Who says you have to travel far away to spend quality time with your significant other? Nairobi is filled with beautiful and romantic places to stay that rival the likes of Mombasa or Masai Mara and you won’t face the regular flight price hikes or incur a lot of expenses either. It turns out that romance is never too far away. When the weekend or holiday rolls, you and your companion may head to the undulating hills of Ngong. Or even the Giraffe Center’s lesser-known attractions. Continue reading to find our carefully curated list of the best places for couples in Nairobi.
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Topping our list is the aesthetic Karura forest. A visit here has something for all couples, with an imposing river, blissful forest scenery, and a tranquil walk-in, drives, and cycling. The Karura Forest Reserve is an urban highland forest on Nairobi’s outskirts. The Kenya Forest Service manages the forest, which was gazetted in 1932. It has incredible biodiversity, including 200 bird species. The entry charges are fair; adults pay Ksh. 200 and children pay Ksh. 100. Non-residents are charged Ksh 600 for adults and Ksh 300 for children.
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Filled with windswept landscapes, gently rolling hills and a cool breeze, Ngong hills truly encapsulates romance. The hills offer a panoramic view of Nairobi city and the adjacent mountain ranges are spectacular. It is situated in the upper northern section of Kajiado County. It is around 29 kilometers from Nairobi’s CBD and is one of the greatest weekend gateway destinations.
Bomas of Kenya
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Next is the beautiful setting of the Bomas of Kenya. Every boma (homestead) in this cultural hamlet was created according to the criteria of several Kenyan tribes. It depicts traditional homes from many Kenyan tribes. In their regular cultural presentations, you will also be exposed to the great range of Kenyan traditional music and dance. The homesteads are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Dancing performances are held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and holidays, however, performances are from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. In 1971, the Kenyan government established the Bomas of Kenya. It is completely owned by the Kenya Tourist Development Cooperation (KTDC). It has had almost ten million visits can.
The Nairobi Arboreteum
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Nairobi Arboretum is ideal if you want to go on a date in a quiet setting. It is a peaceful haven in the midst of a bustling metropolis. It offers woodlands and gardens where visitors may relax, unwind, and reconnect with nature. It is home to approximately 350 indigenous and alien plant species. It also has over 100 bird species and a large population of Sykes and Vervet monkeys. It is situated in the Kilimani area, about 3km from City Centre and adjacent to the State House.
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Our next destination is the captivating Giraffe Centre. What makes it special is the ever-present population of the endangered Rothschild giraffes, who will often pop their heads through the open windows while you enjoy a continental meal from the Giraffe Manor. It also has rooms where one can sit and enjoy the afternoon sun and wait for giraffes to amble up in the hope of treats. It is located in Lang’ata, approximately 20 kilometers from the center of Nairobi.
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Nairobi Safari Park Walk
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With incredible views, Nairobi Safari Park Walk is the place to be. It consists of a high wooden boardwalk that provides tourists with an unobstructed view of the park’s many species. It offers a neatly packaged walking safari as it meanders across 27 acres of woodland. The Nairobi Safari Walk is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. every day. Antelopes, gazelles, and impalas are among the animals one can expect to see. This park is ideal for taking your sweetheart on a date in Nairobi.
You may walk and converse while connecting with Mother Nature.
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Concluding our list is Paradise Lost. If you are both lovers of outdoor activities, then you may want to head to Paradise Lost. It is located near Kiambu town.
It is 14 kilometers from Nairobi and around ten minutes from the city center.
The basic admission charge is Ksh. 400, with additional fees of Ksh. 300 for boat excursions, horseback rides, cave tours, and ziplines.
If you are looking for a place to rekindle your spark, the destinations listed above are the finest places to visit.