1. Jeep safari at Nairobi National Park- Nairobi’s first national park offers visitors a look at the region’s varied wildlife including wildebeest and lions. Tour the park on a jeep to see it in its entirety.
2. Take breakfast at Giraffe Manor- Giraffe Manor is an elegant boutique hotel that’s known not just for its stately beauty but its herd of resident Rothschild’s giraffes. Breakfast at the manor and you may just see them wandering over, curious about the new faces.
3. Adopt an elephant at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the leading wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres in Kenya. If the cause is close to your heart, you can adopt an elephant and give it a new lease of life.
4. Watch various animals at Nairobi Safari Walk- Embark on an eye-opening adventure at Nairobi Safari Walk where you’ll be given a glimpse of Kenya’s rich wildlife. Bongos and albino zebras are just a couple of examples.
5. Visit the Village Market- Contrary to its name, The Village Market is a sprawling shopping and recreation complex that has over 100 shops. Dine at restaurants like Khazana and Sofra, and shop for arts and crafts, cosmetics and jewellery.
6. Have nyama choma at the Carnivore- Carnivore is a non-vegetarian’s haven with an all-you-can-eat meat buffet. Nyama Choma or roast meat is the star here. Feast on round after round until you absolutely can’t anymore.
7. Visit Mamba Village- Mamba Village is a crocodile farm and East Africa’s largest. You’ll be introduced to different reptile species and their role in the ecosystem. You’ll also learn facts and interesting tidbits about these powerful creatures.
8. Sunset view from K.I.C.C Helipad- Sunsets always look so much more beautiful from an undisturbed vantage point. K.I.C.C Helipad is the ultimate place to see the Kenya sunset, the cityscape and even Nairobi National Park in the distance.
9. Participate in ostrich racing at Maasai Ostrich Farm- Maasai Ostrich Farm organizes several activities, one of which is ostrich racing. Keep in mind that although popular here, some find it distasteful and cruel.
10. Splash Water World
11. 7D Cinema at Thika Road Mall- Thika Road Mall is home to the city’s most advanced theatre, 7D Cinema. It provides an incredibly immersive experience complete with bubble, smoke and water spray effects.
12. Drink coffee at Java House- Savor the best of African coffee at Java House. The casual dining restaurant’s gourmet cafe culture is hugely popular among locals and tourists.
13. Shop at Maasai Market- Shopping here is one of the best things to do in Kenya. The open-air market is where you can find great things to take back home like curios, paintings, prints and fabrics.
14. Enjoy lunch at Karura Forest- This urban forest boasts almost all 605 wildlife species found in Nairobi along with native flora. Enjoy lunch in the forest with the wealth of life around you.
15. Eat Kenyan cuisines at Amaica Restaurant- Tuck into authentic Kenyan cuisine at Amaica Restaurant. Uji wa Wimbi (porridge), beef samosa and adventurous fare like termites are here for the sampling.
16. Drink Tusker Beer at the Brew Bistro and Lounge- When in Kenya, you absolutely must try Tusker Beer at Brew Bistro and Lounge. Pair it with a dish like a truffle chicken kiev or stuffed tuna.
17. Brown’s Cheese Factory and Farm- You’ll find some of the best natural cheese here with no additives and no colouring. Sit down for lunch and enjoy a tasting of the farm’s speciality cheeses.
18. Enjoy matatu rides- Explore Nairobi on a matatu, a popular form of public transport. These converted vans and buses painted in bright colours ferry passengers from one stop to another.
19. Hiking to Mt Longonot- Mt Longonot is a striking extinct volcano whose crater houses a lush forest. Hike to the summit and see spectacular views of Lake Naivasha.
20. Boating at Lake Naivasha- Take in the beauty of Lake Naivasha that’s home to hundreds of species of birds. It’s also home to majestic hippos. Go on a boat ride and see nature up close.
21. River rafting at Tana- Tana River is the longest in Kenya, spanning 800 km. Discover its power by rafting across it and test your skills over several grades of rapids.
22. Hike to Mount Suswa- Mount Suswa is another volcanic mountain that’s rich in wildlife. The gradual slopes allow for a comfortable hike even for beginners. It takes about 4 hours to the summit and back.
23. Stay at Bomas of Kenya- Experience what it’s like in a traditional village in Bomas of Kenya. Dance, music and crafts showcase the lifestyle of different Kenyan tribes.
24. Whitewater rafting in Sagana- Whitewater rafting, this time in the industrial town of Sagana. The sport is big here as the Sagana River – Kenya’s second longest – flows through. Book a rafting tour and enjoy a bush breakfast and an a la carte lunch.
25. Bungee jumping, Sagana- Whitewater rafting isn’t the only adventure in Sagana; bungee jumping is another and one you definitely must try. Dive from 60 meters up, free-fall and rebound for the ultimate thrill.
26. Stay at Nairobi Tented Camp- We’re going back to Nairobi National Park, this time for a stay at Nairobi Tented Camp. It offers an authentic camping experience, home-cooked meals and exciting game drives.