5 Most Unique Memories From Nairobi

The terrible attack on Nairobi mall is heart-breaking and I hope and pray for everyone’s safety there. I was in the city exactly 2 years ago (Sept 2011) and I am here to share some good memories from the Kenyan capital.

I was in Nairobi only for a day but have some great memories of the place. Here are the 5 most unique things you must experience while in the city:

1. Breakfast with Giraffes at the Giraffe Manor.

Yes, Nairobi is the only place in the world where you can have breakfast with these tall, beautiful and gentle animals. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s iconic historical buildings dating back to the 1930s. It’s home to a few Giraffes that come strolling in the mornings and evenings and poke their head inside through the windows, demanding to be a part of the breakfast club. 🙂 Giraffe Manor has only 10 luxury rooms and can accommodate upto 25 people at a time. Hence, prior bookings are a must. We couldn’t stay here because they were already full.

The Giraffe Manor

Breakfast with Giraffes at the Giraffe Manor. Pic via @mymodernmet.com

2. Visit the Giraffe Centre.

If like us, you are unable to stay at the Manor, you can visit the Giraffe Centre and experience the joy of feeding these magnificent animals from your hands. The Centre is dedicated to spreading awareness and education about wildlife conservation as well as involved in Rothschild Giraffe breeding. The staff here is extremely happy, helpful and warm and encourages you to feed the animals. For the more adventurous ones, you can even kiss a Giraffe here! Just place the snack between your lips and wait for the animal’s big rough tongue to come and sweep it away from you. Hahahah… I couldn’t make myself do it. Perhaps the next time.

Also shop for your souveniers from the museum shop here as it has some of the best and most unique collection worth buying. Plus the museum shop has fixed prices which are reasonable and not too hiked up.

At the Giraffe Center, Nairobi

Feed the Giraffes at Giraffe Center, Nairobi.

3. African Dawa – The magic potion:

Dawa in Swahili (as well as in Hindi) means ‘medicine’ or the ‘magic potion’. This African cocktail is supposed to be so potent that it can cure almost any ailment. But whether you are ailing or not, the drink must be had cos it’s extremely refreshing. It’s made by using a Dawa stick twisted in honey and added to a glass full of ice-cubes, lime, sugar and Vodka. Click here for recipe.

Kenyan Dawa

The yummy Kenya Dawa in Nairobi

4. The Carnivore Restaurant:

As the name suggests, this place is known for it’s meat and features an all you can eat buffet. We had many vegetarians in our group and no, they did not go back home hungry as the restaurant serves veg food as well. Now whether you are for or against eating meat, I believe Carnivore is a must visit to understand and appreciate local food and delicacies. The restaurant has a giant clay oven right at the centre where meat skewered on Maasai swords is roasted. Thanks to Carnivore, I now know what a crocodile tastes like.

The Carnivore Restaurant, Nairobi

The Carnivore Restaurant, Nairobi

5. Sit back and enjoy some Tusker beer.

Cos while there’s a lot more one can do in Nairobi, I was here only for a day. And travelling for me is something that should not be rushed. So last but not the least, end the day in Nairobi with Tusker beer and pray that you get a chance to experience the Kenyan hospitality sometime again.

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Safety Concern:

Nairobi is as safe as any other city in the world. There are numerous articles online about robberies, theft and attack on tourists here but I think a few bad incidents end up over-shadowing a lot of good things about this place. Kenyans are warm, friendly people and very proud of their unique culture. I am waiting to go back there again.

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