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7 Unique Date Ideas to Try in Nairobi

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Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Nairobi is an enchanting destination for couples looking to escape mundane life. From exploring the local arts, crafts and cuisine to enjoying blissful walks, there are plenty of unique date ideas to try in Nairobi. Some would say the city is the perfect destination for a romantic retreat because it is full of wonderful locations and things to do to make special memories with your better half.

So, you have overcome your fears and approached your date, and want to go somewhere unique to have fun but don’t know where. Well, congratulations and worry no more because we got your back. Sea Africa Today takes a look at seven unique date ideas to try in Nairobi.

1. Enjoy A Cup of Java Coffee 

Well, it’s no secret that some of the best coffee beans in the world are made in Kenya. However, not every Kenyan has tasted the coffee served at high end coffee shops such as Java House. Take your better half to try the most delightful coffees at Java if you are searching for unique date ideas in Nairobi.

2. Go Horse Riding at Achi’s Ranch

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Horse riding. Photo/ Scrapbook Journeys.

One of the best ways to enjoy an adventure through the forest is doing it on a horse. Well, you can enjoy this fun activity with your partner at Achi’s Ranch located in Karen. Here, they offer horse riding excursions through Ngong Forest with the guidance of well-trained professionals.

3. Do Karaoke

How about doing karaoke with your partner in the evening? A karaoke machine broadcasts that bathroom singing voice to the living room and you can enjoy a good laugh at each other’s expense when they mispronounce the lyrics or stutter at the high notes.

Wondering where you can do karaoke in Kenya’s capital? Worry no more because we got you covered. Visit the Club Hypnotica Charity Karaoke on Sundays at Woodvale Grove, Westlands. You can also enjoy a video karaoke night every Tuesday from 7 pm at Cubano Sports Bar located on Stedmark Road, off Magadi Road.


Doing karaoke with your partner is worth trying if you are in a relationship. Photo/ San Antonio Express-News.

4. Visit The Butterfly Centre

One of the unique date ideas in Nairobi is visiting the Butterfly Centre. Imagine sitting in a setting surrounded by hundreds of butterflies of them in all their glory. As they flutter around, you and your partner can enjoy the beautiful shapes and colors. The Nairobi Butterfly Centre is located in Karen area, about 10 km south west of the city.

5. Go Ice Skating 

For most Kenyans, skating is an acquired taste. This activity needs an adventurous person and if your partner is one, then it is one of the date ideas to try in Nairobi.

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Ice skating in Nairobi. Photo/ Capital News.

Once you have had enough of the scorching African sun, visit Panari, which is the only Solar Ice Rink of its kind in East and Central Africa. The rink, which is is 32 by 12 m in size and has a 15,000 sq. ft, can accommodate 200 skaters at any time and is open seven days a week from 11.00 am until 10.00 pm.

6. Visit Nairobi National Park

Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, is the only city in the world that has a national park inside of it. Well, it would be unfortunate to talk about date ideas in Nairobi and not mention a visit to Nairobi National Park. Together with your partner, you can take a guided safari tour, go hiking or biking on one of the park’s many trails, or enjoy a picnic in the beautiful surroundings.

7. Watch The Sunset at KICC

Finally, you and your partner can call it a day at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) rooftop. For the longest time, the KICC was the tallest building in the country where people would enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Even though it’s no longer the tallest, the KICC is still a great location to watch the city and enjoy a stunning sunset. Here, you’ll have an obstructed view of of Nairobi from every possible angle. After the sun sets, you can stargaze for a little longer before leaving.

Where Can I Take My Girlfriend on a Date in Nairobi?

  • Oloolua Nature Trail
  • Nairobi Safari Walk
  • Giraffe Centre
  • Karura Forest
  • Uhuru Park
  • Shamba Cafe
  • Nairobi National Park

Where Can I Go on a Solo Date in Nairobi?

  • The Alchemist Bar (The Bus)
  • K1 Club House
  • Asmara Bar & Restaurant
  • 1824 Whiskey Bar and Lounge
  • Urban Eatery

What Are the Best Romantic Dates?

  • Afternoon tea
  • A carriage ride
  • Jewellery shopping
  • Cocktails
  • Sushi making
  • Theme nights

How Do You Make a Fun Date?

  1. Go tubing, kayaking or canoeing together
  2. Go fruit picking together
  3. Enjoy a candlelight dinner together at your home or apartment
  4. Go for a bike ride together
  5. Go bowling together

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Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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