Nairobi Kenya Attractions

Nairobi Kenya Attractions include rich historical sites, a national park, giraffe breeding center, tourist village, elephant orphanage and many other exciting places.

The Carnivore Restaurant

This is a famous restaurant in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. Its specialty is a wide variety of meat.  It is a popular tourist destination and features an all you can eat meat buffet. It was once ranked 47th at the annual “The World’s best 50 restaurants” list by UK based Restaurant magazine. There is also a popular “Simba Saloon” night club on the premises. The restaurant holds concerts with many local artists performing. International artistes such as Shaggy, Tevin Campbell. T.O.K and Sean Paul have also performed there. The Carnivore Restaurant is owned by the Tamarind Group, which also operates Tamarind seafood restaurants in Mombasa and Nairobi. There is also another similar restaurant named Carnivore, owned by the same management, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Nairobi Safari Walk

There is a magnificent safari walk located at the entrance of the park. This walk has been transformed and modernized for you to stroll down comfortably, quietly observing the animals in their natural habitats. There is a fresh variety of wildlife in their natural environment viewed from a rooftop level. You will see crocodiles, the tigers, apes and chimpanzees, among a host of other varied wildlife species. As you stroll down, stop and read some of the information availed about different species of animals, and plants. Look out especially for birds, butterflies, incredible insects and species of indigenous plants.

The Animal Orphanage

Also located within the National Park is an animal orphanage for orphaned and sick animals. Some of these animals have already healed but are awaiting full recovery before being released back to the wilderness. This unique wildlife sanctuary is just a few kilometers from Nairobi’s bustling city centre, with Nairobi boasting of having the only wildlife sanctuary to be found in the city precincts in the world. Despite its proximity over 50 species of mammals can be found there, including four of the Big Five with elephant species not being represented.

The National Museums of Kenya

The National Museums of Kenya is a governmental body maintaining museums and monuments in Kenya. It also practices scientific research and its main goal was and is to conduct an ongoing critical scientific examination of the natural attributes of the East African habitat. The museum houses museum collections and exhibits and has responsibility for about 20 regional museums, many sites, and monuments across the country. The nearby Snake Park is also accessible to the public.

Bomas of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya is a tourist village in Lang’ata, Nairobi. In this village, homesteads are displayed in made up traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes. It was established by the government in 1971 as a subsidiary company of Kenya Tourist Development Corporation as a tourist attraction. It also wanted to preserve, maintain and promote rich and diverse cultural values of various tribal groups of Kenya.

The Giraffe Center

The Giraffe Center was started by Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured a baby giraffe to start a programme of breeding giraffe in captivity at their home in Lang’ata – home of the present centre. Since then the programme has had huge success, resulting in the introduction of several breeding pairs of Rothschild Giraffe into Kenyan national parks. The Giraffe Centre is located in Lang’ata, approximately 15 km from the centre of Nairobi, Kenya. It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, giraffa Camelopardalis Rothschildi that is found only in the grasslands of Africa. In 1979, Leslie-Melville added an education centre to his (then still private) giraffe sanctuary. By 1983 he had raised enough money to establish the Giraffe Visitor’s Centre as a tourist destination in Nairobi. The center is also home to several warthogs which freely roam the area along with the giraffes. The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform.