Nai Nami - Our Streets. Our Stories.

Nai Nami - Our Streets. Our Stories.

Nai Nami - Our Streets. Our Stories.
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City ToursCultural ToursWalking ToursSightseeing ToursPrivate Tours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Experience Nairobi with city's best storytellers, former street children brought up in Downtown. Your guides Donga, Kissmart, Cheddaz and Mrembe come from Mathare, one of the biggest slums in Nairobi. All of them dropped out of primary school and raised themselves at an early age in the streets. They will make you experience their former “home” by inspiring you with their life stories, showing you how they survived through begging and hustling, teaching you their street skills and giving you the real insights. Even more important, they will share with you how they transformed to reasonable young men, how they look back on their former lifestyle and how they are nowadays trying to improve the situation of their families and friends. Nobody will be able to give you these insights the way they do. The tour is one-on-one (max. two guests per guide) to facilitate an inspiring exchange between you and your guides and to give you the opportunity to ask all your questions.
Nairobi, Kenya

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2023

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Dylan Clementia
2 contributions
Jan 2020
I want to thank all the guys from Nam Nami for giving us a personal tour around the city! I appreciate the personal stories that you guys shared with us but also giving us a tour through downtown Nairobi while simultaneously opening our eyes to the struggles most street children go through. You guys ensured that we felt safe throughout the tour as well as providing us with the opportunity to purchase some nice souvenirs at the local market (while helping us with the bargaining). Once again, thank you so much and wish you guys all the best in the future with your project!
Written January 6, 2020
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Belinda U
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
What an incredible experience, as a solo female traveler I felt safe at all times. Hearing all about my guide King’s life, was just so heartbreaking, you will be shocked at what they have had to endure as young children through to adulthood. Despite this, the determination to change their lives and the lives of other street children is so inspiring. Most of the guides have no education at all, and have taught themselves to speak English. We enjoined a traditional style meal at the end and the leftovers were giving to the street children, please spend another $10 and you can buy more meals for the kids. Thank King for an experience that will stay with me for life.
Written October 10, 2022
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Emma V
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Friends
Boys made us feel very welcome, safe and free to ask any questions! They are doing great work showing people around the town even to places where I would hesitate going alone but that were definitely worth to see to get the essence of Nairobi with all its differences and sad as well as hopeful stories. You can read about it, you can look it up on google, but nothing compares to being there with the people whose story it is. We walked we laughed we ate amazing Kenyan food and we would do it again!
Written February 27, 2023
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GillSparrow
Dubai, United Arab Emirates47 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Having grown up in Nairobi my sister and I returned years later to head down memory lane. Daniel was a fantastic guide and his stories very humbling, a brilliant way to understand Nairobi and all its challenges. To be a very small part of someone like Daniel (Captain) changing his life was inspirational. I can't recommend this tour enough ... don't hesitate, just book
Written June 5, 2022
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Simone K
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Family
We really enjoyed the tour through Nairobi‘s town center. Our guide was friendly and told us a lot about his personal experiences. We would definetly recommend the tour for other travellers who are interested in getting to know another side of Kenya.
Written November 2, 2022
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Andrea I
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Family
This was one of the imports program points of my short visit to Nairobi, which would have consisted of mainly conference rooms and hotels. Priest was so kind to share his childhood story of living in the streets, bars and shops downtown. Thank you guys!
Written December 5, 2022
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Frank W
Geneva5 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The walking tour and lunch was our favorite experience in Nairobi. We were three in the group and had three guides, each of them with his own personal experience growing up on the streets. You get to see parts of Nairobi where you would likely not walk by yourself and hear some of their stories. We always felt safe and well taken care of. It's a great project and hopefully many more will take one of their tours.
Written October 21, 2022
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Muji
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia952 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
great tour.. enjoyed it so much..
i was with Donga and mrembe great guys..
the stories they told us were so touching..
when you visit Nairobi this is side of Nairobi you Got to see..
Written November 20, 2018
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Clinton J.
Denver, CO18 contributions
Jan 2021
Alright, so first – to my American compatriots. The State Department will scare the bejesus out of you if you look up Kenya. They use words like, “Terrorism” and “Kidnapping”. Yeah, apparently the Somalis have beef with the Kenyan’s. And Kidnapping? Look, that’s like people looking up the U.S. and seeing, “Gunshots”. Yeah, things happen. But if you are smart about it, you’ll be alright. Not ONCE did I ever feel unsafe. Everybody I met was very nice and accommodating and I’d go back in a heartbeat!

This trip, I think, really helped me feel the way that I do. On a layover heading to Kenya, some things had changed and so I had a day to kill. I looked up on Trip Advisor and saw these guys and figured it'd be a good way to start. Honestly, it was the BEST way to start.

Listen, I'll be honest. I was the ignorant traveler who saw all the warnings and was afraid. On top of that, not only am I white and tall but my friend is whiter than a ghost. You could definitely pick us out of a crowd. Plus, we weren't sure how people felt about American's or tourism - especially with COVID going on.

Now, as the trip begun we learned that Uber is a good way to travel around there (cheap as hell, too) and thus we took one to the meeting location. Once there, our guides met us. Typhoon and Grilled Cheese. Yes. Those were the names they went by! They started off by taking us around downtown and showing us several of the key areas, including where the American Embassy was bombed in 1998. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos because it's not legal - apparently banned because of the number of attacks they get so they figured it a way to reduce the number of people doing surveillance.

They helped us navigate traffic and not die (one of the most amazing things there, the traffic... lol) but more than that, they really made sure to make sure we were safe - stopping traffic to get us across the road, making sure we were right by their side, etc.

Eventually, we went into Uptown where they showed us where they grew up, how they grew up, the shops where things were made, it was incredible. These guys knew all the places, they knew all the plain clothes cops, and they made sure that when we wanted to buy things we got the best deal (things that were initially 12 bucks ended at 4).

No topic was off limits. We were able to ask any question and they answered all of our questions. They were full of stories and facts and were possibly the nicest people I've met in a really, really long time. Finally, we ended our day at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant (at least that's how it looked from the outside - I never would've picked to go in there) but the food was REALLY good.

All told, this start made me feel substantially more at ease with the country. Everybody was kind, the experience was incredible, and to see how these guys are turning their lives around was pretty awesome. I would recommend this to anybody!
Written February 14, 2021
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Mindi D
70 contributions
Feb 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour through the streets of Nairobi. We were greeted by three young men: Donga, Chedas, and Kissmart who were personable from the beginning. As we strolled through the streets of Nairobi we learned about Nairobi itself but more importantly learned about the hardships these amazing young men had been through and their passion for turning their lives around

We loved the areas they walked us through and the various people we met too along the way.

One tip if you do the afternoon tour be sure to eat a little beforehand because you do the whole tour first before stopping for a bit to eat. However with that being said we loved getting to experience authentic Kenyan food!

We highly recommend this tour if you want to truly experience Nairobi.
Written March 25, 2020
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