Nairobi is the biggest city of Kenya and the city is well known for how densely populated the city is. But there are many places of interest to visit while in Nairobi.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is one of the most visited tourist destinations near Nairobi. The park is located seven kilometers away from the city of Nairobi. The park had been established back in 1945 and it is the oldest park in Kenya. Wildlife is abundantly found in Nairobi National Park which covers over 117 square kilometers. Wild animals commonly found in the park include zebras, lions, baboons, cheetahs, and lions. The park also has an animal orphanage that raises orphaned elephants and rhinos for later release back into the wild.
Nairobi National Museum
The Nairobi National Museum which reopened in 2007 holds an impressive collection of early man fossils in no small part because of its association with former museum director Richard Leakey. This collection alone makes the museum worth your time, but the grounds are also home to Snake Park and Botanical Gardens. It is best to avoid Fridays at the museum when it can be overrun with school groups. The museum also hosts exhibits on Kenya’s history and culture.
The Railway Museum
The Railway Museum of Nairobi reflects the long history of railways in Kenya. All the different locomotives and steam engines placed in the museum belong to the colonial period of Kenya. Tourists who have a particular interest in the history or trains will find this a must stop.
The Snake Park
There are very few parks in the world dedicated to snakes only. The Snake Park is one such place to visit. You will find the deadliest and most poisonous snakes of all bound in grass cages. Some of the snakes are kept in deep and open pits. The Snake Park of Kenya is also home to some of the rarest crocodile species found in Africa. As mentioned before, the Snake Park is in the same compound as the Nairobi National Museum.
Uhuru Park is amongst the ideally located tourist destinations within the center of the city. This park’s name has been derived from the word Uhuru which means freedom. The local residents of Nairobi use Uhuru Park for speeches and public rallies. Tourists can also find many monuments about the independence of Kenya. The park is not only a great place for public gatherings but people also find it a great place to relax under lush green trees with green grass.
Hear more about what to do in Nairobi and the rest of Kenya in Travel to Kenya – Amateur Traveler Episode 673.
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August 9th, 2012 at 11:25 pm
these places are really cool. specially Nairobi National Museum is best for me.
thanks for sharing.
Mary Nyambura MburuSays:
April 16th, 2019 at 3:32 am
this is very good if all you have is a day as you wait to start your kenya safari or to take a night flight.if you are an animal lover, the nairobi national park will be ideal as within you will also have opporunity to visit the animal orphanage.