What to see in Kenya and Nairobi

What is worth seeing in Nairobi?

Ella Sheikhova

Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum. Address: Parliament Buildings (Parliament Rd), Nairobi, Kenya.

In the heart of the capital is the tomb of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, who took his honorary post in 1964. This happened after the country became independent, but before that, Jomo was the local vice-president. Many locals still call him the Father of the Nation to this day because he worked for his people and was elected for three consecutive terms. A great speaker who knew how to get the attention of his audience and make them listen to him, a journalist who always fought for the welfare of his people, and an excellent leader, which is how he is remembered to this day.

Today, the president’s mausoleum can be visited by tourists, but photography here is strictly prohibited, and the mausoleum itself, even tourists should be treated very respectfully.

Railway Museum. Address: Off Haile Sellasie Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya.

The museum was opened in honor of the African Railways, in 1971. Queen Victoria came here to celebrate the launch of the first steam locomotive and was a great honor not only to the builders of the road itself but also to many locals in the city.

The railway was to be the connector between Uganda and Kenya, so many exhibits are dedicated to this beautiful historical, now, legend. Today, the railroad is still in working order and tourists are treated to some amazingly old and rare steam locomotives, although this is quite rare. You can see old passenger cars as well as a mini replica of the railroad with some pictures.

The museum is open to the public from eight in the morning until five in the evening.

Snake Park. Address: Museum Hill, Nairobi, Kenya.

The Snake Park was created to introduce locals to the snakes and reptiles of the African continent. Subsequently, this place has become very popular among tourist streams of the population, because the park opened in 1961 when there were not so many such places. For example, in 2010, there were about one hundred and twenty thousand tourists.

In serpentarium there are as harmless species of snakes and deadly, such as black mamba, African Viper and others. A total of about a hundred specimens are collected here. In addition, tourists will be interested to see the Nile crocodiles, which live in the park area. There are also different species of birds, octopuses. With safe species of reptiles, the park staff conducts interactive activities.

There is also a system of care for reptiles, when park workers take care of injured and rescued reptiles.

Visiting hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

National Museum of Kenya. Address: Museum Hill Road, Nairobi, Kenya.

It is in Nairobi that the National Museum of Kenya is located, which has an invaluable collection of exhibits found in the country by anthropologists. The museum was originally called the Korendon Museum, after the governor of Kenya, but after independence, the name was changed to its present name.

The skeleton of the Turkana boy, or homo erectus, which is considered the most popular among the collections, and which has been the cause of many scandalous controversies among the faithful, is kept here. And also a stuffed effigy of an extinct fish, the kisteper celicanthus, caught by local fishermen.

By the way, the Railway Museum and the serpentarium are neighbors of the museum, so a visit to all three sites is much more convenient and takes less time.

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A visit to the museum will also be interesting for children, as there is a rich collection of flora and fauna of the entire eastern African territory.

Mount Kenya National Park. Address: Kenya, Eastern and Central provinces.

Founded in 1949, the authorities not only created a beautiful place for tourist visits, but also protected the mountain itself and the surrounding area, which is home to amazing animals and rare species of vegetation. Water sources have also been preserved that supply nearby neighborhoods and settlements.

Over time, more and more tourists began to come here, because the territory of the park is about seven hundred square kilometers, and more than half at an altitude of three thousand kilometers above sea level.

Some boundaries of the park are separated from the farmland by an electric fence to protect the human plantations from frequent elephant raids. I was struck by the landscape diversity, because on the territory you can find both plains and glaciers and forests, which is very beautiful and unusual at the same time.

Not for nothing, since 1997, the national park is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Mount Longonot. Address: Kenya, 60 kilometers northwest of Nairobi.

Climbing Mount Longonot is just an incredible adventure, which brought me a lot of pleasure and impressions. Although it’s not very high by mountaineering standards at 2777 meters, it is beautiful and breathtaking. Well, it is worth clarifying that the walk is not recommended for people with heart disease.

