The Nairobi Guide by Dharini

Dharini @dharini.n works in international development. Based in Nairobi (the perfect thriving metropolis) she has a passion for travel and photography across the region.

Nairobi – one of the most buzzing and vibrant cities you’ll find in East Africa. We’d start the day with a much loved trip to the David Sheldrick elephant sanctuary on the edge of Nairobi national park, where you get to meet the rescued and rehabilitated baby orphan elephants and watch them being fed. You can adopt one and support the great work of the Sheldrick trust who feed and care for these elephants daily until they are fit enough to be released into the wild.

David Sheldrick elephant sanctuary 

Pop across to the much loved Langata Giraffe Centre – a nature sanctuary set up to protect the much loved and endangered giraffe. You can feed and interact with the giraffe and observe them in their natural habitat on the edges of the conservancy.

Off to Talisman in Karen for a spot of lunch. Don’t leave without trying their feta and coriander samosas arguably one of the best restaurants in Nairobi and a great place to shop for some African art work and support some great upcoming artists from across the continent.

The Talisman Restaurant


If you’ve still got energy head into Nairobi National park – with no other city in the world with this feature, enjoy a long or short safari and a sundowner to watch Rhino, Lions, hippo and a host of other creatures right here in the middle of the city!

Nairobi National Park (Photo:

Start off with an early morning work at Karura Forest a haven of jungle in the city centre. This much loved Nairobi green spot is where you’ll find serenity and calm. Stop off at the River Café in the forest for a nice brunch with some bloody mary’s before noon if you’re feeling up to it.

River Café - Karura

Pop across to the Village Market for some post breakfast shopping. Check out Afrika Handmade for the coolest collection from artists across Africa from amazing Senegalese mirror paintings to hand made rugs and furniture from Kenya. You’ll find hidden treasures here.

Africa Handmade in Village Market

Lunch at Artcaffe – a Nairobi institution with fresh salads and panini’s and smoothies followed by dinner at La Salumeria – one of the best Italian restaurants in town in valley arcade. Their porcini fettuccine with it’s rich creamy sauce is definitely an essential! 

If you want to hit up a neighbourhood Loresho is where it’s at – start off with a morning breakfast at Wasp and Sprout with delicious organic and healthy meals to start your day. Stop off at the beautiful tribal gallery for all your antique and aritisanal furniture needs and stop off at the Loresho wine shop next door to sip on a range of wines curated by the owner to be enjoyed in a tropical garden under the sun.

Wasp & Sprout