Nairobi City Tour: Nairobi County
Nairobi City is a capital of Kenya, East Africa. Its name comes from a Maasai name Enkare which means Cool waters and derived from Nairobi River which traverses through the city.
It is one of the few cities in the world with a National Park close to the capital center. Nairobi is no doubt the most popular city in East Africa. It is vibrant, full of life and a host of many tours and travel destinations. Whether you are a luxury tourist or a budget backpacker, time spent in the city and its neighborhoods will create a memorable experience.
Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city deriving its population from different counties in Kenya and from all over the world. Being a host of many international organizations, it hosts many expatriates. The official language in Nairobi is English but Kiswahili (National Language) is widely spoken.
What to do and see in and around the city
If it is your first time in Nairobi, Kenya, you will have a great experience of the city and nearby attractions by indulging in a full day private tour. We believe that the best way to learn your way around the city center and know about its history, people’s way of life, business activities, Nature, and landscapes is by taking a walk and interacting with the Locals.
The most popular landmarks and famous places in the city include:
- Maasai Market
- Kenyatta International Conference Center
- Kenya High Court
- Supreme court of Kenya
- National archives
- August 7 Memorial Park
- The Parliament Building
- Uhuru Park
- City Hall
About Nairobi city Private tour and sightseeing
This private tour will take you on a site-seeing exploration of the Nairobi City Centre. You will get to know more about the city’s rich history as you learn to find your way like a local. You will see and appreciate some of the historic buildings, popular landmarks, Monuments and Museums within Nairobi.
Things to do and places to visit on a full day tour of Nairobi City
- Maasai Market: This is a one of the must-see attraction when visiting Nairobi, Kenya. You will see a variety display of ornaments, paintings, jewelry, clutch bags, sandals, clothing, wallets and other items at the Maasai Market.
- KICC: Kenyatta International Conference Center is the celebrated landmark in Nairobi. From its rooftop, you can see almost the entire city.
- City Market: It is one of the oldest formal markets in Kenya. Here, traders sell flowers, fish vegetables, handicrafts, artworks, and jewelry.
- August 7 Memorial Park: It stands at the former US Embassy. It a historical site and a memorial in remembrance of the people who perished following a terrorist bomb blast on August 1998.
- McMillan Library: This is one of the oldest and largest libraries in Kenya.
- Jeevanjee gardens: Located in the city center is the Jeevanjee garden. This recreational garden was donated by AM Jeevanjee who was one Nairobi’s first businessman from India.
- Uhuru Park and Central Park: Both are recreational parks within the city of Nairobi.
- Central park monument: This monument (Nyayo) is a statue of Kenya’s second president Daniel Arap Moi
- Khoja Mosque: One of the biggest mosques in Nairobi and a very popular landmark. It is was designed by Virji Nanji for the Shah Ismailia Community.
Other attractions and buildings include:
- Dedan Kimathi and Tom Mboya statue.
- High court of Kenya
- Supreme court building
- Tour of downtown Nairobi
- Cameo cinema
- Railway Museum
- National Archives
- City Hall
- Parliament building
- Kenya High court and Supreme court
- Phoenix Theatre
- Alliance Francoise
- Ensure you have your travel documents or identification
- Comfortable walking shoes and clothes
- Water and energy bars or snacks
- Money in form of cash, Card or Mpesa
- Some of these places you are required to pay an entrance fee. The charges vary depending on the attraction. Get in touch for more information regarding any of the places.
How to get around the city
This tour mainly involves walking around the city.
You can get to Nairobi from your hotel or residence by “MATATU” (Local public transport buses), local taxis or share taxis services.
If you are coming from Mombasa, you can use SGR Madaraka Express train which operates daily between Nairobi and Mombasa.
Other must-see attractions within the vicinity of Nairobi City
- Nairobi National Park
- Nairobi Safari Walk and Animal orphanage
- Giraffe center
- David Sheldrick elephant orphanage
- Oloolua Nature Walk
- Karen Blixen Museum
- Kazuri beads
- Galleria shopping mall
- Bomas of Kenya cultural center
- Steadman gardens
- Nairobi Museum
- Visit Kibera informal settlements
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Wander Kenya offers full day and half day tours of Nairobi city. Whether in a group or as an individual, our private guides will show you around and give you a memorable local experience. Contact us today to book a tour.