The capital of Kenya, Nairobi is a vibrant and multicultural city snug in the heart of the country. Its various cultural layers, vibrant food scene, and world-class wildlife experiences make this dynamic city an incredible place to visit and will leave you amazed. 

First-timers or back-packers, Nairobi promises a week-long adventure that will etch indelible memories into your soul.


Day 1: Immerse Yourself in the City’s Heartbeat


Explore the Vibrant Markets

Start your Nairobi escape and plunge into the vibrant markets of the city where the colors, sounds and smells located create a powerful sensory universe. Kick off at the famed Maasai Market where you can shop for handcrafted mementos, bright beadwork, and authentic Maasai clothing. 

Haggling is part of the fun, so don’t be shy to indulge in some friendly banter with the vendors.


Savor the Flavors of Nairobi

After all your market explorations, it is time to pamper your taste buds with the sumptuous and varied culinary offerings of Nairobi. 

One can head to the ever-bustling Mama Oliech Street where the unrivaled street food cuisine savors mouth-watering, like nyama choma (grilled meat), mandazi (fried bread), and the beloved Kenyan staple, ugali. 


Day 2: Embrace the Wild Side


Nairobi National Park Safari

Everyone who visits Nairobi should have a game drive included in their itinerary. Start out by visiting Nairobi National Park located just a short distance away from the city’s skyscrapers. 

Sharing over 2,000 acres with lions, rhinos, giraffes, and clearly a bajillion bird species, this urban wildlife sanctuary is awe-inspiring. Jump on a guided safari tour and have the experienced rangers reveal all of the park’s secrets.


Elephant Orphanage Visit

During the safari, make a stop at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and see the wonderful work they put in as you go to this popular elephant orphanage. See the young being bottle-fed and having fun with their keepers, and learn what incredible conservation work is being done to save these amazing animals.


Day 3: Dive into Nairobi’s Rich Cultural Tapestry

Nairobi Museum

Explore the National Museum

For an opportunity to step back in time and learn more about the rich cultural heritage of Kenya in the Nairobi National Museum. One of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, this museum is home to a beautiful array of artworks, exhibitions, and galleries illustrating the history, traditions, and architecture of various cultures throughout the country. 

From prehistoric fossils to beautiful woodcarvings and traditional pottery, the museum provides an intriguing walk through Kenya’s cultural heritage.


Experience the Bomas of Kenya

In the evening, head to Bomas of Kenya, it is a live museum where you can catch all the spectacular traditional Kenyan troupes performing in wonderful dances celebrating the rich diversity and vibrant traditions of the different ethnic groups in Kenya. Join an afternoon of dance performances, traditional music, and authentic Kenyan food in the heart of Nairobi.


Day 4: Embrace Nairobi’s Art and Shopping Scene


Explore the Galleries and Art Centers

Nairobi, they say, is a hipster paradise as the artistic community of this East African city has been able to present great works by local and even international artists. Your morning should start at the GoDown Arts Centre, a Nairobi-based creative space that features exhibitions, workshops, and performances. 

Next, make your way to the Kuona Trust for a well-versed art it is an art space that feels like home with visiting exhibitions of modern African Art.


Indulge in Retail Therapy

Go for some retail therapy and shop at the lively shopping districts of Nairobi after spending your day exploring art. Village Market, a quaint outdoor mall is worth the stop to explore dozens of charming shops and boutiques, as well as delicious restaurants.

 Have a look at Two Rivers Shopping Mall for a more luxurious shopping experience with posh international brands and signature stores.


Day 5: Embark on a Culinary Journey


Experience a Cooking Class

Enjoy a traditional hands-on cooking class to learn the rich culinary traditions of Kenya. This will truly be a hands-on class as you learn how local chefs adeptly create authentic Kenyan cuisine right from scratch and along the way share their secrets. 

The experience of learning to make the best ugali and spicy stews & curries will enrich you with a greater understanding of Kenyan Cuisine.


Explore the City’s Dining Scene

Following that traditional cooking class, step into Nairobi’s food culture with some versatile eating options. With high-end restaurants featuring fusion cuisine, and small-town eateries catering to traditional dishes, there is something to excite the taste buds of everyone. 

Be sure to try the regional delicacies such as nyama choma (grilled meat), kachumbari (a tomato and onion salad), and a dawa cocktail


Day 6: Venture into the Great Outdoors

ngong hills

Hike the Ngong Hills

Flee the hustle and bustle of the city for a rejuvenating hike up one of the picturesque Ngong Hills. Located a very short distance from Nairobi, these lush hills provide the best panoramic views of not only the dazzling cityscape but also the serine scenery. 

There are several hiking trails for all levels of fitness to help you breathe the clean air and relax your mind.


Visit the Nairobi Arboretum

After your invigorating hike, head to the serene Nairobi Arboretum, a lush oasis within the city. Stroll through the well-manicured gardens, admire the diverse flora and fauna, and take a moment to relax and unwind amidst the peaceful surroundings. 

Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a leisurely afternoon in this urban sanctuary.


Day 7: Bid Farewell to Nairobi


As your week-long adventure in Nairobi draws to a close, take one last stroll through the city’s vibrant streets, soaking in the sights, sounds, and energy that make this place so captivating. Visit the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) and marvel at its iconic architectural design, or simply find a cozy café and reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had.

Nairobi is a city that will leave an indelible mark on your heart, offering a tapestry of cultural richness, natural wonders, and unforgettable adventures. Whether you’re seeking wildlife encounters, culinary delights, or immersive cultural experiences, this vibrant metropolis has something to captivate every traveler’s soul.