Places to visit in Nairobi for an affordable date – Complete Guide

Places to visit in Nairobi for an affordable date - Complete Guide

Places to visit in Nairobi for an affordable date - Complete Guide

If you’ve been looking for an affordable place to visit in Nairobi for your next date, then this article is for you. Whether you’re looking for an affordable venue for your first date, or you need a place to take your long-term partner, Nairobi undoubtedly has some of the best venue options in Kenya. 

Nairobi is also the most expensive city to live in here in Kenya. This makes going out very tricky, especially if you’re on a budget. 

Having dates at home is an affordable way to deal with the expensive Nairobi city life. However, this can quickly get old and make the relationship boring. 

To avoid the possibility of boredom creeping into your relationship, make sure you guys go out at least once a month.

If you’re single, the places mentioned below are also suitable for hanging out alone or with family, friends and colleagues.

What to do when picking a place to visit for an affordable date in Nairobi

  • Do start planning early – The earlier the better but the minimum timeframe should be at least one day to a few hours before. Most venues don’t require a booking or appointment before visiting here in Nairobi. Once you decide on the specific day and time you’d like to go on the date, make sure whoever you’re planning on going with is available and how/where you’ll meet up.
  • Do confirm how you’ll get to the venue – If you’re driving, you’ll need to consider whether the venue has sufficient parking. If you’re using public transport, find out where the appropriate stage is. Consider the route you’ll use to get there and confirm directions in advance to avoid getting lost.
  • Do dress appropriately for the specific venue – Some of the venues listed below are outdoors and have related outdoor activities. Make sure you’re comfortable by having the right shoes and outfit to ensure you enjoy the venue to the fullest.

Now that you know what to consider when picking a place to visit for an affordable date here in Nairobi, here are our top venues.

Karura Forest

Karura Forest

Karura forest is one of the largest gazetted urban forests in the world. It is located in the northern part of Nairobi with the main entrance on Limuru Road just after the Belgian Embassy.

You can also access the forest either through the KFS (Kenya Forest Service) main gate which is off Kiambu road and opposite CID Headquarters, or the Old Kiambu Gate which is on Old Kiambu road.

If you’re using public means, matatu numbers 11B, 106, 107, 108, 114 or 116 from Nairobi City Centre will get you to the main entrance on Limuru Road. Take matatu numbers 100 or 120 if you’d like to use the KFS main gate on Kiambu road.

This urban forest sits on 1,041 hectares of land and holds nearly all the 605 species of wildlife found in Nairobi including three types of antelope. It is managed by KFS.

Some of the popular activities found in Karura forest are forest walks, forest drives, bird watching, butterfly watching, running and cycling. For cycling, you can hire a bike for Kshs. 500 per hour.

Charges for accessing Karura forest are as follows:

Prices for Kenyans

  • Kenyan Citizen Adults  – Ksh. 100.00
  • Kenyan Citizen Student/ Children – Ksh. 50.00

Prices for Non-Kenyans

  • Non-Residents – Ksh. 600.00
  • Non-resident Children – Ksh. 300.00
  • Residents – Ksh. 200.00
  • Resident Children – Ksh. 100.00

The forest is open daily from 6 a.m to 5 p.m and no prior booking is needed.

KICC Helipad

kicc helipad

The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) is located at the heart of Nairobi’s City Center. This venue is one of the leading facilities in the East African meetings industry. It was built to promote the business of meetings, incentive travel, conferences and exhibitions (also known as MICE) here in Kenya.

The building has a helipad at the top which is open to the public. You’ll first need to pay for a ticket the KICC main reception to access the area.

The helipad provides a stunning view of Nairobi and it’s a place every Nairobian should visit. 

Charges for accessing the helipad are as follows:

Prices for Kenyans/ East Africans

  • East African Adults/ Kenyan Citizen Adults  – Ksh. 200.00
  • East African/Kenyan Citizen Secondary School children – Ksh. 100.00
  • East African Children/Kenyan children of Primary School and below Ksh.  – 50.00

Prices for Non-East Africans

  • Non-Residents – Ksh. 500.00
  • Non-resident Children – Ksh. 200.00
  • Residents – Ksh. 300.00
  • Resident Children – Ksh. 100.00
  • International Students – Ksh. 300.00

If you’d like to go for a video/photoshoot at KICC, the prices are as below:

  • Video shoot – Ksh. 15,000.00
  • Photoshoot – Ksh. 7,500.00

The helipad is open daily from 8 a.m to 6 p.m and you don’t need to book a visit in advance.

Nairobi Railway Museum

Nairobi Railway Museum

The Nairobi Railway Museum (also known by many as the Kenya Railway Museum) is located along workshop road off Haile Selassie Avenue opposite the Technical University of Kenya (formerly Kenya Poly). This venue is owned by Kenya Railways and it houses a rich part of Kenya’s railway history.

