There are many ways to enjoy a day of low-cost or free things to do in Nairobi – you just have to find them, and Uber is here to help. We’ve come up with two terrific options for a day out in Nairobi on a budget of KES 600 or less using the Uber fare estimator. Just remember to watch out for dynamic pricing as Uber prices in Nairobi are variable, especially during peak times.
Starting point in the City Square
One of Nairobi’s famous landmarks is the Kenyatta International Convention Center, and even if you see it often, the view from the visitors’ center is a great start to your day out. The lift goes to the 27th floor. After that it’s two flights of stairs and then a panoramic 360º view of this city you call home. When the weather is clear, you can sometimes even see as far as Mt Kenya!
Just a 10-minute walk from the Center will take you to K’Osewe Ranalo Foods where you can relax and enjoy an early lunch of coconut fish, or athola (smoked beef) and traditional veggies (managu, kunde, or saga) or some goat stew and chapati.
First Option: Arts and Culture
After lunch, grab an Uber to the Maasai Market in Slip Road (KES 160-180). The women plying their handmade wares (every day from Tuesday to Saturday) form part of this colorful world of beads, jewelry, art and a wide range of multi-colored fabrics.
Then, to further your education, ride to the Nairobi National Museum (KES 150-160). Whether your interest is natural history, botany or art, there is plenty to see and enjoy here every day of the year. Wander through the exhibits, enjoy the landscaping and botanical gardens, or be amazed by the diverse species of birds on display.
Second Option: Railways and Relaxation
Alternatively, catch an Uber ride from K’Osewe Ranalo Foods to the Nairobi Railway Museum (KES 180-210). For a journey into the evolution of Kenya from its earliest railway days, this is a must-see. Documented through photographs, models and actual vintage locomotives, this museum lets you look close-up at the early days of rail travel and colonialism in Kenya.
Another Uber, this time to Uhuru Park (KES 150-180) will afford you the opportunity to meander around in this beautiful space situated right next to the business center, which offers a breathtaking view of the city. Time for a pleasant afternoon stroll, watching the paddle-boats on the lake or even the regular skateboarders if you like.
Dinner time back in the City Square
Take an Uber back (National Museum/Uhuru Park KES 160-190) to relax and enjoy a pre-dinner sundowner or cocktail at Makuti Bar (just down the road from the Kenyatta Convention Centre). With good vibes, great snack food and live jazz to enjoy some nights, it’s an excellent place to start or finish an evening.
If you want to move on, there’s plenty to choose from in the vicinity before you head on home. For spicy Asian food, try Tin Tin Restaurant or for a vegetarian friendly option, CJ’s comes highly recommended.
For about KES 470-530 (the Arts and Culture option) or KES 490-580 (the Railways and Relaxation option), you will have spent an amazing day taking in some of the highlights of what Nairobi has on offer.
If none of the above grabs you, you can use the Uber fare estimator to work out how much it will cost to organize your own day of cheap things to do in Nairobi with Uber!