Kenya's largest urban centre, Nairobi, hides real cultural and artistic treasures under the guise of a big metropolis. Get lost in the colourful markets as you let your senses transport you somewhere else on the sweetness of spices, and marvel at Maasai works of art. There are many wonderful things to do in the capital.
If you’re looking for quality crafts, this is the place for you. Jewels, leather bags, fabrics, decorative objects and other accessories are all here thanks to the hard work of the many local, talented creatives. Inspired by the Maasai culture, they create all kinds of clothing and colourful jewelry in the traditional style. Feel free to stroll through the various laneways to find that perfect item, and stop by the Polka Dot Art Gallery as you walk to see exhibitions from Kenyan painters, sculptors and photographers. And if you're looking for trendy collections, keep an eye out for Suave Kenya products. This brand features young designers who create beautiful, colourful bags made from leather and other recycled African fabrics. Both ecological and devilishly elegant.
The renowned author of The African Farm and inspiration for the film Out of Africa, featuring Meryl Streep, once lived on a farm in Nairobi. Take the time to explore the area to better understand the life and works of this accomplished Danish writer – who made her mark on the local literary scene and was the subject of many meetings in Kenya. The museum also offers an oasis of freshness from the city, thanks to its lush, green garden and tree-lined avenues.
Visit Bomas of Kenya, a cultural centre showcasing the best of the country's culture and all forms of art. Take a closer look at the many different typical habitats on display, then take a seat to watch a dance performance from a group of about 50 talented artists. Let yourself be mesmerised by the beauty and softness of the fabrics – a parade of reds, yellows, blues and greens.
If you’re a fan of bronze sculptures, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to this art gallery housing no less than 60 pieces! Featuring many animals of the African wild including lions, zebras, giraffes, hippopotamuses – it’s an entirely new section of Kenyan "wildlife" for you discover. To recharge after your visit, take a coffee in the cafe nestled in the heart of this beautiful garden as you enjoy a breath of fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you still have some energy, the gallery is conveniently located close to two major tourist attractions: the Giraffe Centre (a site dedicated to the giant mammal), and elephant orphanage – both must-see attractions for your stay in Nairobi!