It is very beautiful here, because the mountain is the crater of an extinct volcano, which over the years has become overgrown with green trees and shrubs. The last eruption here was in 1860, so today the top of the mountain can conquer every tourist. From here you can beautifully see the rift valley with its beautiful lakes, as well as the surrounding country of Kenya. In addition, around the mountain created a national park, whose nature is under the state protection of Kenya.

St. Mark’s Church.

On the territory of Nairobi is the only Orthodox Church, of which there are very few on the entire African continent. It was built by Coptic Egyptian Christians, and St. Mark is considered the first preacher of Christianity in Africa, so the church itself is named after him.

In 2009, the Patriarch of Alexandria and Theodore II visited the church in Nairobi. This is due to the fact that all the congregations of the eastern African territories have merged into the Irinopolitan metropolis, which has raised the status of the church a little. Many Christians live in Nairobi, so they come to church services here.

Ella Sheikhova

The capital of Kenya is the city of Nairobi, which is beautiful and cozy. This is the largest and most populous city in East Africa, located almost on the equator. Therefore, tourists have a lot to see here.

Nairobi National Park.

This is an amazing wildlife home in Kenya, which was created for the sole purpose of keeping animals away from poachers and hunters. For it was in the twenties that people simply went mad, and packs came more and more often to the country to kill large animals, just to build their collections. Thus, they were killing elephants, rhinos, just for fun, and the population of the animals themselves became threatened with extinction. Surprisingly, the Prince of Wales and President Roosevelt, were also hunting enthusiasts.

Today, however, it is a large park, on the territory of which the animals feel free and protected. Tourists are happy and interested to watch the life of large animals such as rhinos, lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, zebras, antelopes and others. There are crocodiles in the southern part of the park. In addition, this is where you can meet black rhinos, which are very few in the world. And many of them were brought to Nairobi Park to protect them from poachers.

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By the way, I advise you to come to the park very early, while the animals are looking for water, then you will be able to see quite a few species. Otherwise, you will only see antelopes and zebras.

Nairobi is home to the park’s Wildlife Conservation Center, which gives educational lectures. You can also go on a Safari walk.

The entrance fee to the park costs about $50, plus you should consider the cost of the ride itself. The price depends on how you can arrange and what transport you will use. I made an agreement with a cab driver in Nairobi city and the price for a ride through the park was about $50, for about 4 hours of driving.

Langatta Giraffe Center. The address is P.O.Box 15124-00509 Nairobi, Kenya.

Here you can observe different species of giraffes, mainly Maasai and Rothschild giraffes, of which there are very few left in the wild. In 1979, the first baby giraffe was born in the center, and that’s where their subsequent breeding and keeping began. The African Endowment for the Defence of Wild Animals hatched the idea of such an amazing center where giraffes could breed and give birth to offspring and increase their numbers. Here giraffes even let themselves be petted and are not afraid of people at all. Some weasels even look into the house to ask for something tasty. The staff at the cafe specially leaves the windows open, knowing that the giraffes will soon look in here.

The area from the residence is about ninety acres of land, which has special trails along the fences. There is an opportunity to feed these spotted beauties in the park, which is very pleasant for children. There are also leopards, hyenas, warthogs, and many monkeys living on the park grounds. Another thing I liked about the park is that it is very beautiful and picturesque, because the Gogo River runs through the area and the tropical trees are a great addition to the whole landscape.

There is also an excellent souvenir shop in the park, where you can buy all sorts of things on the way.

Karen Blixen Museum. Address: Karen Road, Nairobi, Kenya.

As you may have guessed, this is the house-museum dedicated to the Danish writer Karen Blixen, a unique and talented woman who gave her love exactly to Africa. At the age of thirty, Karen and her husband came to Kenya to work on a coffee plantation. Here the couple remained until Karen’s serious illness, after which she and her husband divorced and the writer stayed here in Kenya.

After this, Karen begins a relationship with a local hunter, and when he dies in a car accident, she returns to Europe to write her book. The book, titled “Out of Africa”, becomes a bestseller and is the basis for a movie starring famous actors Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

In 1931, after the death of the writer, her house was transferred to the government of Kenya, as well as the land around it. And in 1986, the authorities opened a house-museum for those who love and appreciate the works of the writer, or just for those who are interested in how this talented woman lived.

