There is no fun if you are with your family or friends and have never been to a picnic together. Although winter and New Year seems like the perfect time to line up for a picnic, you can have one or two occasions thought out ahead of time nonetheless. And yes! You might be seeing someone and you want to make some beautiful memories with your partner, we suggest you make it romantic by taking them to a picnic somewhere scenic.
If you are in Nairobi or somewhere around, then you are in sweet luck because we have just searched for and made a catalogue of some of the best picnic sites in Nairobi. You will be awed at the beauty of these places and no doubt, enjoy a blissful picnic.
Picnic sites in Nairobi Kenya
The constant struggle and hard work throughout the day can give anybody a tough time. Especially people who are working need a place where they can rest. It might sound obvious and the most probable solution would be home. But that is not what we are talking about here.
While there is no better place than home to relax, you also want someplace more than just a house. After all the stressful work, you want to take some time off and go somewhere different; alone or with company and you do not know where. Well, there are a number of picnic sites around Nairobi you can visit to let go of all that pent-up frustration in midst of Mother Nature. Here are some of the best ones for you.
1. Picnic sites in Nairobi – Nairobi Arboretum
This place was founded in 1907 as the focal point for the fast-growing plants which would be used for train fuel. Mr.Batiscombe established the site for trying out new and indigenous trees. The place was later announced as a National Reserve by the government in 1932. However, today it is a paradise surrounded by exotic trees and plantation. Nairobi Arboretum is a forest of 30 hectares and consists of plans and tress from more than 320 species. That in return has invited aboard over a 100 species of birds.
The park is not huge but holds an amazing environment to take a walk with friends or all by yourself, in case you are seeking some loner-time. And you do not need to pack up extra baggage to enjoy the greenery unless you have planned a picnic. The Nairobi Arboretum is a historic collection of rare trees; most of which you probably may not have heard of. You will have a great time as you stroll around with someone by your side along the calm places. Although, you will find many people in the Arboretum who are having musical sessions or singing choirs in groups. And even in the midst of all the sport and fun-filled activities, you can find space for your calm time.
You can do all that at just a fair price of 50 Kenyan Shillings. What’s more: you can even have a photo session at an expense of 10Kshs extra for carrying in your camera. The Nairobi Arboretum is located away from all the traffic and pollution and if you want to live a day amidst lush nature, it is the place for you.
2. Picnic sites around Nairobi – Central Park Nairobi
Far from all the dust and dirt and busy life is Nairobi’s Central Park; a sort of recreational park in the capital city of Kenya. It is situated on the upper side of the city near the University of Nairobi. Many people confuse this park to be a part of the neighbouring Uhuru Park. But that is probably because of the attractive historic monument of 1998 named the “Uhuru Monument” which you will see as you enter the park. This Nyayo monument was built to pay tribute to Daniel Arap Moi, Kenya’s second President and his 10 years of regime. It is a token of appreciation for all the hard work done by Kenyan patriots and freedom fighters.
Central Park is always an open choice for people during their lunch breaks. You can find many people, both tourists and locals taking an afternoon stroll in the park. Compared to the environment of Kenya, this park offers a cool and nice environment. If you are in the mood to relax and keep away from the scorching heat, it is a place you will love to be at.
You will enjoy watching painter’s face-paintings and professional photographers do their work. It is a kid-friendly spot and provides you with the services mentioned. There is a playground for children with many fun elements such as swings and materials for playing. Central Park is awesome for hanging out with family and for picnics. It has properly maintained gardens, a variety of flowers, and extended lawns which are shaded by trees and makes it a soothing experience for tourists and locals alike.
Nairobi’s Central Park can be used as a great spot for advertising and relieve some stress. You can use it as a meeting place or picnic with friends and family. The best thing about Central Park is that it is free for all and you will not be disappointed.
3. Picnic sites in Nairobi – Uhuru Park
The famous Uhuru Park in Kenya has always attracted a lot of attention and why would it not? It houses several national and historic monuments along with an artificial lake and is absolutely beautiful to look at. Lately, Nairobi has been seeing a lot of enthusiasm in the youth for Skateboarding. There is an assembly ground in the park which is providing for that passion of skateboarding and you can see skilled and amateur skateboarding fanatics if you go there on weekends.
But that is not all about Uhuru Park. Out of the many reasons for its popularity, we think the most probable one is that the park is located in a very convenient place which makes it easily reachable for people looking for a spot to relax or chat up with friends.
