Take away some added awareness and leave a little extra cash behind on a tour of Kenya’s biggest slum district – a sobering but not a depressing experience.
2 National Museum
By far the biggest and best museum in the country and a good introduction to Kenyan culture and natural history.
From the bewildering, muddy maze of Gikomba to the tourist-oriented Maasai markets, these are excellent places to sample a slice of Nairobi life, eat street food or pick up souvenirs.
4 Nairobi National Park
On Nairobi’s doorstep, the park is home to most of Kenya’s big mammals, and the place for classic photos of plains animals against a backdrop of skyscrapers.
5 David Sheldrick Trust
Highly regarded elephant and rhino orphanage where you can get on petting terms with tiny pachyderms.
6 Olorgasailie prehistoric site
Stark site in the southern Rift Valley, with huge numbers of early hominin stone tools preserved in situ.