This is a list of the best picnic sites in Nairobi. Nairobi is the world’s wildlife capital and East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city with a wide array of scenic campsites and beautiful picnic spots. Nairobi is also home to some of the finest entertainment joints where one can unwind after a tiresome day.
Here is a list of some of the best picnic sites in Nairobi.
Nairobi Arboretum is a paradise surrounded by over 300 indigenous trees that offer an awesome environment for picnicking, bird watching activities, walking trails and team-building activities. It is a cheap adventurous place located approximately 3 kilometres from the CBD.
It is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.
2. Lang’ata Botanical Gardens
It is a unique, lushly planted private park with breathtaking beauty and tranquillity that is ideal for recreation, relaxation and celebration of weddings, birthdays, exhibitions and private parties.
It is located along Langata South Road, near the Kenya School of Law, about 20 km from the CBD.
3. Uhuru Gardens
It is Kenya’s largest memorial park and recreational spot ideal for picnicking and team-building activities. It houses the sacred mugumo tree and two monuments that commemorate Kenya’s independence.
It is located along Lang’ata Road, approximately 15 minutes drive from the CBD. It is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
4. Nairobi Mamba Village
This is one of the best picnic sites in Nairobi, located in the leafy suburb of Karen. It is home to over 70 nile crocodiles located in a natural paradise that is spread over 30 acres. It also houses an ostrich park, a leisure park, scenic picnic sites, bird watching trails and a botanical garden ideal for hosting events.
5. Nairobi National Museum
The Nairobi Museum is located at the museum hill, a 10 minutes drive from. the city centre. It is a one-stop spot for visitors to sample Kenya’s rich heritage and key attractions such as exhibitions, art galleries and botanical gardens.
The museum is open from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
6. Oloolua Nature Trail
It is a favourable destination for hikers, campers and joggers who seek to have a tranquil time, in an environment full of beautiful sceneries of indigenous trees and chirping birds.
The nature trail is located in Karen, about 20 kilometres from the city centre.
7. Karura Forest
It is one of the largest urban gazetted forests in the world that features scenic. picnic sites, waterfalls, caves and indigenous trees. The forest offers an enabling environment for bird watching, forest walks, cycling, running and butterfly watching.
8. Nairobi National Park
This is the only wildlife park in the world that is located near the capital city. The park houses an animal orphanage, scenic picnic sites, walking trails, rhino sanctuary, campsites and an ivory burning site monument.
9. Uhuru Park
It is an expansive public park located in the heart of the city. The park has several trees that provide shades where one can relax and enjoy the ambience of the park. It is also home to an artificial lake that favours boat riding activities at affordable costs, about Kshs 300 per hour.
10. Ngong Hills
The scenic hills are located near Ngong town, about a 40 minutes drive from the city centre. The magnificent hills offer panoramic views of Nairobi and its environs. You can actually plan a trip to Ngong Hills for hiking activities, picnicking, birdwatching and camping.