Nairobi is not just a bustling metropolis; it’s also a city filled with natural beauty. Amidst the bustling Central Business District (CBD), a sanctuary of greenery exists—a collection of parks, gardens, and nature retreats. Nairobi is a city that harmoniously blends urban living with nature’s beauty to provide a calming retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. In this post, we explore these flourishing green oases of tranquility just a stone’s throw away from the heart of Nairobi.
One of Nairobi’s most popular green spaces, Uhuru Park, is an escape of tranquility right in the heart of the CBD. The park, named after Kenya’s independence, is a place of natural beauty, offering walking paths, serene ponds, open picnic spaces, and hosting cultural events. Visitors can also enjoy paddle boating on the artificial lake. Uhuru Park is an exceptional landmark in the city, offering a lively atmosphere with an abundance of greenery.
It is the only park in the city that is directly owned by the people after being donated by A.M. Jeevanjee, an Asian-born entrepreneur in Kenya, in 1906. The gardens provide a peaceful retreat from the busy business district, which features tall trees, pristine lawns, and a central pond with fountains. This beautiful location is a wonderful place that stands as a testament to Nairobi’s rich heritage.
If you’re a nature enthusiast, you simply must make the trip to Nairobi Arboretum. Located just a short distance from the CBD, this botanical paradise is home to over 350 species of indigenous and exotic trees and over 100 species of birds, making it a paradise for all. It’s also popular for birdwatching, nature walks, jogging trails, and picnics. Large groups often come on weekends for team-building activities and games on the central lawn at the park, while lovebirds enjoy spending romantic moments in its secluded spots. It is an excellent place to unwind and connect with nature.
Karura Forest is a fantastic destination for enthusiasts who love spending time in the great outdoors. From scenic waterfalls and caves to biking trails, birdwatching spots, and tennis courts, there are a myriad of activities for all visitors. As champions of conservation, the Forest has programs that enable visitors to contribute to helping grow more indigenous trees in efforts toward sustainability. This makes it an educational center for families and students.
Nairobi National Park:
A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district leads to Nairobi National Park. The wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers make it a sanctuary to a wide variety of wildlife, including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes, and a diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites, and walking trails for hikers. A visit here promises a thrilling safari experience without venturing far from the city.
Nestled in the heart of Nairobi, the Clarion Hotel serves as the perfect gateway to these green escapes. Our tour desk has excellent bookings to any destination our guests may want to visit within Nairobi and across the country. We also provide local guides during your adventures.
After a day of exploring Nairobi’s natural wonders, retreat to our hotel, where you can unwind in luxurious comfort. Also embracing the natural beauty that surrounds us with views overlooking the Jeevanjee gardens, the hotel offers a serene and quiet environment away from the bustling streets of the CBD.
Nairobi CBD isn’t just about skyscrapers and corporate meetings. Just a short distance away, there are parks, gardens, and nature retreats that offer a refreshing contrast to the urban landscape. Whether you seek a peaceful picnic spot, a thrilling wildlife encounter, or an educational adventure, there’s something for everyone. We look forward to your stay with us at The Clarion Hotel and exploring Nairobi’s vibrant city life and natural beauty! It’s sure to be a memorable experience with lasting memories.