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Parliament Buildings of Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta. Address: Parliament Buildings P.O Box 41842 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

For a just society and honest rulers – that’s exactly the sign that hangs at the entrance to Parliament. And the building itself is very easy to find, because next to it there is a tall clock tower, by which you can safely navigate. Tourists can witness the meetings of parliament, because all of them are public and open. In addition, there are guided tours, with visits to the local gallery.

It is very interesting that the building used to be wooden, and the construction was created in the 19th century. And in 1913, the authorities decided to build a more robust building. But that’s not all, because after thirty years, the building was demolished and completely built a new one, in the colonial style.

The clock tower. Address: Haile Selassie Avenue.

This is very beautiful, and one of the tallest buildings in Africa, the height of about one hundred and forty meters. There is an omen that if you stand near the tower, you can gain strength and solar energy. Although, I was reminded of Big Ben in London. Inside there are various offices, as well as eleven floors given for parking. The original design is so calculated that the tower is almost not afraid of earthquakes. And to get into the building without documentation is virtually impossible.

Jami Mosque. Address: Kigali Rd, Nairobi.

The mosque is one of the most beautiful architectural landmarks of the city. It was erected in 1902-1906. It is located in the center on Banda Street.

The typical Arab-Muslim style, dominated by marble, is simply beautiful. But the main beauty of the temple are the silver domes, of which there are three. A gilded arch adorns the entrance to the hall, and the complex itself consists of a library and an educational institution.

Attractions of Nairobi

Clock Tower Natural History Museum Nairobi National Park Jami Mosque Nairobi Railway Station Railway Museum Langatta Giraffe Centre Karen Blixen Museum

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Clock Tower

Clock Tower (photo)

The Clock Tower is one of the tallest structures in Africa. It stands in the center of Nairobi and its spire is 140 meters off the ground. Local legend has it that standing near the tower can recharge you with the energy of the sun and give you energy and wisdom for life. The tower is somewhat reminiscent of London’s Big Ben.

Inside the building are offices. The tower has 38 floors, seven of which are occupied by the bank and eleven floors are under the parking lot. The tower is designed in such a way that it is virtually immune to earthquakes.

All premises are carefully guarded and it is impossible to enter the building without documents.

Coordinates : -1.29027800,36.82388900

Natural History Museum

Museum of Natural History (photo)

One of the many attractions of the Kenyan city of Nairobi is the Natural History Museum opened in 1910. It gained its popularity because of its unique collections that fully reveal the richness of the country’s history and the diversity of the natural world.

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The museum is a huge complex that includes a variety of exhibition halls. The most popular of them is the Dinosaur Park. There are models of ancient reptiles, the biggest one is 10 meters high. Also worth special attention are the remains of plants and animals that are extinct 200 years ago, presented in 2 halls. A special gallery is devoted to the models of ancient mammals – creodonts and condylarthropes.

Currently, the staff of the Museum of Natural History is actively engaged in research activities, exchanging data with foreign institutions. There is a science laboratory at the museum, where they hold lectures for schoolchildren and students. This place is perfect for an exciting family vacation.

Coordinates: -1.27394200,36.81446400

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Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park (photo)

Nairobi National Park in Kenya is a wilderness area. It was created to protect wildlife from hunters and poachers, who in the first half of the 20th century increasingly came to Kenya to kill large animals for their collections. Among such hunters were former U.S. President Roosevelt and the Prince of Wales.

Now visitors to this place can observe the course of life of wild animals in their natural habitat. Rare black rhinos live in the park, they were moved here from other places to save them from poachers. In addition to rhinos, lions, leopards, hyenas, ostriches, zebras, antelopes, and crocodiles live in the southern part.

Nairobi is home to the park’s Wildlife Educational Center, where you can listen to lectures about wildlife and take a tour of the animal refuge, as well as go on a Safari ride.

