Nairobi Kenya has a lot of spots that are picturesque, quaint, and attractive in many other ways, making them exactly what you need for a memorable photoshoot. Whether you are a photographer planning a professional session, an Instagrammer, an ordinary person looking for stunning places to photograph, a videographer, advertising agency, or a tourist visiting Nairobi, this city has you covered when it comes to surreal locations for you to capture with your camera or phone.
Maybe you have hit all the known spots and you are in search of something new. It is usually hard to satisfy the ocular palette of an experienced photographer or curious mind, especially when you are in search of new ways to improve the composition of your work through unique backdrops.
So, if you are on the prowl for that new photography spot that will inject some much-needed oomph into your work, make your trip worthwhile, or give you a whole new experience you will live to remember, search no further. We have compiled the ten top photography spots in Nairobi that are just oozing with charisma.
10. The KICC Helipad
The KICC helipad offers you the rare chance to capture the evolving beauty of Nairobi’s skyline in your photos. You have to pay a minimal fee for access but compared to the views and experiences it offers, it’s completely worth it. It remains one of the few popular photography places in Nairobi.
9. Giraffe Center
This is a protected area for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. This is one of the most amazing places in our list because of the way it has been designed with interaction in mind. The giraffes are really amiable creatures and capturing some memorable shots with them should not be too hard.
8. Karen Blixen Museum
This is the home of author Karen Blixen who wrote the acclaimed memoir, Out of Africa. Karen lived in the house from 1914 to 1931 and being there is like stepping into a time when Kenya as we know it did not exist.
7. Nairobi Safari Walk
If you are out to find a unique photography spot in Nairobi, make this your next stop. The safari walk has raised wooden boardwalks that offer you an uninterrupted view of the wild. There is a variety of animals in the park, all picks actually, including different wild animals found in different parks across the country. The variety of animals, the rustic wooden boardwalk and the untouched environment come together to create a unique locale for your photoshoot.
6. Kitengela Glass
Do you want a trip to the surreal? The magical? The visually abstract? Then search no more, for Kitengela glass has all you are searching for and more that you did not bargain for. With its wonky glass sculptures, fairy-like cottages and mosaic paths that remind you of the yellow brick road from Alice in Wonderland, Kitengela glass offers you a chance to step into a surreal pocket of existence. Of the few secret photography locations in Nairobi, this counts among the top ones, even though it’s not deliberate; just less explored.
5. Karura Forest
With unique spaces like a waterfall, a bamboo forest, and an old colonial church, it is easy to see why Karura forest has been great for Photography in Nairobi. With its large collection of trees, the forest offers some of the best natural vistas for you to use when taking your shots.
4. Nairobi Arboretum
Nairobi Arboretum boasts over 2500 species of trees complete with some detailed information about each. Birds love the arboretum too and many different kinds can be seen flying among the trees. Butterflies also offer the odd colourful display as they flock and scatter in random patterns. The Nairobi Arboretum gives you the chance to explore a forest within the city and capture some awesome shots while you are at it.
3. Ngong Hills
The Ngong hills are for those who are willing to sweat and burn some calories to get to the top. Once you get there and the view hits you hard enough to leave you breathless, it will all be worth it. The Ngong Hills offers you a view of the rift valley from a god-like vantage point and it is only about 25 kilometres from the city. It has been really great for those out to promote Instagram photography in Nairobi, but you are free to explore it.
2. David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphan Trust
This is a nursery inside the Nairobi National park for rescued baby elephants. Since contact with them is allowed, you can capture some breathtaking shots as you feed and goof around with the mini elephants. This locale has a laid back natural vibe to it too, giving you the rare opportunity to capture the cute baby elephants in their natural habitat.
1. Nairobi Railway Museum
Adjacent to the Nairobi railway station, the railway museum is one of the most iconic and popular photography places in Nairobi. It was established in 1971 to display old locomotives and passenger coaches from the defunct East African Railways. With its magnificent displays of all kinds of engines, coaches and even a network of fully functioning railways, the railway museum offers you the rare opportunity to capture the essence of a bygone era in your photos.
In addition to being a complete photographers’ Guide to Nairobi, consider this a list of the top attractions in Nairobi as well.