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NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children
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NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children

By Nai Nami - Our Streets. Our Stories.
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Give back as you enjoy a fascinating cultural experience on this ethical tour of downtown Nairobi. Your guide, a former street child, shows you around the city center underbelly, telling tales of how to survive on the streets. Visit a hidden market, eat lunch at a basic kibanda eatery, and discover your guide’s personal journey with no more than one other traveler. Choose between morning or afternoon tours.
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₹3,222.86
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₹3,222.86
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Ages 14-99, max of 8 per group
Duration: 3h
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English

Highlights
  • See the real Nairobi through the eyes of a street child on an intimate tour
  • Help young people from tough backgrounds build a viable future
  • Each guide looks after maximum two travelers, ensuring a real connection
  • Eat like a true Nairobi local at a kibanda street shack
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022

  • Personal guide
  • Local lunch
  • Soft drinks
  • Lunch
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off: The tour starts and ends in front of Bata Shop at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi CBD


Departure details
  • Bata, Watalii Ln, Nairobi City, Kenya In front of the Bata Shoe Shop in City-Hall Way next to the former Hilton Hotel
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66070P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wear good shoes (no sandals or high heels)
  • Carry a copy of your passport (main page and the page showing the visa stamp) or your original passport
  • Do not carry any valuables like flashy jewellery
  • Do not bring a camera, since taking pictures in town is not allowed (but your phone is fine)
  • Minimum age: 14 years
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children?
How much is NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children?
NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children price starts from ₹ 3,130.29. Discover and book NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children on Tripadvisor
What is the NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children cancellation policy?
NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children on Tripadvisor
Which company provides NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children?
NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children is hosted by Nai Nami - Our Streets. Our Stories.. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Nai Nami - Our Streets. Our Stories. on Tripadvisor. Discover and book NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66070P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Bata
    Watalii Ln, Nairobi City, Kenya
    In front of the Bata Shoe Shop in City-Hall Way next to the former Hilton Hotel
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Nai Nami - Our Streets. Our Stories.
    Kenyatta International Conference Center
    National Archives
    August 7th Memorial Park
    Tom Mboya Statue
    Nairobi railway museum
    Kariokor
    Jeevanjee Gardens
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Ann K
Ann K
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Don’t miss this eye opener
I can highly recommend this tour. The guides were very engaged and told us a lot about life as a former street chil
K9888XFandreai
K9888XFandreai
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A must in every program
This was one of the imports program points of my short visit to Nairobi, which would have consisted of mainly confe
simonekN680NR
simonekN680NR
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Great Tour!
We really enjoyed the tour through Nairobi‘s town center. Our guide was friendly and told us a lot about his person
winki
winki
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Highly recommended walking tour of Nairobi
The walking tour and lunch was our favorite experience in Nairobi. We were three in the group and had three guides,
ChMathieu
ChMathieu
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An unforgettable experience
Definitely a Must-Do in Nairobi! The guides showed us spaces of the city, you wouldn’t see otherwise as a tourist.
286belindau
286belindau
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Nai Nami
What an incredible experience, as a solo female traveler I felt safe at all times. Hearing all about my guide King’
clarissev823
clarissev823
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A memorable experience
We went on a tour with these wonderful people last August and enjoyed every moment we spent with them. That was suc
Passport68048539417
Passport68048539417
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Great walking tour in down town Nairobi
Very nice city tour throuh downtown Nairobi. Sunami and Typhoon were excellent guides and the local lunch you get a
GillSparrow
GillSparrow
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Don't hesitate - book
Having grown up in Nairobi my sister and I returned years later to head down memory lane. Daniel was a fantastic
sambissett
sambissett
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One of the best things I have ever done!
Coming to Nairobi, we were contemplating doing a Kibera tour. However, despite the fact the money goes back into th
dylanclementia
dylanclementia
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An unforgettable amazing experience
I want to thank all the guys from Nam Nami for giving us a personal tour around the city! I appreciate the personal
T0r0nt0_Traveller11
T0r0nt0_Traveller11
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Nai Nami Walking Tour
The tour was excellent. The guides were friendly and did a fantastic job of showing our group around the city while
Vincedewar
Vincedewar
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The best way to experience downtown Nairobi!
Without a doubt, this was the best way to spend my first Saturday in Nairobi. The city walk was incredibly interest
Erika C
Erika C
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Great experience
We were in Nairobi only for two days so we wanted a quick tour in the city. We walked through the midtown and downt
flyserenafly
flyserenafly
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Once in a Lifetime Experience!!!
It was such an eye opener for my mum and me. Typhoon was with me most of the time and he was honest, sincere and ga
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marjorietara
Washington DC, DC3 contributions
Jan 2023
This is an eye opening tour with incredibly resilient and impressive guides. I felt very safe the entire time and was grateful to be able to see parts of Nairobi I would not feel comfortable to walk around alone. I really enjoyed Priest's company and appreciated his willingness to share his story with me.
Written 26 January 2023
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Julie C
4 contributions
Jan 2023
Highly recommend this tour. It is a true look behind the curtain at what life is like for these kids. I was amazed we each in the group had our own guide sharing their person story while walking through their neighbourhoods, experiencing their culture and taking a look at what they have done to change their lives and inspire others who are facing the same fate.
Written 22 January 2023
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Jessv7
Rugby, UK11 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
We had a wonderful tour from Typhoon, Cheddar, Tsunami, Priest, Donga and others. They showed us the parts of downtown nairobi we would not have otherwise been able to see. And they kindly shared their own personal tales of survivorship on the streets, and what they are doing now to help other young people in that position. They were so friendly, and looked after us exceptionally well, we felt completely safe the whole time. We each had our own guide as well to explain things as we walked. They all have truly inspiring stories and are doing amazing things with their new lives as tour guides. Thank you so much
Written 12 January 2023
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Country C
1 contribution
Jan 2023
best tour with a king I ever had , please try to donate some food to the children in the street to feed them and to make the smile will recommended and will give 5 star
Written 9 January 2023
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Mattias K
3 contributions
Excellent tour! We had allt of guides and they took very good café of us. Interesting to hear their stories. Rekommend this tour!
Written 4 January 2023
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cbl41
north carolina136 contributions
Dec 2022
My husband and I took our 3 college aged kids on this tour on 12/30/22 and it was fantastic. You would never see this side of Nairobi without a tour like this (and I believe this is the only one of its type in Nairobi). The area is not one a typical tourist would ever roam around in without a specific purpose.

