Nairobi? Here are pocket friendly places to visit

Have you been looking for exciting places in Nairobi that can make your weekend amazing, relaxing and above all memorable one? Nairobi as a city has got so much to offer and interesting places one can visit over the weekend and I am sharing some of my favorite places within the city to go explore and enjoy a weekend either on Saturday or Sunday and they are as follows:

1. Karura Forest (walk and picnic)

beautiful waterfall at Karura

This is the largest urban forest that you can find in Kenya. As by the name, this is a beautiful forest plantations covering some 630 ha playing host to variety of animals like the Suni, Harvey’s Duiker, Bushbucks, Bush Pigs, Genets, Civets, Honey Badgers, Bush Babies, Porcupines, Syke’s Monkeys, Bush Squirrels among other but dont have fear as most of these animals can be found in the deep sections of this forest besides the monkeys who stand or sit on the branches like the guardians of the forest.

Trails in the forest

Activities you can take part in on your visit include, Trail biking, Forest walks or nature walks along the well marked trails through the amazing waterfall and caves, you can also come relax with your book as you enjoy a picnic at the well maintained picnic sites Also if you are the sporty person, you can come challenge a friend for a tennis match at the available courts. On your visit kindly carry re usable bottles as single use plastic bottles have been banned inside Karura.

Charges: 1. Cycling Ksh 500 for 2 hours

2. Tennis the court charges are KES 200/= for adults and KES 100/= for chidden under 14 years exclusive of entrance fee to the forest. The charges for the use of the courts is per hour

3. Picnic fee per person Adult Ksh 150 and a Child (under 12) Ksh 100 {Note that the picnic fees do not include forest entry nor parking fees that are paid separately (Citizens Adults Ksh 100 {child Ksh 50}/ Residents Adults Ksh 200 {Child Ksh 100}/ Non residents Adults Ksh 600 {child 300} ) Its advisable to carry your passport or Identification card on your visit.

4. Nature walks/ forest walks Ksh 100

2. Ice skating at Panari Hotel famously known as The Solar Ice Rink one of kind in East and Central Africa imagine an ice skating surface area of 15,000 square feet. Charges are Kshs 800 for children up to 14 years and Kshs 1000 for all ages groups 15 years and older per 60 minutes inclusive of the skating boots (they mainly accept Mpesa payments . It is open seven days a week from 11.00 am until 10.00 pm and the Sessions are as follows:

11:00 am to 12 noon
1:00pm to 2:00pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
5:00pm to 6:00pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
9:00pm to 10:00pm

the Panari Ice rink

3. National museum of Kenya

Who said museums are a reserve for school trips alone? Nairobi National Meseum is one interesting places especially after it under went renovations much was brought for exhibition and your time on your visit will just be amazing. It is opened on all 356 days throughout the year from 8:30 am – 05:30 pm. It is located at the Museum Hill, approximately 10 minutes drive from the Nairobi city center accessible both by public and private means.

monument in Memory of Ahmed of Marsabit

Built in 1929 and it houses celebrated collections of Kenya’s History, Nature, Culture and Contemporary Art.

Nature walk trail at Botanical garden

After you are done with your tour of the exhibition plus the snake park you can go on a walk at the Nairobi Botanical Gardens and Nature Trail within the compound of the museum or go enjoy your picnic there enjoying natural ambiance (very few of my friends i know have not walked here).

a peace ladybirth at the Nairobi Botanical Garden

Charges below is a Combination Tickets include admission to the Snake Park.

Citizen Adults Kshs. 300 (save Kshs. 100)
Children below 16 years Kshs. 150 (save Kshs. 50)
Resident Adults Kshs. 600 (save Kshs. 400)
Children below 16 years Kshs. 300 (save Kshs. 300)
Non-Resident Adults Kshs. 1,500 (save Kshs. 900)
Children below 16 years Kshs. 1,000 (save Kshs. 200

4. Bowling at Village market

me trying my hit at Village Market bowling alley

Been watching those world championships on bowling but i lived long with a wish to play this game. I went there some time back and i really had great fun. Some months later a friend challenged me to a game of strike and it was a serious game of challenge where first round of the game i was lagging behind but later on i got my strikes very well.

my perfect hit

This is one of the few games that kill time with fun and better enjoyed when you are with a friend or a number of your friends. The bowling fee is Kes. 500 per person yes just imagine how pocket friendly it is. So plan with a friend go try this fun game at the village market alley and now i have seen we got a second one at the Next Gen (am yet to go there to try and compare it)

5. Go learn history of Nairobi at Railway museum.

one of my guiding session at the Railway Museum

This is one of my favourite places in the city as its one place that connects you to the past history as read in books or watched in movies. There Old steam trains on display and so much. Charges are Citizens Ksh 200 Residents Ksh 500 Non residents Ksh 600

some of the trains at Railway Museum

6. Kenya archives,

exhibition at Kenya Archives

this is one of the places that people in this city of Nairobi know so well as a meet up point but very few know of its beauty inside the beautiful huge building moreover funny enough not many know how cheap it is to visit it as it only costs Citizens Ksh 50 residents 100 Non residents 200

7. Murumbi gallery, stuck at the corner of Kenyatta Avenue stands this old building that we pass by yet have few of us taken to the idea of visiting it.

at Murumbi Gallery

It is also home to Kenyan history and one of the most relaxing coffee shop in Nairobi. charges are Citizens Ksh 150 Residents Ksh 600 Non residents Ksh 1000

8. KICC Helipad,

At the helipad on top of KICC With friends

this is a nice place to see the extent that Nairobi stretches to from the hills of Lukenya, to the beautiful Kilimambogo, back to the 5 knuckles of Ngong hills and the amazing Kikuyu escarpment.

KICC

It is the few points of Nairobi that gift you with a 360 degree view of the city from the helipad above the 27th floor. Charges are Citizens Ksh 200 Residents Ksh 500 Non residents Ksh 700

NYAYO monument at Central Park

So next time you are looking for amazing places to go spend some nice time, go visit some of the above and your time will be so amazing however don’t forget to tag along a friend or more of your friends. I call Nairobi #TheCityWeAssume because we have not fully explored this city, lets take time and explore when we have time