Happy Friday good folks! 😀 No plans for the weekend? I’ve got your back! 😉 As promised, here’s Part 2 of: 7 Things To Do In Nairobi, from our #NairobaeIGTour!
Tip: Read Part 1 Here> 7 Things To Do In Nairobi In A Day #NairobaeIGTour
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes ~Marcel Proust
Whether you live in Nairobi, or have never seen it beyond Google, I invite you to open your heart & experience our city through new eyes. 🙂
7 Things To Do In Nairobi In Day- Part 2
Go On A Photographic Tour of Nairobi CBD
How many times have you and I walked the streets of Nairobi? Probably countless right? 😀 I know the hustle and bustle of Nairobi may not always allow us to stop and take it all in…
The #NairobaeIGTour helped me to gain a new appreciation for the Nairobi CBD- its buildings, monuments & the people coursing through it…. 🙂
Owaahh the storyteller, with a banana ever in hand, took us through this part of the tour. He had the most interesting facts about Nairobi at his fingertips… Some that made me question whether I even live in Nairobi?! 😀
We started off at Jeevanjee Gardens, which is usually like a little piece of green & quiet in the CBD… Although on that fateful day, there was a Legio Maria ( I think) crusade going on, hence it was more ‘lively’ than quiet. 😀
Jeevanjee Gardens seems like a nice place to relax over lunch hour, have a picnic within town or even pray, if you feel so inclined. 🙂
Did You Know?? Jeevanjee Gardens was initially known as Victoria Gardens. Later on, it was renamed to Jeevanjee, in honor of Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee, an Asian Merchant. Apparently, he was richest man in Nairobi, at the time. You can still find a statue of Alibhai at Jeevanjee Gardens.
More Fun Facts:
Did You Know?? There is a headless statue of Queen Victoria somewhere at Jeevanjee Gardens? Yup! 😀 <Today’s homework> go find it! Not the head! 😀
Did You Know?? The stage popularly known as Khoja, got its name from the beautiful building at the junction of Moi Avenue and River Road. Furthermore, its real name is actually ‘Jamatkhana’, meaning “prayer house or mosque.”
As we made our way about town, the buildings & streets came alive through these bits & pieces of History…
Nairobians had the funniest reactions to our curious bunch, as we walked around town ,taking pictures… My favorite was this motorbike guy, with the craziest poses up his sleeve… 😀
I felt a lot like a tourist, exploring our streets of Nairobi… For the first time, the CBD felt like a place of interest…full of fascinating things to see and learn about. 🙂
Let’s get curious about our city, indeed there’s much to learn! 😀 Many thanks to Owaahh for curating the itinerary & schooling us some, on our city. You can read him on his blog> HERE.
P.S. >You currently need a City Council permit for photography in the CBD. (Stay tuned for Updates)
Stop For A Picnic At Central Park
Bordering Serena Hotel & Uhuru Highway, Central Park offers a calming escape from the busy Nairobi streets. With its generous spread of trees, expansive gardens & quiet atmosphere-it was exactly what we needed!
We settled down for a hot, packed lunch from Ki.tchen, that was simply heaven-sent!
There’s a children’s playground at Central Park, which makes it very family-friendly. Furthermore, entrance to the Park is free, so all you need is your packed lunch, mats to sit on & you are good to go!
Experience Boat Riding at Uhuru Park
It’s amazing how the simplest things can give you the greatest of joys! I have always wanted to ride a boat at Uhuru Park & I could not have chosen a better day or crew to do it with! 😀
As a Nairobian, the boat ride is a must-try experience! If you are like me who did not get to do it as a child, then by all means you must ! 😀 At only Kshs.100 it is more than worth it! 😀
Uhuru Park, which is adjacent to Central Park, is a favorite for family outings. Over time, the park has taken a life of its own as an Amusement Park of sorts.
Sun-downer at Four Points by Sheraton
The cozy Rooftop Restaurant, at Four Points By Sheraton offers a nice view of the sun, setting over the city. It’s also great for a swim on their rooftop swimming pool…
- You currently need a City Council permit for photography in the CBD, however this might be changing soon… (Stay tuned for Updates)
- Check out Tujionee Kenya on Twitter, they organize city tours in Nairobi > #TheCityWeAssume
- TurnUp Travel is organizing a similar tour of Mombasa dubbed the #MombasaIGTour in September. Look out for details on their Twitter Page
I deeply enjoyed the #NairobaeIGTour particularly for how simple & affordable the activities were. I trust that many of these experiences are well-within our reach. 😀
Thank you for reading my amazing friends-you rock! 😀 I’d be delighted to hear back from you! Share your comments, questions or feedback on the Comments’ Section Below!
Today, I leave you with this awesome compilation by Routes Adventure showcasing the #NairobaeIGTour experience! Be sure to check out more epic Videos on their YouTube Channel!
<Stay Inspired Always>