20 Must-See Places to take your Kids in Nairobi

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Nairobi is one of the most interesting cities in Africa and has some awesome places you can enjoy visiting whether you are a visitor or a resident. Here are some suggestions of the best places to visit with your kids,

  1. David Sheldrick Trust Elephant Orphan Centre

Location: Bogan Gate, Magadi Road

Services: This place is a safe harbour for orphaned baby elephants and rhinos. It is open to visitors between 11am-12pm daily, and you can watch them feed the baby animals at this time.

2. The Giraffe Center

Location: Duma Road, Karen

Services: This is a popular place in Nairobi where you can feed giraffes from a platform and even touch a giraffe tongue!

3. Village Market

Location: Gigiri, Nairobi

Services: This is the home 150 shopping stores, a glorious food court, Friday Maasai Market, mini golf and a movie theater. It is a popular neighbourhood destination for families.

4. Panari Sky Centre 

Location: Mombasa Road

Services: East Africa’s first ice skating rink. Don’t worry if you are not too confident of a skater, there are plenty of first timers!

5. Nairobi Arboretum

Location: Arboretum drive, Kileleshwa.

Services: A popular recreational park for residents who want to hold a picnic, take long walks or simply meditate. Large groups visit for team building activities while lovebirds enjoy the tranquility in the serene environment.

6. Nairobi National Museum

Location: Kipande Rd, Nairobi

Services: A  one-stop for visitors to sample the country’s rich heritage both for education and leisure purposes. In addition, visitors are treated to a variety of shopping and dining facilities, as well as botanical gardens that offer a serene environment for family picnics.

7. Karura Forest

Location: Limuru Road, Nairobi

Services: Karura Forest offers visitors 50 km of well-maintained secure trails for visitors to walk, jog and cycle. It also has beautiful scenery for photography and family picnics.

8. Ngong Hills

Location: Ngong Police Station, (22km Southwest of Narobi City)

Services: A popular weekend destination for visitors who love hiking, having picnics. The hills have massive windmills and offer a great view of  Nairobi. It is also an amazing place to catch the sunrise and sunrise.

9. GP Karting

Location: Carnivore road off Langata Road. Racing Circuit, Nairobi

Services: Looking for a thrill? This place offers a race track and dining facilities for Family fun days.

10. Maasai Ostrich Farm

Location: Kajiado Road, Kitengela.

Services: Get up, close and personal with ostriches! A great tourist attraction for bird watching, ride an ostrich and dining facilities at the resort.

11. Nairobi National Park

Location: Langata Road, Nairobi

Services: Take a game drive or a Safari walk in the national game park where lions and buffalos roam free! There are a few picnic spots in the wild and a restaurant at the entrance to dine with family/friends.

 

12. Blue Sky Tours in Diamond Plaza – indoor rock climbing

Location: 6th Floor Old Tower, Diamond Plaza. Masari Road, Parklands. Nairobi

Services: You don’t have to go outdoors to enjoy rock climbing. This is a great place to enjoy indoor rock climbing for family, friends and team building activities.

13. Oloolua Nature Trail

Location: Bogani Road, Karen

Services: This beautiful forested area offers grounds for hiking, a picnic site and a self-catering camping site for those who enjoy spending more than a day outdoors. Be sure to visit the waterfall area and catch a few spectacular photos.

14. Mamba Village

Location: Langata North Road

Services:  A giant resort with restaurants, opportunities for relaxing in gardens and a crocodile farm! It’s a great place to escape the city and enjoy Nairobi’s beautiful green scenery and fresh air!

14. Paint-balling Fury Limited

Location: Purdy Arms Karen; Langata-Gp Karting; The Forest-Mbagathi Ridge

Services: It offers fun paint-balling activities for groups.

16. Karen Hub Mall

Location: Dagoretti Road, Karen

Services: The home of family friendly restaurants, shopping stores, picnic areas and amazing children’s games arcade. Perfect destination for all things family friendly.

17. Splash Waterworld

Location: Racing circuit, next to Carnivore, Langata.

Services: They offer a wide variety of family friendly services such baby slides, swimming pools, trampolines, merry-go-round and restaurants. They also specialise in hosting corporate and kids events

18. Uhuru Park

Location: Adjacent to Nairobi CBD

Services: It is a great place for Sight seeing and boat rides

19. Nairobi Snake Park

Location: Nairobi National Museum compound, Museum Hill, Muthithi Road.

Services: A National attraction filled primarily with snakes and various reptiles.

20. Nairobi Orphanage

Location: Nairobi National Park, Langata Road.

Services: This is a shelter for abandoned or injured wild animals and you are bound to see a lot of wild animals up-close. If you are lucky you will get a chance to pet a cheetah!

Have you visited any of these places? Which one is your favourite?

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