If guests are spending a day or two in Nairobi, there are a number of interesting places for them to visit. These are best booked in advance so that guests don't have to worry about trying to make arrangements on the ground when they get there. Some of the more popular places to visit are:
The National Museum
The museum houses an extensive ornithological collection representing most of Kenya's thousand odd species of birds. The Geology Gallery contains a great deal of interesting information on plate tectonics and the life cycle of volcanoes, which is particularly relevant to the Rift Valley regions. The Gallery of Contemporary East Africa Art is an exhibition area for Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan artists to display their artwork. The Prehistoric Gallery houses the palaeontology exhibits, focussing in particular on the story of human evolution.
There are several Masai markets in Nairobi. They range from the upmarket curio stores that tend to be located in the hotels and safe tourist areas. The more traditional and cheaper markets where you can bargain on the prices are worth a visit but only accompanied by an experienced guide.
Karen Blixen Museum
The story of Karen Blixen was made famous in the film 'Out of Africa'. The Karen Blixen Museum is located in the house where Karen Christence Blixen-Finecke lived from 1914-1931. It is a beautiful old colonial house that along with the gardens have been restored to their former glory.
The Giraffe Manor built by Sir David Duncan, is situated on 120 acres of land a few kilometres outside Nairobi. In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville and his wife Betty bought the Manor. The couple moved five baby endangered Rothschild Giraffe onto the property where they successfully reared them. The original giraffes have subsequently had their own offspring that now live on the property. After Jock's death Betty decided to open the house to visitors. Guests can feed and photograph the tame Giraffe and warthogs that wander around the Manor gardens.