Uhuru Park is very well known for a lot of historic incidents that took place there. The assembly ground is used as a spot for religious get-togethers and political gatherings. You will see a monument in one part of the park and that section is named “Freedom Corner”. It is where mothers of political prisoners in the early 90s protested with a hunger strike for the detained prisoners to be released. Law enforcement sent there to handle the situation took off when the women stripped naked. They were scared because they believed the elderly women would curse them.
There have been several such events in the park including swearing of Kenya’s presidents.Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki were sworn in at the Uhuru Park in October 1978 & December 2002 respectively.
In any case, if you are planning a picnic in Nairobi, or want to spend some quality time with loved ones, you should check out Uhuru Park. Also, if you are looking for boating, you are going to have fun there. And all that comes just for 50
Romantic picnic sites in Nairobi
We just happened to think about the different kinds of queries you might be having as you are reading this article. Maybe you are looking for a romantic spot where you can take your better half for an unforgettable date, or you just want to surprise them in your own way. We have picked up a few spots you might want to take a look at in this case. Even though you might not think of them as picnic spots, we think they pretty much are. Only thing is that you will not need to carry along food from home.
4. Tamarind Dhow
If you have not heard of or have never been to Tamarind Dhow, we suggest you do. You cannot miss out on a romantic dinner on this magnificent floating restaurant. This pretty spot is located at the Tamarind Jetty of Mombasa and is one of the best picnic sites in Mombasa.
Looking for a beautiful location with an amazing view? Book a private dinner at the Dhow. You know why? Because the scenic beauty will take you and your love to another journey which you will never forget. You can almost breathe in the wide and spectacular view of the coast. The view of Mombasa’s sparkling lights in the dark and the star-studded skies will drive you to a sweet mood. Since you will be on the water, you can expect mouth-watering seafood cooked in Swahili style. All that is left is for you to make your move.
The cool factor about the Dhows is that the platforms we now know as restaurants were once boats used for trading cargo along the coast of Kenya. They were refurbished later into floating restaurants while also keeping the traditional aspects of the original Dhow.
5. Whistling Thorns
Whistling Thorns is a great place to rest before or after an adventure trip or a safari. It is an affordable spot with a camping site, swimming pool, cottages, fun grounds, restaurant and a bar. If you are just visiting, you can have all the fun as these facilities remain open to visitors till 6 pm.
If you seek a getaway somewhere around Nairobi and want your partner to have a wonderful time, Whistling Thorns is where you want to be. If you are in a picnic mood, you can do that in the funkiest way possible by taking along your own tent and spend a romantic night under the stars. Don’t bother if you do not have a tent; you can just ask them to put one up for a little price. In case you have in your mind, an option for the swimming pool, you will need to book that in advance.
The food is exquisite and prepared using fresh veggies from the garden. You will be having your meals in the garden near the barbecue area or at the well-set veranda itself. You can take walks in the open savannah grassland. You will bathe in nature and feel the beauty of the wide variety of birds. If you are lucky, you may spot the magnificent Zebras and Gazelles and end a beautiful evening as you soak in the glorious sunset.
6. Giraffe Manor
The name may probably push you to think and you might wonder how you can have a romantic time with your beloved when the spot is named Giraffe Manor. Are you going to show your love only giraffes? Well, while there will be these beautiful creatures around you, you are going to fall in love with the beauty of that place at first sight.
Giraffe Manor is acclaimed for its magnificent environment; something that will make your day romantic anyway. It is also famous for its luxurious and well-furnished rooms and its iconic architecture. You will spend a lot of time just taking in the sights of the scenic garden and of course, the Rothschild giraffe; an endangered species which is estimated to be below 2000 in number. We think it is pretty amazing to see something so distinct.
You can book the manor for the night or for a total safari experience. The atmosphere is totally uplifting and you can indulge yourself in various outdoor activities with your partner. If you are planning to propose to him/her in such a place, we pretty much believe that it is going to be a “Yes”.
So, we have given you our thoughts regarding some of the best romantic picnic sites in Nairobi and around the region. Whether you are a local or a tourist in Nairobi and you have some brilliant plans for your family or for your love, these places are totally fine to spend some of the best days of your life. While you soak in the beautiful nature and the elements Kenya has to offer, you will also start admiring the culture and tradition there.