Maya’s Guide to Nairobi

A kind friend and colleague who lived in Nairobi for many years, and is a self-proclaimed foodie sent me a fantastic list of recommendations of things to do in Nairobi (and mostly great places to eat!)

Here is the full list of recommendations I received when I arrived in Nairobi, along with my additional comments and thoughts. It’s mostly a restaurant and eating-out guide, but with a few other things as well – in case any of you are in need of suggestions for things to do in Nairobi!

I bought a map and started marking out where things were in order to plan my culinary tour of the city!

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Animal Facts

A friend of mine lent me a lovely book about the animals of the Mara, and that, combined with some interesting things I discovered from the guides on my safari trip, meant that I learned a lot of fascinating, amazing and fun facts about some of the animals of the Mara!


Hippos are herbivores, who spend all day lounging in the mud, almost fully submerged in water, and they come out onto the land at night to graze (they mostly eat grass). They are excellent swimmers, although they mostly prefer to stay near the banks of rivers and lakes so that they can stand up in the water rather than float or tread water. They can hold their breath underwater for up to 15 minutes, but on average they submerge for 5-6 minutes at a time before coming up for air. Hippos are massively aggressive, and will defend their territory fiercely, and can easily kill a human, although they won’t actually eat you afterwards. They live in families of around 10-15, usually with one male and lots of females, and some of the young.

When they defecate, they flap their tail quickly back and forth with a “thwap-thwap-thwap” noise, to spray their faeces far and wide. It looks a lot like shit, quite literally hitting a fan. Trust me, I’ve seen (and heard) it.

My favourite hippo fact? Young males are tolerated in a family, but they must show respect by defecating in the face of the alpha male. Possibly the most hilarious way to show respect I’ve ever heard of.

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The Maasai Village

The Maasai people are the tribe that live in the Mara area of Kenya, (and in some other areas as well) and are one of the most well-known tribes in Kenya. Originally from further north in the Samburu area, they travelling south several hundred years ago, and settled in the Mara region. They are notable warriors and hunters, and in the times before all of our modern technology, they were responsible for protecting the village and herds of cattle from the many predators that inhabit the Mara.

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Lions vs Zebra


In this video, you can see a large herd of zebra, (the collective noun for zebra is a “dazzle” FYI), panicking and running away from some lions in a stampede-type way.

The lions are trotting along unconcerned at a leisurely pace behind them, and as we watched we realised they weren’t especially bothered about catching the zebra – they were heading for something else. But it was quite a sight to see nonetheless.

Animals ambling about


Yet more videos from my trip to the Mara. I don’t care if you all get bored of these posts, as it was incredible, and I could watch these over and over again!

First, a mama elephant and her baby (who is less than 1 year old, apparently you can tell they are less than 1 if they can still pass underneath the mother’s belly).

Then, a large family of giraffes – the most I’ve ever seen in one place, I think there were at least 16 of them here, all hanging out together. Gorgeous!