With so much to see and do, you’ll never get bored in Nairobi. While most visitors make a beeline for the wildlife-rich national parks, the city is well worth exploring first. Delve into Kenya’s cultural heritage at the National Museum and check out the larger-than-life elephant model and fascinating collection of early human fossils. The museum has even got its own Snake Park, home to the Baboon Spider, Mombasa Train Millipede and The Nile Crocodile.
Another must-see landmark is the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. This 28-story building is a blend of traditional African design and cutting-edge architecture. Stand on the viewing platform and enjoy an eagle’s-eye view of the cityscape. On a clear day, you can even see Mt. Kenya in the distance.
For more architectural wonders, visit the Jamia Mosque in the heart of the Central Business District. Built by Syed Maulana Abdullah Shah in 1902, it’s one of the most prestigious religious buildings in Kenya and is characterised by its Arabian-style silver domes. Here, you can learn about one of the largest communities in Nairobi.
If you’re keen to immerse yourself in East Africa’s traditional culture, you won’t want to miss the Bomas of Kenya. Let’s face it, we all love being entertained, but this isn’t your typical Broadway musical. Listen to tribal women singing elegant, synchronised harmonies, tribal men telling stories through dance, and drum beats echoing in the auditorium. Just don’t forget to upload this spectacular event to your Instagram story to make your family and friends jealous.
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