designed to reflect Kenya’s tribal past, while also looking towards the future, and it is the only building in the city with a helipad. It is one of the city’s favored venues for exhibitions, seminars, conferences and events, thanks to its excellent facilities and proximity to high quality hotels. The conference center was built...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Archives

6) National Archives (must see)

The National Archives are kept in a large building along the prestigious Moi Avenue in Nairobi. Although its main task is to preserve all public archives and records, it is also venue for many art and photographic exhibitions in the city center. All exhibitions that are held there are open to the public and attract a nominal entry fee. Visitors to Nairobi will find the permanent exhibition of photographs of different tribes from around Kenya fascinating and well worth a look. There is also an...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Khoja Mosque

7) Khoja Mosque

This amazing building is situated near the main city market. This area is very busy, but that does not prevent you from admiring its grandeur. The beautifully decorated minarets contrast with the Mosque’s interior which is rather plain without any bright decorations or luxurious...   view more
Biashara Street

8) Biashara Street

What to buy here: Kikois and Khangas | Maasai blankets.

-Traditional Maasai blankets (also known as “Shukkas”) are made of either cotton or wool and are perfect for cozying up on the couch back home or as bed covers or even picnic blankets. To the Maasai, the blankets constitute a very important piece of clothing, worn draped across the shoulders. Buying a blanket at a local Maasai market is probably the best idea, as you’ll get something more authentic and probably not mass produced. A...   view more
Maasai Market

9) Maasai Market

A wonderful place that impresses mainly with its brightness and colors. Every Tuesday art works of the Maasai tribe are sold here. Charming bead work, colored Maasai wraps, jewelry, African statuettes made of black wood and many other fascinating things you can buy as a gift or souvenir. But you should remember that Maasai goods are usually overpriced and that you should bargain with the sellers.

What to buy here: Spears.

A Maasai spear has a major role in the social and religious standing...   view more
Nairobi National Museum

10) Nairobi National Museum (must see)

The Nairobi National Museum is approximately 10 minutes from the city center on Museum Hill. It has been the leading museum in Kenya since it began life in 1910 and officially opened in 1929. The Nairobi National Museum was originally called the Coryndon Museum and was renamed after Kenyan independence in 1963. The large museum boasts an extensive collection of natural history, cultural artifacts and modern art. In 2005 the museum was extensively remodeled and extended, and the result is a world...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Snake Park

11) Snake Park (must see)

The Nairobi Snake Park is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations – since 1961 the park has been a leading animal attraction as well as research centre for reptiles and snake breeding. The centre now also acts as a rescue centre for all kinds of reptiles and amphibians. In 2008, the park underwent a major refurbishment and extension, and now features an impressive range of exhibits, talks and interactive displays with harmless animals. Some of the most popular attractions at the...   view more

Walking Tours in Nairobi, Kenya

Create Your Own Walk in Nairobi

Create Your Own Walk in Nairobi

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nairobi is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nairobi Skyscrapers and Modern Buildings

Nairobi Skyscrapers and Modern Buildings

Nairobi is quite a new and developing city and it has a lot of places of interest. One thing that is worth seeing is the Nairobi skyline with its skyscrapers. These high glass glittering buildings are really fascinating. Most of them are located in the Central Business District of the city which is where you can find the highest buildings in eastern and central Africa. Check out the highest buildings of Kenya in the next tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Nairobi Center Walking Tour

Nairobi Center Walking Tour

Nairobi is Kenya’s capital, the largest of the country and the fastest developing city on the continent. The life of Nairobi is mostly concentrated in the Central Business District. Here are situated the highest skyscrapers of the country with hundreds of offices. This is a busy place; nonetheless you can find many spots where you can unwind and relax. Here are some very beautiful parks. Check out the most popular attractions in Nairobi’s Center.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Walk

Souvenir Shopping Walk

It would be a pity to leave Nairobi without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Nairobi, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

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