Most impactful was meeting these guys and hearing their personal stories. As I mentioned, we were a party of 5. Also as part of our tour was a 20-something couple from Italy and a couple of early 30's guys looking to party.

Almost immediately the guides broke us into groups and from that point forward we had an essentially private tour. Kudos to the guides, very savvy of them, the groups the broke us into were well matched to the personalities of the guides. Example: my son and I are more quiet and introspective and the guide we got (Tsunami) was very friendly in a low key, quiet assurance kind of way. I am pretty sure he knows everyone in the neighborhood because he (and consequently, we) fist bumped every other person we passed, big smiles all around. My husband, daughter, and other son were matched with Typhoon, who is a much more outwardly extroverted guy, very charismatic. They didn't have nearly the volume of fist-bump greetings that we did, but it was very clear everyone knew him and respected him greatly. He was a better match for my husband/daughter/son because they are all more extroverted in general and also my daughter is very pretty and very blonde, which attracted a lot of unexpected attention. She appreciated Tycoon's ability to ensure she felt perfectly safe the entire time.

Because we had different guides, we literally had completely different tours, seeing similar but different areas and hearing the guides' personal stories. Their stories are truly heartbreaking and the resilience shown by these men in surviving and thriving in these terrible circumstances is one of the most inspiring experiences my sons have ever had in their lives. (Tsunami, your remarks to my son about how important education is and how incredibly blessed he is to have access to education has got him thinking he should approach his studies more seriously and gratefully--- something I have been unable to do these past 23 years, so thank you.)

Also admirable is their commitment to helping other kids get out of the crushing poverty these kids live through. If you are interested they will help put you in touch with a school so that you can sponsor a child's school fees and help lift them into a better life through education. (If you are not interested in that, they don't push it on you. They mention it once, then move along).

The guides themselves are funny, fascinating, and their English is very good. They support themselves and their families by leading these tours. Our family felt 100% safe the entire time. Lunch was tasty, local food including food our vegetarian daughter could eat, served in the quiet back area of a small local restaurant. We all felt fine after lunch and it cost us appx $5 each for a table full of food and drinks. Wear flat, comfy walking shoes, I was personally glad I'd opted for my tennis shoes instead of sandals. I suggest you toss on a light jacket and long skirt or pants so you don't get sunburnt and so your attire fits in with the rest of the people in the neighborhood.

In short, if you have 3 hours to spare, I recommend this tour very, very highly. We travel a LOT...and by that I mean really a LOTTTTTT (as example - 10 days prior to this tour I was in Buenos Aires and Antarctica. In a few weeks I leave again for the Caribbean, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam). We book private tours in nearly every city and have for years. But only once before in my life have I experienced a tour that hit me with realness like this; its a very raw experience, being there and hearing the real-life experiences. At the same time you find yourself enjoying yourself and feeling like you have made an actual new friend.
Written 2 January 2023
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Marco M
7 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Walk trough the hectic life of Downtown Nairobi, literally walking trough slums and past many people sleeping in the streets. This area is dangerous to visit without a proper guide due to high criminality rates. As the guides have lived in these streets, they can tell you all ins and outs about how it's like to live there. Pure insight in the life of children living in the streets of downtown. Definitely surpassed my expectations. Big thank you to our guide who made us feel safe, showed us around, and told impressive stories about his life in these streets. Highly recommend when in Nairobi!
Written 1 January 2023
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Jared T
9 contributions
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Tsunami showed us around and told us all about his experience growing up on the streets of Nairobi. Would definitely recommend this to everyone who wants to get away from the more typical “tourist” excursions!
Written 27 December 2022
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Cee B
2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
The tour for our family of four was unforgettable. The engaging guides are able to navigate parts of Nairobi that we would be otherwise unlikely to see. At the same time, they shared their frank , extraordinary and heartbreaking life stories as children on the streets of Nairoibi, They now also working with some incredible outreach programmes giving other street children educational and funding opportunities. Have a look at rootsinstitutecentre.com for some of their work.
Written 27 December 2022
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JillWP
White Plains, NY50 contributions
A heartfelt and honest narrative and tour from a wonderful young man who is working his hardest to change the circumstances of his own life and so many around him. I felt informed, safe and privileged to be let into this world.
Written 22 December 2022
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