Nairobi City Tour
Duration: Half Day
If you are planning on taking a holiday in Kenya, you are likely to fly into the capital city of Nairobi, one of Africa’s largest and most interesting cities. Although most people only travel to the city before embarking on their Kenyan safari, Nairobi is certainly worth exploring if you get the chance.
This vibrant, cosmopolitan city offers an interesting mix of races and cultures as well as sightseeing, bustling markets, lively nightlife and a fantastic music scene – all on the doorstep of one of Africa’s most popular national parks. Enjoy a city tour with an experienced local guide, where you can soak up the atmosphere and see some of Nairobi’s highlights.
Meaning “the place of cool waters” in Maasai, Nairobi has transformed itself from an uninhabited swampland into a thriving modern city over the last century. Beginning as a railway depot in 1899, it is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa, both politically and financially, and has established itself as a hub for business and culture.
Also known as the “Green City in the Sun”, “City of Flowers” and “Safari Capital of the World”, Nairobi is a place of great contrasts. As with any major city, Nairobi has its fair share of crime, poverty, dirty streets and towering skyscrapers, but you will also find wide avenues lined by trees and flowers, picturesque parks and lush gardens, interesting museums and colourful markets to explore.
One of the first stops of the tour is the bustling City Market. If you are looking for unique gifts and souvenirs, you will find a wide selection of local handicrafts here, including unique soapstone carvings, wood carvings and the famous Kenyan hand-woven baskets “kiondos”. If you are prepared to barter, you can pick up some great bargains.
Other city highlights include the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, the National Museum, Parliament Buildings and Nairobi Snake Park, which was built to educate the public about Kenya’s native snakes and reptiles. During the tour, your friendly local guide will be happy to share his vast knowledge of Nairobi by answering any questions you may have.
What stands out about Nairobi city above all else is its vibrant energy, which never seems to tire. From shoppers and street vendors to youngsters looking to party the night away, Nairobi buzzes from dawn ‘til dusk. This diverse city tour is a different kind of African experience not to be missed.
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