You’ll find interesting artifacts and various exhibits that show how the Kenyan rail network was born and how it has developed over the years. 

The museum has a surrounding yard that houses a number of steam and early diesel locomotives used in the initial Kenya-Uganda Railway, then the East Africa Railway Company and currently the Kenyan Railways Corporation.

Charges for accessing the Railway museum are as follows:

Prices for Kenyans

  • Kenyan Citizen Adults  – Ksh. 200.00
  • Kenyan Citizen Student/ Children – Ksh. 100.00

Prices for Non-Kenyans

  • Non-Residents – Ksh. 600.00
  • Non-resident Students – Ksh. 300.00
  • Non-resident Children – Ksh. 100.00
  • Residents – Ksh. 500.00
  • Resident Students – Ksh. 200.00
  • Resident Children – Ksh. 100.00

The Nairobi Railway Museum is open daily from 8 a.m to 5 p.m and no booking/ appointment is needed for a visit.

Nairobi Arboretum

The Nairobi Arboretum

If you love nature and the outdoors, then Nairobi Arboretum is one venue you should seriously consider visiting. It’s located only 3 kilometers from Nairobi’s city centre.

To get to Nairobi Arboretum using public means, you’ll need to board matatu no.48 that plies the Kileleshwa route from Odeon matatu terminus and alight at Shell.  You’ll then walk to the pedestrian gate which is about 100 metres from shell.

For private transport, take the arboretum drive or University way and use the road next to Compuera academy, next to state house Gate C. Follow the road then take the next right turn to Arboretum main entry.

This venue hosts over 300 species of exotic and indigenous tree species. It also has over 100 species of migrant and resident bird species in addition to Sykes and Vervet monkeys.

Nairobi Arboretum also has a picnic site as well as grounds for holding events such as weddings, concerts and team building.

Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and carry some water. Charges for accessing Nairobi Arboretum are Kshs. 70 which is only paid through mpesa.

This venue is open daily from 6 a.m to 6:30 p.m and no booking/ appointment is needed for a visit.

Nairobi National Park

nairobi national park

Nairobi national park is a unique venue that is definitely worth considering for a date. It’s the only national park in the world that is located within a city.

This makes it a popular destination for international tourists and locals who are interested in nature, wildlife, hiking and camping.

The park’s main entrance is only 10 kilometers south of Nairobi City center next to Nairobi safari walk’s southernmost car park and within walking distance of Langata road.

Some of the popular wildlife attractions found at the park are hyenas, wildebeests, over 400 bird species, four of the Big Five (lions, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos) as well as cheetahs and zebras. The Park doesn’t have any elephants due to its limited woodlands.

Aside from the animals, you can also visit the ivory burning site monument, walking trails at hippo pools, Nairobi Safari Walk and the animal orphanage.

Charges for accessing the Nairobi National Park are as follows:

Prices for Kenyans

  • Kenyan Citizen Adults  – Ksh. 430.00
  • Kenyan Citizen Student/ Children – Ksh. 215.00

Prices for Non-Kenyans

  • Non-Residents – USD 43
  • Non-resident Children – USD 23
  • Residents – Ksh. 430.00
  • Resident Children – Ksh. 215.00

The Park is open daily from 6 a.m till 6 p.m with no booking/reservation needed.

Nairobi National Museum

nairobi national museum

Nairobi National Museum is located at Museum Hill on Kipande Road in Nairobi. It’s only a 10-minute drive from the Nairobi City Center.

This venue allows visitors to sample Kenya’s rich heritage through its various exhibitions, Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens as well as a nature trail and shopping/dining facilities.

The venue also has a snake park that houses various reptiles namely snakes, tortoises and crocodiles as well as an aquarium where you can view a wide variety of fish species.

Charges for accessing the Nairobi National Museum are as follows:

Prices for Kenyans

  • Kenyan Citizen Adults  – Ksh. 200.00
  • Kenyan Citizen Student/ Children – Ksh. 100.00

Prices for Non-Kenyans

  • Non-Residents – Ksh. 1200.00
  • Non-resident Children – Ksh. 600.00
  • Residents – Ksh. 600.00
  • Resident Children – Ksh. 400.00

Nairobi national museum is open daily from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and operates on a walk-in basis.

Kenya National Archives

Kenya National Archives, Nairobi

Kenya Archives is located in Nairobi’s central business district along Moi Avenue, next to Ambassadeur Hotel. This venue holds some of Kenya’s most iconic historical documents, pictures and records.

You can learn a lot about heroes of the Kenyan Nation, traditional African weapons, African art, Paramount Chiefs as well as the life and times of public figures such as Tom Mboya, Harry Thuku, and Oginga Odinga.

The entrance fee is Kshs. 50. This venue is open Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 5.00 pm. On Saturday, the venue is open between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. It remains closed on Sundays. You don’t need an appointment or to book in advance for a visit.

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