18 Best Day Trips You Can Make from Nairobi
Nairobi is main capital city of Kenya. Nairobi is the biggest of all the three cities in kenya and located at the middle of Mombasa and Kisumu cities. It is strategically located with a number of beautiful places to visit, within or just a short distance away. It also has the biggest international and commercial Airport, The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which provides an ease access of the City.
You do not need necessarily to travel across borders for you to make your stay in kenya one of the best. Not worrying about your availability in the city, one has to choose between romantic getaway, day trips, outdoor activities, game drives and camping activities which can be easily undertaken in a single day.
The Banana Farmhouse if found in Kiambu at the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. The area is just twenty miles from Nairobi’s Central Business District.
The Ark, Aberdares
It is located at The Aberdare National Park and resembles the Noah’s ark
There are a number of activities carried out in this place which include: Safari Drives ,Wildlife viewing , Bird watching ,Guided bush and nature walks, Visiting the Moorlands Alongside Fishing.
Rapid’s Camp Sagana
The main activities in this place include picnic, water sports, team building, camping and rafting. The area can be easily accessed through the Thika Super Highway. The place has a heart touching environment and once visited, one develops a desire to have a re visit.
Mount Longonot is a Kenyan Volcanic mountain found in the South east of Lake Naivasha. Longonot is located in Great Rift Valley. Mount Longonot mountain is protected by the Kenya Wildlife services as it does to the mount Longonot National Park. The mountain forms a habitat for quite a number of wildlife which includes Gazelles, Leopards and zebras.
Atop the mountain is a caldera whose area has been estimated to be ninety-six square kilometers which was formed through eruptions of lava around twenty-one thousand years ago.
Another hiking location, with even more scenic views than Mount Longonot. You can enjoy the wonderful views of the city and the Great Rift Valley. This hike is all about the views. A trek on this hill is a great get-away from the bustle of the city and just a place to chill, picnic and have a 360-degree view of Nairobi and its environs! The air is fresh and the walk is great.
Amboseli National Park
It was formerly known as the Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve but was later renamed to Amboseli National Park. It is found in Kajiado county, Kenya. The park has an approximate area of about three hundred and ninety-two square kilometers. The local communities are mostly the Maasai communities.
The population has increased due to settlements of other communities who have been attracted by the economic activities of tourism agriculture along the various swamps in the regions. The Park is among the best sites that provide good wildlife viewing experiences in the world with over four hundred species of birds; kingfishers, pelicans, crakes harmerkop among others.
The park also provides a good view of Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest free standing mountain in the world. Due to the long dry months, the park has sparse vegetation which comprises of African grasslands and thus gives a good watch of the wild animals in the park.
The fourteen falls is about twenty-seven meter deep and found near Thika. The Falls are just sixty-five kilometers from Nairobi off the Nairobi – Garissa Highway. The name was derived from the fourteen distinct waterfalls on the big section of the Athi River. A number of activities are carried out in the place and these incudes; fishing, bird watching, photography among others.
The Chania Falls is found within the proximity of Nairobi, a few miles from the City. The place is accessible by road through the Nyeri Highway. Among the things to do at the Chania Falls include Boat riding, Bird watching, photography and fishing.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi is the only capital city in the world that has a National Park in it in The World. The Park is just a few miles from the Kenya’s Capital. It is also the first National Park established in Kenya. This was done in order to provide habitat for the wild animals which wandered in the area and posing great danger to people. The park is also known for Rhino sanctuary found in it and which provide protection for over fifty endangered Rhinos.
Other wildlife in the park include; zebras, cheetah, gazelles, warthogs, lions, Buffalo, cheetah ostriches and over four hundred species of birds. Just at the gate of the Park is the Orphan – elephant rescue and rehabilitation program which was founded by the late Daphne Sheldrick. Daphne founded the program in remembrance of her husband who was a former game warden at the Tsavo National Park. The orphanage cares the small and young abandoned elephants.
Another scenery is the Giraffe Centre which was established to improve conservation education to children.
The Karura forest is a natural forest which was protected by the late Environmental hero Wangari Maathai and is located a few miles from the Nairobi’s Central Business District. It houses a number of caves and waterfalls. The North west of Limuru Road is where one vising the forest for cave exploration has to consider passing. Most of tourists prefer this site for the cool experiences in the forest.
The forest has various activities which take place; forest walk, forest biking, bird watching and playing tennis in the tennis courts found within the forest.
Hells Gate National Park
Hell’s Gate is located to the south of Lake Naivasha and is famous for its wildlife and beautiful scenery. It has three camp sites. Wildlife found in the park include; Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards although it may be very difficult to spot them in the park. The common wildlife includes the Baboons, Zebras, Hyenas and Gazelles.
The park serves as a home for over one hundred species of birds. Camping in the park is also ideal due to its accessibility from major parts of the country.
Lake Naivasha is also another destination for those intending to visit Kenya. The lake is a fresh water lake found in Nakuru county in the Great Rift valley of Kenya. It is a few meters from Naivasha town and around ninety kilometers from Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi. The name Naivasha according to the Maasai language refers to Nai’posha which translates to rough water.
The roughness of the lake has been attributed to the sudden storms which often occurs at different times. Due to excessive use of water from the lake for farming activities, the level of the water has reduced drastically.
The average depth of the lake is six meters while the maximum depth is thirty meters. Its altitude is estimated at one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four meters. The fresh water lake is known as a home for various species of birds and a considerable number of hippos. There are other smaller lakes associated with Lake Naivasha; Lake Oloiden and Lake Sonachi which is a green crater lake.
On the shores of the lake agricultural activities mainly floriculture take place. The growing of the flowers for export has been facilitated by the fertile soils and the good climate. The lake has provided an ideal source of income for the population in the region. Among the economic activities include fishing activities.
There are a number of activities to be done upon visiting the area which include; visit to crescent Island where you can walk in safety alongside wild but non dangerous wild animals, climbing mount longonot which is about two thousand eight hundred and eighty-six meters above the sea level, visit the geothermal projects in the Hell’s Gate and boat riding on the Lake.
Nairobi National Museum
The National Museum is located in Nairobi and provides a better place for spending leisure time and your weekends. The museum has a number of cultural and historical exhibits which include stuffed birds and mammals and fossils from Lake Turkana which is found in the Great Rift Valley. Other displays include that from different tribes and local art. The museum has seen numerous visits by pupils and students from different learning institutions from all over Kenya, Local and international tourists.
The Bomas Of Kenya
The Bomas of Kenya is located around ten kilometers from Nairobi. It is a ‘living museum’ which celebrates all Kenya’s tribes and their cultures. The place is an ideal place where you can learn about Kenyan art, music, lifestyles, crafts and culture each representing a particular tribe.
The Kenyatta International Conference Centre
The name was derived from the Kenya’s First president Jomo Kenyatta. The structure is cylindrical and serves as a conference, meetings and exhibition Centre embraced internationally. People visit the structure for more explorations on the exhibitions which have been held annually.
The name Ngong is a Maasai name which is used to refer to knuckles. The Ngong hills are assumed to take the shape of the back of the human fist facing towards the sky. The Hills are about thirty minutes from Nairobi and hence easily reachable by anyone within the city.
While in Nairobi choose from the above list of areas ideal for your luxury satisfaction!