The tips from Charlie’s Angel Ruth
Our own Nairobi city tour! Together with a group of people who grew up in downtown Nairobi, you discover the city with the leg wagon and hear the most extraordinary stories.
For all families: Lake Naivasha. Easy to reach from Nairobi by car, or adventurous with the matatu. Take a boat trip while you see large hippos have lunch on the side and spot the wonderful birds that fly by. Also don’t forget to make a stop at Hell’s Gate National Park, where you can cycle through by bike. Move over the plains on your mountain bike while the zebras run a little with you and the giraffes at ease eat the leaves of the trees.
You cannot skip the Maasai Market! Touristic, though, but also the best place to score souvenirs. Colored bracelets, large earrings, a wooden salad cutlery or a colorful bag or table for the home. Everything can be found here! Keep in mind that it can be found in a different place every day.
Bomas of Kenya breathes culture. There is a restaurant that serves all national specialties and you will find a group of dancers who would like to introduce you to the Kenyan dance and music traditions. Check their website to see when there are shows and how to reserve a ticket.
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Once you get here, you melt! Every day between 11 am and noon the orphan elephants come outside. In a row they thirst for their caretakers and the mega milk bottles that they hold. After that playtime really starts. A great way to see elephants up close, learn something about them and to contribute to putting the elephants back in the wild, because that’s what it’s all about!
NAIROBI TIPS FROM CHARLIE’S ANGEL DERK
By far Brew’s Bar. Brewed locally (as the name suggests), horrible beer. Fortunately, the taste does not really matter and you are here for the great vibe that the cafe has!
Valley Arcade, the local football pitch. Come here with some friends and play football!
The Taita Hills! Maybe a bit far for a weekend, but absolutely worthy! Put on hiking shoes, go into the mountains, enjoy the greenery and take a sporty weekend away. When you finally reached that breathtaking summit, you can go down abseiling and reward yourself with an ice cold Tuskertje! Moped through the region and especially check this article for more tips.
Lucas in Magadi. Jump (on the back) the engine of Lucas and be guided by the alien-like Magadi. Tear through the desert and struggle with the soft sand under your tires. Along the way, sand bites get a completely different meaning! Have you arrived at Lake Natron, nice! Making a campfire, roasting sausages, adding a beer and staring at those stars. Believe me, you don’t want to leave here after one night.
Can I mention Black Diamond here? Sloppy beats, moist glasses and big booties all around. The place where tourists and locals can be found until late at night and after which they often barely remember the next day …
If you happen to be in Nairobi when a Sofar sounds is also planned, you cannot skip this! These are self-organized concerts in people’s homes. You pay an entrance fee and you can then enjoy music and culture in a different place.
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Nairobi National Park is skipped by many, which is a real shame! Especially if you don’t have much time to go on safari, this is the place to go. With the Nairobi skyline in the background (which sometimes leads to bizarre photos) you will find roaring lions, herds of zebras and various rhino families here.
For a wonderful, relaxing night you have to go to Abyssinia. An Ethiopian restaurant in the suburbs of Nairobi. Great meals, traditional music, you just forget that you are in Kenya!
Nairobi does not really have entire shopping streets, but especially large malls in which the air conditioning is at its loudest and where you can find everything. The best known are Diamond Plaza, Westgate, Garden City and Two Rivers. The latter is especially popular because of the large clothing outlet and you will certainly leave the shop with a filled bag!
Sunsets at Lake Oloiden! This is the smaller brother of Lake Naivasha, but just as beautiful! Zebras and monkeys are hiding among all the trees and when evening falls, the sound of the crickets swells and the sun creates a red glow. Need I say more?
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You go to Wasp & Sprout for the real hipster vibes. You can see countless laptops here from expats who work here for a day. A retro bicycle on the wall, delicious coffee and colorful cushions, you can easily sit here all day. Eat, working or just looking around at all the people who work here. Extra tip: upstairs is also a very nice shop!
Go to the Karura Forest to leave the bustle or Nairobi behind. Put on some music and lose yourself in the beautiful nature that lies right in the middle of the city. You can follow different paths here and the green trees tower high above you. During your walk you occasionally come across small waterfalls and winding monkeys and furthermore it is especially nice and quiet.
Silk noodles on Arwings Kodeck Road! So tasty, so good, once you’ve tasted them, you don’t want anything else!
Somewhat a bit creepy perhaps, but also very interesting: the old graveyard with a war cemetery, a Jewish place and a former colonial cemetery. Special to pause for a moment …
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