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NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children provided by Nai Nami - Our Streets. Our Stories.

NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children

NAI NAMI: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children
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Tour snapshot
See the real Nairobi through the eyes of a street child on an intimate tour
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • 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
What to expect
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 66070P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Personal guide
  • Local lunch
  • Soft drinks
  • Lunch
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off: The tour starts and ends in front of Bata Shop at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi CBD
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Bata, Watalii Ln, Nairobi City, Kenya In front of the Bata Shoe Shop at Hilton Hotel
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • Personal guide
  • Local lunch
  • Soft drinks
  • Lunch
Exclusions
  • 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 at Hilton Hotel
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers 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 sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Bata
    Watalii Ln, Nairobi City, Kenya
    In front of the Bata Shoe Shop at 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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Yvonne L
San Francisco, CA39 contributions
My husband and I just finished this tour an hour ago and I had to write a review as I like my memory to be as fresh as possible when I write. Booking this tour was such a breeze and so easy to do, along with the confirmations and instructions on where to go. On our tour was just my husband and 1 other couple and we each had out own guide. I had Kissmart and my husband had Typhoon and we spent most of our time with these two guides. Nairobi is our stop back to the USA so we decided we wanted to do something different, neither of us are really into super touristy things but we both loved the opportunity to see Nairobi out of the tourists attractions and to be surrounded by locals without exploited them and their community. From the start Kissmart started pointing out places he used to sleep under or where he would pick pocket. It's incredible the outlook he has on life after how hard his beginnings were. He has such a positive vibe and only wants go better his community and help others succeed. I can tell he truly a community gem with the amount of people who were waving to him across the streets and in every direction. If you get Kissmart as your guide, make sure he tells you his poop bucket story, it's one I'll be sharing with family and friends! Now, Typhoon, always smiling and like a bubble of sunshine! My husband felt like they could be friends and he taught him all sorts of street slang and how to fit in with his crew. When we went to the market he helped us haggle and though my Asian-a** could have probably haggled more my conservative husband hates haggling so he did minimal haggling (my mom would be disappointed.) I would recommend this tour to ANYONE coming to Nairobi, even if it's just a day. There wasn't a single moment when I felt unsafe and they do a good job of making sure we're all well taken care of that no one harrasses us.

Don't second guess it! Honestly, if I came to Nairobi alone as a female I'd book this tour! The guys waited until our uber got there, made sure it was the right one and let me bum off their hotspot to order the ride so they stayed with us til the end so we could leave safely. Impeccable tour and fellows!

Time to "bounce"
Written November 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

lovestowandsr
Newport Beach, CA9 contributions
We had such a wonderful afternoon spending time with these upbeat guys who shared so much about their lives and how they overcame challenges living on the streets of Nairobi as kids. We spent the beginning of the tour walking through the different neighborhoods - uptown, downtown, etc - with explanations of the lifestyle in each place & how each of our guides fit into the street scene. What they share with you is beyond imagination and yet they are so open about their history and the path that led them to find a new way to live. Later they took us to a market where women make beaded handicrafts and other goods and they negotiated on our behalf. They also offered to share a meal with us, but we had to get back to the hotel. All in all, we were so happy to meet these inspiring human beings who are now also serving meals to street children and taking time to mentor them. This tour will leave you feeling and thinking about life with a fresh perspective. A must do for anyone visiting Nairobi.
Written June 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ffay005
Helsinki, Finland208 contributions
Aug 2021
My guides Typhoon and Donga showed me a Nairobi that I would otherwise never have seen. We met at the Hilton and then ventured out for a walk in the downtown area east of Moi Avenue. Those streets are superbusy and a no-go-zone for the average traveller, but with a local, it is safe to go there.