Coordinates : -1.35696400,36.84655600

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Jami Mosque

Jami Mosque (photo)

The Jami Mosque is one of the most striking architectural landmarks of Nairobi. It is located in the business center of the city on Banda Street. It is the main mosque in Kenya and was built by Syed Abdullah Shah Hussein in 1902-1906. Since its construction, the structure has been rebuilt several times, its area has increased significantly, and new additions have appeared.

The building of the Jami Mosque is made in the typical Arab-Muslim style, with marble predominating among the materials. On the walls there are numerous inscriptions from the Koran, but the main attractions of the monastery are the 3 silver domes, and two single minarets. The entrance to the building is decorated with a beautiful gilded arch. The complex includes a huge library and an educational institute where anyone can study Arabic.

On the right side of the courtyard of the Jami Mosque is a row of apothecaries, bringing the cloister a considerable income for land rent. Nowadays the Jami Mosque is one of the symbols of Nairobi, every day thousands of pilgrims and tourists can be found here.

Coordinates : -1.28336200,36.82055500

Nairobi Railway Station

Nairobi Railway Station (photo)

The Nairobi Railway Station was built in 1899. It is located on the Uganda Railway which runs locomotives to Mombasa, one of Kenya’s largest cities, three times a week.

Of particular note is the Nairobi Railway Station building, which is designed in the style of a medieval castle. The roof is divided into seven pointed parts, each of which has three small windows, one of which is arched. The entrance to the structure is also made in the form of three large arches, on both sides of which there are columns.

The Railway Museum was opened at the Nairobi Railway Station in 2005 with the aim of preserving and displaying the history of rail transport in East Africa.

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Today the station is not only a transport hub but also an important architectural and cultural landmark.

Coordinates : -1.29207700,36.82784500

Railway Museum

Railway Museum (photo)

The Railway Museum in Nairobi was opened in 1971 to commemorate the African railroad, built under Queen Victoria, who personally came to the launching of the first steam locomotive. Here all the exhibits tell the fascinating story of the construction of the road, which was to connect Kenya and Uganda.

The builders were hired in Uganda, and many of them remained in Kenya.

These railroad tracks are still in working order and are still in use today.

Among the unique exhibits are the first three steam locomotives that occasionally take tourists around. There are old passenger cars, a miniature replica of the railroad, and many beautiful photographs.

The museum is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.

Coordinates: -1.29305600,36.82250000

Langatta Giraffe Center

Langatta Giraffe Center (photo)

The inspiration behind the creation of the Center was the African Foundation for the Protection of Wild Animals. The first inhabitant of the park was a baby giraffe caught near their home by the Melville couple in 1979. They still run the center today. They will tell you in detail about each species of giraffe and the difference between them, as well as allow you to feed the pets from your hands. Basically, the center breeds

Rothschild and Maasai giraffes, of which there are very few left in the wild.

The sanctuary, where the Center is located, covers more than 90 acres of land. There are hiking trails, including one along the Gogo River. During the promenade you can see different African animals: warthogs, hyenas, monkeys, leopards, and enjoy the unique view of the waterfall and tropical scenery.

After taking pictures, stop by the local souvenir shop where you can buy a book, postcard, or handicraft made by local artisans.

Coordinates: -1.37446900,36.74232400

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Karen Blixen Museum

Karen Blixen Museum (photo)

The home museum of the famous Danish writer Baroness Karen Blixen, who gave her heart to Africa forever, is shrouded in the unique story of her mistress’ life. At the age of thirty, she and her husband go to Kenya to develop a coffee plantation. They run their business for several years, until it turns out that Karen is infected with a serious disease. In 1925, the couple divorces and Karen stays in Africa. She begins an affair with a local hunter.

After her lover dies in a car accident, Karen returns to Europe and immerses herself in writing.

From her pen comes the book “Out of Africa,” which became an international bestseller and was the basis for the movie of the same name starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

After Karen Blixen died in 1931, her house was preserved as a memorial. Subsequently, the Danish government donated both the house and the land around it to Kenya. The villa was restored and in 1986 opened to tourists and all those who love the work of this remarkable woman.

Coordinates: -1.34588400,36.71365900

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