20 must-see places for kids in Nairobi

Nairobi is one of the most interesting cities in Africa and has some awesome places you can enjoy visiting whether you are a visitor or a resident. Here are some suggestions of the best places to visit with your kids.

Location: Bogan Gate, Magadi Road

Services: This place is a safe harbor for orphaned baby elephants and rhinos. It is open to visitors between 11am-12pm daily, and you can watch them feed the baby animals at this time.

Location: Duma Road, Karen

Services: This is a popular place in Nairobi where you can feed giraffes from a platform and even touch a giraffe’s tongue!

Location: Gigiri, Nairobi

Services: This is the home of 150 shopping stores, a glorious food court, Friday Maasai Market, mini golf and a movie theater. It is a popular neighbourhood destination for families.

Location: Mombasa Road

Services: East Africa’s first ice skating rink. Don’t worry if you are not too confident of a skater, there are plenty of first timers!

Location: Mombasa Road

Services: East Africa’s first ice skating rink. Don’t worry if you are not too confident of a skater, there are plenty of first timers!

Location: Arboretum drive, Kileleshwa

Services: A popular recreational park for residents who want to hold a picnic, take long walks or simply meditate. Large groups visit for team building activities while lovebirds enjoy the tranquility in the serene environment.

Location: Kipande Rd, Nairobi

Services: A one-stop for visitors to sample the country’s rich heritage both for education and leisure purposes. In addition, visitors are treated to a variety of shopping and dining facilities, as well as botanical gardens that offer a serene environment for family picnics.

Location: Limuru Road, Nairobi

Services: Karura Forest offers visitors 50 km of well-maintained secure trails for visitors to walk, jog and cycle. It also has beautiful scenery for photography and family picnics.

Location: Ngong Police Station, 20km Southwest of Nairobi City

Services: A popular weekend destination for visitors who love hiking or having picnics. The hills have massive windmills and offer a great view of  Nairobi. It is also an amazing place to catch the sunrise and sunset.

Location: Carnivore road off Langata Road. Racing Circuit, Nairobi

Services: Looking for a thrill? This place offers a race track and dining facilities for family fun days.

Location: Kajiado Road, Kitengela

Services: Get close and personal with ostriches! A great tourist attraction for bird watching, ride an ostrich and dining facilities at the resort.

Location: Langata Road, Nairobi

Services: Take a game drive or a Safari walk in the national game park where lions and buffalos roam free! There are a few picnic spots in the wild and a restaurant at the entrance to dine with friends and family.

Location: 6th Floor Old Tower, Diamond Plaza. Masari Road, Parklands. Nairobi

Services: You don’t have to go outdoors to enjoy rock climbing. This is a great place to enjoy indoor rock climbing for family, friends and team building activities.

Location: Bogani Road, Karen

Services: This beautiful forested area offers grounds for hiking, a picnic site and a self-catering camping site for those who enjoy spending more than a day outdoors. Be sure to visit the waterfall area and catch a few spectacular photos.

Location: Mokoyeti Road, Ongata Rongai

Services: A one of a kind floating restaurant, opportunities for children to run around in the lush gardens and a snake park! It’s a great place to escape the city and enjoy Nairobi’s beautiful green scenery and fresh air at their distinct tented camps for your holiday getaway!

Location: Purdy Arms Karen; Langata-Gp Karting; The Forest-Mbagathi Ridge

Services: It offers fun paint-balling activities for groups.

Location: Dagoretti Road, Karen

Services: The home of family-friendly restaurants, shopping stores, picnic areas, and amazing children’s games arcade. A perfect destination for all things family friendly.

Location: Karen

Services: There are nile crocodiles, ostriches and water activities for kids. It is a great place for children to experience crocodiles and offers the opportunity to feed them. Accommodation is also offered.

Location: Adjacent to Nairobi CBD

Services: It is a great place for sightseeing and boat rides.

Location: Nairobi National Museum compound, Museum Hill, Muthithi Road

Services: A national attraction filled primarily with snakes and various reptiles.

Location: Nairobi National Park, Langata Road

Services: This is a shelter for abandoned or injured wild animals and you are bound to see a lot of wild animals up-close. If you are lucky you will get a chance to pet a cheetah!


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