Connecting with Nature at The Nairobi Arboretum

Nairobi is an amazing city full of culture and lively people but sometimes you want to be in the presence of nature and get connected to the peaceful ambiance that comes with it. That is why we visited the Nairobi arboretum- close to the Nairobi Central Business District, located along State House Road in the area of Kilimani. That’s why we also love it- It is close to the Westlands area in Nairobi.

The Arboretum

For about 50 Kenya shillings each we gained access to the beautiful grounds. The first thing that you notice is the greenery- The grande indigenous trees and plants that have been over the years. It is amazing because since it was established in 1907 as a place to hold the living collection of plants. Well, now people go there for team building activities, daily run/jog/workout, and other recreational activities. You will see families having picnics or even just people talking walks.
Beautiful Nature

The Nairobi Arboretum

The Rockeries Trail Walk

There are also many different trails at the Nairobi Arboretum. We went through a couple actually and the one I liked the most was the Rockeries walk. It was a seven-minute trail that led to the open grounds where there were places to sit. Rockeries Walk was a peaceful trail. We met monkeys and the sound of chirping birds was exhilarating. On our way, we saw vibandas and homes where people stayed. These people are so lucky to stay in nature- one of the best places to be in the world. The serene and quietness of the area make it an out of the world experience. If you’d like to soak up some sunshine and unwind, the Nairobi Arboretum has open grounds. We saw families with their kids and many people walking and playing with their dogs. You could also have a picnic but beware of the hawks surrounding the area. I think the best snacks to carry are trail snacks because there are lots of monkeys in the area and I don’t think anyone would want monkeys chasing them around and it’s also better for the environment.

The best time to visit The Nairobi Arboretum

The best time to visit is at the end of the rainy season, it is very beautiful and there are many butterflies. That day was warm and it had just rained the night before so you can imagine the ambiance. I was hooked on the atmosphere. The animals in the bushes, the stillness of the trees and the sound of the wind rustling the leaves were just revitalizing. Everything in nature seems to be so coherent- there’s so much to learn from it. One thing that the Nairobi arboretum does is educate people on trees. There we saw a wide range of trees of different species most of which were indigenous. The arboretum is a good place to work out and exercise whether you’re just going for a run, or just walking through most of the trails. That day we were shocked as we found ourselves walking a distance of almost 10 kilometers yet we had no idea. All we were doing just taking in the good air and relaxing at the amazing grounds. We saw a couple of people jogging around and most of them came in at around 5 pm. 

Walking barefoot in Nature

Walking barefoot in nature

Walking barefoot in nature

The best part about our day was walking through the trails and bushes barefooted. Taking your shoes off and letting in the earth’s energy penetrate your body is so breathtaking. Well, it hurt but it got a little easier with each step we took as all we could do was appreciate the fragrance of the air and the beauty of the plants. I never would have chosen to discard my shoes, but now that I can travel without them I don’t mind at all. We also got to cuddle the trees, which also felt great- letting yourself go and allowing the energy from the tree fill you with love. If you want to breathe in some good prana, The Nairobi Arboretum is the place to be. When you take in the fresh air in the presence of nature your body begins to feel some type of way. The clean energy allows you to ground yourself. This also provides you with the proper environment to meditate and center your energy. We took some time to meditate and trust me- I’ve never felt so relaxed and even better, it was like heaven on earth, perfection.

What you should know before visiting the Nairobi Arboretum

The best time to go to the arboretum would be from about 10 am till 6 pm when they close. The Nairobi Arboretum is a secure environment guarded by environmental officers who also stay in the area as well. They also walk around just ensure the place remains secure. It would be safe to carry sunscreen and sunglasses in case it gets hot but the sun is also good so don’t keep your shades on the whole time you will be there. It’s also good to carry a raincoat especially during the rainy season just in case it rains and you may also want to keep warm however the weather is usually friendly. Also never forget to carry a bottle of water however, there are shops right outside the entrance to the grounds. It would also be good to carry a first-aid kit just in case anyone gets hurt unless you’re a badass but seriously- do carry one.

Embracing being in nature

embracing being in nature

embracing being in nature

I love nature and being a part of it. And through it all, I have learned a lot especially from the animals that make a part of it. If you want to learn from nature you need to be outdoors and be more observant of the environment. Whenever I get the opportunity, I take time to ground myself through meditation, to listen carefully, observe and watch why animals really act and behave as they do. That way, I am able to connect with nature. One of the best places to visit is the Nairobi Arboretum. There you can spend time connecting with nature surrounded by the beautiful ambiance from the animals and plants in the area.

 

Tamara Cheruiyot

As I grew up my family and I would go for road trips and adventures around the world and the best part about it was the experience. Reconnecting with nature helps me redefine my place within it. I have grown up getting to experience what a beautiful country I live in full of taste, culture and lively people. I am Tamara, I love nature and being a part of it. I am a creative based in Nairobi, Kenya. I enjoy sharing experiences, connecting with nature and most of all, fashion, art and culture. I am more than happy to show the world how amazing Africa is.

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