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United Nations Visitor's Service

Gigiri, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
+254 20 7622043
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Ranked #19 of 104 activities in Nairobi
Owner description: The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) located in the leafy suburb of Gigiri, Nairobi, is one of the four United Nations Headquarters and the... more » Owner description: The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) located in the leafy suburb of Gigiri, Nairobi, is one of the four United Nations Headquarters and the only one in Africa and the Global South. The United Nations Visitors’ Service was established on 9 January 2012, following General Assembly’s resolutions, which requested the Secretary-General to organize a guided tour operation at UNON.The Visitors’ Service’s main goal is to inform visitors about the work of the United Nations and its agencies by opening up the United Nations Complex to the public.We hope visitors will return home with a positive impression of the United Nations and its work in building peace and sustainable development.The Visitors’ Service provides guided tours to tourists, delegates, schools, colleges and universities as well as the general public. Children 5 years old and above are especially welcome.Days and Hours of Operation: Tuesdays to Thursdays: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.Reservations: Minimum of 5 people per group.Briefing Programmes: Special briefing programmes for groups could be arranged according to their areas of interest. Groups are briefed by members of the UN Speakers Bureau-Nairobi.Languages: Tours are conducted in English, and are available in French, German and Swahili upon request.What to See on the ToursBeautiful, lush, green landscape property unique among UN offices to UNON, populated with an amazing variety of plant and animal species;The UN Conference facilities and the "Green Building,” the UN’s greenest building in Africa;A Memorial Garden in honour of the victims of the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi;Special trees planted by representatives of Security Council Members in 2004, dignitaries, royalty and celebrities.Dozens of gifts and artworks presented to the United Nations by Member States, including paintings, sculptures and murals.Gigiri Nature Trail to view birds and different indigenous trees and plants (optional for an additional fee). « less
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I was with a university class of Tourism Management students on industry based learning and the visit was not initially planned in their Nairobi Circuit. It was very different from the rest of the attractions in the circuit. The students were exposed to the UN perspective and they learned a lot. We combined the UN Tour with the Technical Tour... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

the visit to the UN headquarters was very educative and informative. the gates are now open to everyone who wishes to visit. the environment is beautiful and peaceful. Devina our guide was so friendly and took us round the premise. she also taught us the roles of UN, functions, member states amongst others. each monument at the UN has a... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I moved to Nairobi a couple months ago and had driven by the UN campus a couple of time and was curious as to what actually happened there. I went to their website and was pleasantly surprised that they offered tours. I booked the tour via email as directed through the website. The correspondence in the email was professional, friendly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

A visit to this pristine and peaceful environment is both an eye opener as well as interesting. You get a chance to know the contribution of your country and other nations to the global well being of society. Walking around the compound is breath-taking and educative, and at the end you can relax for a meal or drink at the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I had low expectations, but the visitor tour of the UN in Nairobi was outstanding. Afterwards we enjoyed a reasonably priced lunch in the UN cafeteria. The grounds are wonderful. I see where some of my taxpayer monies are going. Make sure you bring your passport!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

interesting history that I was not aware of. UNON Complex is really a global complex, the work they do is commendable. when you are out there you have no idea what is inside exept to see the place as ' out of Bound' only improve on visitor accommodation in terms of parking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Never thought a visit to offices would yield so much information! and that was my experience of visiting UN Nairobi and getting to learn the UN's history and its impact globally - including its influence on the colour of our traffic lights (that was such a fun fact!). The two hour walk on the UNON complex helps raise awareness not... More

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Nairobi_UN, Public Relations Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this review

Dear Mstrixie007, thank you for your kind review! We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable tour and learnt a lot. #karibUNi tena (welcome again)! More

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The tour of United Nations at Nairobi is an excellent tour to get to know the UN's history and work - it was very informative and interactive. Davina our guide, was great and had many interesting facts and stories to tell us about the UN and it's work. The complex itself is beautiful and it makes for a great day... More

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Nairobi_UN, Public Relations Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this review

Dear Shaheentherani, thank you for your kind review! We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable tour and learnt a lot. #karibUNi tena (welcome again)! More

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Im glad i visited the UNON. It was very informative and i got to learn so much about the United nations as an organization and their role in maintaining peace and security in all its member states. The members of staff, right from the security officers at the gate are very courteous and eager to help with queries, far from... More

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Nairobi_UN, Public Relations Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this review

Dear Lucy, thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable tour and learnt a lot. #karibUNi tena (welcome again)! More

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Until today I thought the UN offices are 'out of bounds' to anyone who doesn't work there but our visit today has revealed a completely different position. We got very good information from the guides showed us around the facility and gave us a very informative lecture. The guides are very friendly and courteous, and have a lot of information... More

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Nairobi_UN, Public Relations Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this review

Dear David, thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable tour and learnt a lot. #karibUNi tena (welcome again)! We look forward to seeing you again! More

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