Are you visiting Nairobi for business? You may as well throw in some play to complement your business travel with leisure. From great co-working spaces offered by the Nairobi Garage, we highlighted activities to take up in order to tap into Nairobi’s vibrant business and fun network.
Nairobi has developed quite the reputation as a leader in the African innovation and startup scene over the last few years. From Obama confirming the city’s innovation prowess by hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi in 2015, to Microsoft also launching Windows 10 from Nairobi, the city’s place in the global startup landscape is firmly reserved.
This is thanks to all the great innovations that have put Kenya on the map – home to M-Pesa, Ushahidi, M-Kopa, Cellulant – Nairobi’s entrepreneurs have pumped out innovations that have surprised the tech community world-wide.
So on an average day in Nairobi, where do you go to find this innovation community in action? Where can you meet the entrepreneurs behind the magic?
Home-grown, with an international flare, Nairobi Garage is the destination for many of the great tech companies entering the market, for ventures scaling up, as well as for local businesses looking to gain that edge in a quickly evolving and tech-savvy market.
With two workspaces already active in the city’s Kilimani and Westands areas, Nairobi Garage recently added the jewel to its crown, opening its third location in the suburb of Karen. Now offering a network of offices spanning the whole of Nairobi, digital nomads, startup enthusiasts, and creative entrepreneurs, are able to drop in and work and network in any part of the city.
Given the notorious Nairobi traffic, this accessibility is not to be undervalued. Rather than face a gruelling snail-paced drive in rush hour, members can pop into their nearest state-of-the-art workspace, order a coffee, open their laptop and wait out the traffic. And they might just bump into their next big business partner, doing exactly the same thing.
Designed specifically with its vibrant business membership in mind, Nairobi Garage has ensured each of the three locations has its own vibe. The Kilimani office is the largest space, and has the most laid back “startup” feel to it – hosting weekly events, Monikos cafe and over 50 growing businesses, across three floors. The Westlands space, with its more “corporate” feel, houses a number of fintech and insuretech companies. The city’s role as a regional business hub is definitely felt in this space.
The new Karen space – set in acres of lush green gardens – feels less like an office and more like a retreat from the city. The space has been carefully constructed to reflect the local lifestyle – a perfect blend of relaxation, functionality, and efficiency.
OTHER FUN THINGS TO DO IN NAIROBI
Experience Nairobi’s magic by visiting these places:
- Karura Forest – Enjoy the serene forest air by riding a bicycle or walking through the lavish ensemble of trees and waterfalls. Located only 5KM from the city’s business district, this is also a prefect place to enjoy some peace and quiet on a picnic.
- Nairobi National Park – Considered the World’s only wildlife Capital, Nairobi National Park is located 7KM south of the City Centre. Being the only National Park within a city, the nairobi National Park is a spectacle to behold. It plays host to a variety of wildlife such as the endangered black rhinos, leopards, giraffes, Lions, Zebras, Buffalos among others.Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.
- Maasai Market- The Maasai market is an avenue for one to buy authentic African artifacts such as Paintings, Jewellery, Beadwork, Clothing, Utensils as souvenirs or gifts. The venue and days for the open air Masai Market vary as shown here
- KICC RoofTop- Get the most epic 360 degree view of Kenya’s capital from the Kenyatta international Conference Centre Helipad. The panoramic view is a favourite to many photographers and film makers. See more details here
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