This was definitely worth it, and I would recommend the tour to anyone who wants to dig a bit deeper into Nairobi than what the uptown area has to offer.
Written August 10, 2021
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Jutta
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
For us this tour was the perfect way to start our trip in Kenya. From the moment we met the guys they were very open, very cheerful and we felt completely at ease in every part of the city they took us. It was really impressive to hear the stories about their lives and it is very inspiring to hear them talk about the mission they have to help children who are in the same position they once were. Besides from the heavy stories they told us, there was more than enough space for a good laugh and to practice the necessary Swahili slang words!! We recommend this tour to everyone who wants to get to know Nairobi in the realest way possible.
Written September 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Taylor R N
Seattle, WA1 contribution
If you are in Nairobi for even half of a day, sign up for this tour! For those of us traveling through Nairobi for safari, I think it’s important to see how real people live here. These young men were charismatic, well spoken and true change makers for their community. Each one of our guides told us stories of trauma and still manage to be resilient and give back to their communities. Many of them are school teachers, coaches, and helpers for the young minds in their community. I appreciated their openness and willingness to answer questions. Seriously! Sign up for this tour and try to tip a few extra bucks if you can. These guys have had hardly any business due to COVID and any extra Im sure is appreciated! It’s the most eye opening and important experience you can have in Kenya.
Written July 20, 2021
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Mélanie Rondreux
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
Nov 2021
Nai Nami's Nairobi Storytelling Tour won't leave you indifferent. Not only will you discover the secrets of old town Nairobi in a 3hours walking tour, but mostly you will hear the stories of street boys that once lived in these streets and survived through incredible strength and resilience. This tour is an important reminder of the reality of many people in Kenya and will leave you thinking! Daniel, Typhoon, and the whole team are so nice and attentive you will feel like one of the city dwellers and you even get to explore the Kariokor market and finish the tour with a lunch at one of the local restaurants. A must do!
Written December 5, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Camaya
6 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
This tour was amazing. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable about the area and told very compelling stories about their childhood. I felt completely safe and was able to explore areas of the city that I would not have seen otherwise. The guides are full of life and will make sure you have a great time. If you are interested in doing some shopping they will take you through the market and help you bargain prices. The tour ends at a restaurant with amazing food
Written April 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lisa
United States3 contributions
I had such a wonderful time meeting Kissmart and the rest of the tour guides. They were very insightful, knowledgeable, kind, patient and helpful. But the most enlightening part of the tour was hearing about each of their backgrounds and how they overcame all of their obstacles to live and serve as mentors in the ways that they do now.

They took us to various parts of Nairobi, explaining the different ways of life in each part, sharing their stories as well as some history of the neighborhoods. Where most tours only take you through the bright and shiny parts of the city in a bus or a van, you are actually walking through the neighborhoods with guys from the streets. If you’re hesitant because you will be walking, don’t, it seems that everyone knows them, respects them, and they are very protective of the clients. You will leave the tour in lightened thankful and have a new appreciation for the obstacles and the opportunities that these kind fellows have overcome. Highly recommended parentheses formally) who really know the neighborhoods and the stories
Written July 14, 2021
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Mandy K
1 contribution
May 2022 • Solo
Daniel and his friends were in contact from the start, the tour felt professional yet real. Daniel shared his story in a truthful and humble way and it really felt special to walk through the streets with someone who has survived and thrived despite all the harsh realities. Really a must-see and do...this experience stayed with me throughout my trip to kenya thanks to Daniel and the guys...they also haggled for me very nicely in the markets 🙏🏽
Written June 15, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Deborah H
Corona, CA18 contributions
Jun 2021
My brother and I traveled from the USA (California) and spent close to a week in Nairobi. We booked this tour based on other reviews and it was SO awesome! We were met by five of the guys promptly on time. My brother and I each had one of them walk with us the entire time explaining the streets and their childhood to each of us personally. They were very professional, we felt so safe and they were all so easy going and super funny too! It was very inspiring to hear their stories as children and how they overcame many obstacles in their lives to create a great life for themselves. We walked all around the downtown area, learned so much about the them and the city and then enjoyed lunch together at the end. They were very open to all our crazy questions and were really wonderful & humble guys. Make sure you take this tour! It's a must if you're visiting Nairobi!
Written June 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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A must-do tour while in Nairobi
I first did this tour on my own and found it to be so impactful, I arranged for my family and a family friend to do
jpilat1
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A must in Nairobi
All of the reviews about this tour are true. We meet on time and started to walk towards 'downtown' Nairobi. I n
B59BEgeorgem
B59BEgeorgem
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Humbling But Enriching Experience
We were drawn to this tour by the glowing reviews and we weren't disappointed. Our guides are very courageous in t
Cir1
Cir1
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Must Do Tour!
I did the tour with my sister and Dad after spending a week in Kenya and were looking for something to do for our l
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Exposing the other side of Nairobi - You need to hear the stories from these former street kids
Beginning outside the Hilton Hotel at the Bata shop, this is a three-hour walking tour in downtown Nairobi with for
Venita H
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Walking tour
See the people and how they make it Day by day. This was definitely an eye opening experience! The guides give you
anonyd
anonyd
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Best tour ever
I've been to many places in the world. This was the best tour I've ever had. The guys were inspiring. The way they
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A Must Do in Nairobi!
I and my wife had a spare day in Nairobi before we embarked onto our Safari, we always try and fit in some form of
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