Nairobi, Kenya

All our Nairobi tours take place on a private basis only, whether couples or families or specialist groups.

Our half-day experiences can be combined into multi-day programmes.

We can also create totally customised Nairobi programmes, for holiday-makers, universities and special interest groups.

For a young city, Nairobi feels quite middle aged, in all the right ways.

Barely a decade younger than Kigali, Nairobi has its origins as a swampland, and it was never intended to be a city. The English colonial administrators had planned a railway depot and labour camp here for African migrant railway workers. It was  assumed the migrant labour force would return whence they come eventually (they didn’t, and the story of the Sudanese soldiers of the KAR and the origins of what is now Kibera slum, is a fascinating piece of city origins, identity and tenure history).

“Where Joburg evolved around a gold rush, Nairobi evolved around a tourism rush – big game hunting was the driver behind the city’s first hotels and sharp increase in population in the early 1900s.”

What the colonial masters also didn’t predict was the blood lust of the ole boys back at home, who descended upon nascent Nairobi to hunt wild animals, sparking a tourism gold rush that propelled Nairobi into a permanent settlement. 

Where Joburg evolved around a gold rush, Nairobi evolved around a tourism rush – big game hunting was the driver behind the city’s first hotels and sharp increase in population in the early 1900s. 

“We have partnered with journalist and cultural producer Maureen Shelmith of JazzSymphonic to create a portfolio of off-the-shelf and custom-made experiences that reveal the Nairobi that makes us all so excited about its present and the future.”

These days, Nairobi is still very much the gateway to the animal kingdom, but the big game hunting has given way to big game conservation.

Given Nairobi’s bloody tourism start, it shouldn’t be a big surprise that even as a large, complex, hip, contemporary and middle aged urban metropolis, it is still not a tourism destination in its own right. Nairobi is still very much the transit zone for travellers heading out to watch the incredible wildlife Kenya has to offer.

Which means Nairobi is only at the beginning of realising its own attraction as an urban destination. On the horizon is a scenario where the real tourism growth in Kenya is Nairobi stepping up and staking its claim as one of the planet’s hottest destinations for creative immersions, tech and cultural insight.

We have partnered with journalist and cultural producer Maureen Shelmith of JazzSymphonic to create a portfolio of off-the-shelf and custom-made experiences that reveal the Nairobi that makes us all so excited about its present and the future.  

Take a look at our range of experiences, and get in touch with us to create something tailor-made. From tech to spirituality to food and fashion and history, the possibilities are endless.