Turtle walking at Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
Turtle in Kenya

The best day trips from Nairobi are well worth doing while you are visiting Kenya.

Not far from Nairobi is Lake Nakuru. There you can go birding, explore the national park to look for the elusive white rhino, and enjoy the views of the Great Rift Valley. This is one of the most popular day trips with people traveling to Nairobi.

Another good day trip to a lake is Lake Naivasha. During wet years, the lake is a great place for birding, boat trips, and lunch. The drive to the lake is scenic, and there are rest stops and small shops that you can stop at along the way.

Not far from Lake Naivasha is Hell’s Gate National Park. The beautiful area offers great places to go hiking, trekking, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

Another great day trip from Nairobi is a visit to Mount Longonot. If you plan to climb Mount Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, you can get acclimatized by hiking Mount Longonot. Trips here can be combined with visits to Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate as well.

Another good option is to go white water rafting on the Tana River. The river is located just 1.5 hours from Nairobi, and makes for a great day out for those visiting Africa for adventure sports.

If you are a serious mountain climber, a trip to Mount Kenya is also a good day out. It is a great way to prepare for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but getting to the top of Mount Kenya is also an accomplishment in itself.

Whatever day trip from Nairobi you choose, you can get there by hiring a car or by taking an organized tour or excursion. Many companies offer day trips, so make sure to shop around and compare what is included in each tour package before making a booking.