Nairobi Rhino
Nairobi Rhino

Why Visit Nairobi on your Kenya Safari

About Nairobi


Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, in the country’s south, is vibrant and welcoming, and offers a glimpse into the rich diversity of East Africa.

You will be captivated by its charm and beauty. Whether you enjoy different cultures, wildlife, or cuisines, you will find something to tantalise your senses. Delight in a Nairobi safari at the Nairobi National Park. Spot lion, leopard, rhino, and more as you explore the park against a unique city backdrop. Visit the Karen Blixen Museum and step into the world of the author of “Out of Africa”. See her home and learn about the Kikuyu people who helped her manage her coffee farm. Don’t miss the chance to meet the adorable, orphaned elephant and rhino at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Watch them play, feed, and bathe as they are lovingly cared for by their devoted keepers. Relish in the diverse flavours of Nairobi’s food scene, from traditional Kenyan dishes to international cuisines.  

Nairobi Safety

Like in most large cities, it’s always good to be vigilant when visiting Nairobi. The tourist areas of the city are relatively safe to visit, but walking around alone at night is discouraged.  

It’s a good idea to not carry valuables with you if you can avoid it. Be aware of your bags and pockets – there are a number of pickpockets and scam artists that try to prey on tourists at local hotspots.  

Most importantly, if you’re ever unsure of which areas should be avoided, ask at your hotel.  

For more information on whether it is safe to travel to East Africa for a safari, check out this blog 

Nairobi Safari Accommodations

Asilia’s approved partner properties comprise the colonial-era House of Waine with its tranquil garden beside the Karen Blixen Museum. Giraffe Manor is a photogenic hotel where giraffe poke their long necks through dining room windows to enjoy breakfast with guests. The modern Eka Hotel is conveniently situated between Nairobi's two airports, while the Ole Sereni Hotel offers stunning views of Nairobi National Park. 

What to see & Do in Nairobi

Karen Blixen Museum:

Wander and explore the home of Danish author Karen Blixen, where she wrote the riveting and romantic novel Out of Africa, her portrayal of life in colonial East Africa that transfixed readers. Views of the Karen’s beloved Ngong Hills can be enjoyed from the gardens.  

Nairobi National Museum

Located north of Nairobi’s downtown is the Nairobi National Museum. Here are the fascinating archaeological findings of Richard and Mary Leakey, whose famous extensive work excavating early hominids suggests that the Great Rift Valley may be the Cradle of Mankind.   

Nairobi National Park

Kenya's most uniquely located national park is just 7 kilometres (4 miles) from the city, ideal for a city-based safari. It covers 117 square kilometres (45 square miles), and lion, leopard, rhino, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, and more roam this revered reserve.   

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a renowned conservation organisation that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned young elephant and rhino. When appropriate, they are all returned to the wild. The trust fights poaching and protects at-risk animal habitats. You will love this experience.  

Giraffe Centre

Adjoining the luxurious Giraffe Manor is the Giraffe Centre, where you can feed the endangered Rothschild giraffe and learn about their conservation. There are nature trails and a bird sanctuary to enjoy. It’s a fun and educational experience, perfect for all ages.

Our Top Kenyan Safari Itineraries

Complement your exciting Kenyan safari with a stopover in Nairobi. Based on your interests and travel preferences, our trip planners can craft a customised safari just for you. We recommend an itinerary that combines culture and wildlife, so enjoy these sample itineraries. They will inspire you to start creating your Kenyan adventures. 

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Our team of knowledgeable safari planners are on standby to help you curate your unforgettable itinerary. 

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