One way to relax after the weekday grind is to go to the gym or field, and the weather is ideal for people who love the outdoors. Two of the biggest club teams in the country are Gor Mahia or AFC Leopards, and everything tends to grind to a halt when they square off against each other. The national stadium also has a track for athletics, a gymnasium, and a meter foot pool. It was the first stadium in Kenya and it hosts many local football matches.
In addition, Kenyans love watching, and arguing about, football. Below is a selection some of the sporting highlights of Nairobi: Where to watch football in Nairobi Most football matches in Nairobi are played at Nyayo Stadium in the Industrial Area or Kasarani Stadium.
The derby between the two is the biggest match in Kenya. Definitely worth attending, though, for your own safety, it is advisable to sit in the VIP section tickets are KES The perennially disappointing Kenyan national team are also fun to watch, particularly for their World Cup and African cup of nations qualifiers.
To buy a ticket, just turn up on the day — look for the cars which get converted into official ticket booths. Kenyans are also massive fans of the English Premier League, and matches are on show everywhere.
And then for the really local experience, the games are shown in the informal settlements, such as Kangemi or Kawengraw. They create make-shift viewing areas where fans watch on banks of seats. Best to go with a local to these bars! The best is the beautiful Karura Forest which has 5km, 10km and 15km running circuits.
The Arboretum is also a nice place to run.
Running round the back streets of posh neighbourhoods in Kileleshwa and Lavington is fun, and a great way to explore the city despite the occasional wayward matatu bus. Several running races take place during the year, the highlight being the incredible Lewa Safaricom Marathon at the Lewa Conservancy.
Following the race there is a party for the runners and the local community. In terms of running clubs, the Urban Swaras meet at 7am on Saturday mornings, in a different location every week.
Participants can choose to run from 10km to 30km, and a variety of ability groups attend. Kenya qualified for the world cup in every tournament from to , and have even beat Sri Lanka and the West Indies. In terms of domestic league cricket, the Kongonis cricket team, established in play at the beautiful old colonial ground at Nairobi Club.
Kongonis mainly take on teams based in the large Asian community, with teams playing at the Jaffrey Sports Club and Gymkana.
Where to watch rugby in Nairobi Middle and upper class Kenyans go wild for rugby, particularly Rugby Sevens. The international Kenya team have been strong in the last 10 years, but had a poor Olympic games, being knocked out in the group stages.
In the local league, expats mostly play for Les Gaulois, nominally the team for the French community. Whilst there is good reason to feel guilty about enjoying the beautiful fairways, when just next door people live cramped in informal settlements see these harrowing photos , the golf course is a great way to get away from the hustle and the traffic of Nairobi.
The Vetlab course in Loresho offers 18 not-so-easy holes, in beautiful, quiet grasslands.
The golf park inside the Ngong Racecourse offers surprisingly challenging golf and is the most affordable in the city. Outside the city, there are also some great golf courses, including the stunning Limuru Country Club 50 mins from Nairobi , and the very friendly Sagana Club 20 mins.
For those with more cash, the Windsor, Muthaiga and Karen golf clubs offer stunning golf, but the day rates are pretty high at between KES and for a round. Finally, the Rift Valley Golf Club in Naivasha gives the opportunity to play alongside wildebeest, zebra and giraffes, who roam freely on the fairways.
Where to cycle in Kenya Nairobi has a vibrant cycling scene. The club is situated in a small shed outside of Kikuyu town. See website for details. We love sports, volunteering, and exploring the country.
We ended up staying longer than initially planned three years because we enjoyed it so much, but are now moving back to Paris where Soleine is from. We will miss the greenery, the blue skies and our amazing set of friends.
We will not miss the traffic police.