Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city. It is a major entry point to a lot of visitors. This includes both local and international visitors that visit every so often. Recreation activities around the city are in abundance. Picnic sites are equally available and are not only picnic sites but grounds that host various activities during the weekends when families get to enjoy some family time away from everyday push and shoves of city life.
We highlight five most popular and often visited picnic sites around the city. This entail:
Nairobi National Park
The park is a twenty minutes drives from the central business district. Apart from enjoying a game drive in the park, one can also enjoy a picnic within are several designated picnic sites inside the park. The sites inside the park include the observation sites where the very first elephant tusks were burnt. The location is monumental to the fight on elephant ivory trade. The picnic sites are well built complete with inbuilt seating location. A sundower is very ideal especially after enjoying your game drive.
Home to lots of indigenous trees, the Karura forest offers one an aura of relaxation and bliss. It’s not only a picnic site but also a walking park. One can engage in activities such cycling, leisure walking, running, as well enjoy the Karura fifty meters tall waterfall tucked in the thickest of the forest is a major attraction. There are plenty of picnic locations within the forest. Karura forest is one of Nairobi’s favorite spots that attract lots of visitors especially during hot weather and during the weekends.
Olololua Nature Trail
Several kilometers from the National Park in the leafy suburb of Karen and home to the institute of primate research is the Olololua Nature Trail. The trail has indigenous trees a small manmade waterfall, caves that are believed to have been Mau Mau fighters (freedom fighters) hideouts and designated picnic sites that also double up as campaign site every so often. Activities within this trail include walking, cycling (bring your own bike), along with picnicking. For anyone looking to enjoy nature and quietness this is an ideal locations for your picnics.
Located along Langata road and stone throw away from the famous Carnivore restaurant host to the best of Kenya’s nyama choma experience. The Uhuru garden is a monumental picnic site as the name dictates which mean freedom. The garden denotes the beginning the Kenya’s independence. This is where the first Kenyan flag was hoisted and marking the end of the colonial period.
Located within the central business district, Uhuru Park is a public recreation area that is popular with families during the weekends. The park is popular with major events that include religious events and political events. When the park is not occupied by the said events it’s open to the public for picnics and leisure. The parks activities include, boat riding, camel riding, face painting especially for children as well as picnicking. There are a few vendors within the park that sell basic refreshment though it’s advisable to carry your own snacks in order to enjoy your picnic.
Picnicking in Nairobi is often a weekend affair as that’s well most people get to enjoy some family time. The Uhuru Park since it does not have any cover charge attracts a huge percentage of the people visiting the park. There are also other parks located around the city and her environs that include, The Arboretum which is close to State house, the August 7th Memorial park located within the central business district. This is where the initial America Embassy was located until the fateful August 7th 1997 when there was a terrorist attack leading to several hundreds dead both local and American nationals. The park is small in size and charges a minimum entrance fee of twenty shillings which is an equivalent of 0.20 USD.
In conclusion, though Nairobi is a busy city like all other cities across the world, creating some leisure time to enjoy some picnic with friends and family is highly recommended. This will leave one rejuvenated.