Experiential travel agency Arrival trip launched Instagram Tours (IG Tours) in 2017 which offer participants scenic tours of towns and cities in Kenya. The tours started in Nairobi and then moved to cities such as Mombasa, Lamu and Kisumu.
Tours offer insight into the cities in a unique way and include activities such as; nature, culinary experiences, city walking tours, sunsets and pub crawls. Activities take place over a 24 hour period starting with a strategic view of the sunrise from 6 a.m. and ending at 6 a.m. the next day.
Turnup Travel recently hosted the fifth Nairobi IG Tour on September 7, 2019 with experiences all over Nairobi. Here’s how it all went.
Sunrise at GTC
The fifth Nairobi IG Tour started in Nairobi World Trade Center (GTC Nairobi), a new real estate development from Avic International, scheduled to open in 2020. The Global Trade Center Nairobi, East Africa’s first ultra-premium urban complex, consists of four major elements, including the tower 184 meter office tower, 5 star deluxe JW Marriott hotel, 116 meter GTC Executive Residence and shopping mall.
The office tower is 45 stories high and this is where we could see the sunrise and the city. The office building has amazing views of the city and I think when completed it will offer the best views of Nairobi.
Here are some photos from the top.
We then headed to Yuanzhiyuan Chinese Restaurant located on Mandera Road in Kileleshwa. The restaurant is run by Chef Cui, a certified senior chef. Chef Cui has over 25 years of experience in this industry.
The breakfast menu included:
- Shanghai Steamed Bun
- Spring Rolls
- Cooked dumplings
- Sesame Rice Ball
- Mango sticky rice ball
Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs
Sliced snow pea salad
Crispy Radish Sauce
Songhua Egg and Tofu Salad
- Cantonese Porridge
- Pok Choy with mushrooms
- Stewed beef with radishes
Breakfast was accompanied by an interesting tea ceremony experience offered by Chinya Tea.
Visit of the Nairobi National Museum
We then headed for a tour of the Nairobi National Museum. We were able to discover the rich heritage of Kenya through the museum exhibits and also visit the Snake Park. Some of the participants had never been to the museum and it was a real treat for them.
The Nairobi National Museum is the flagship brand of Kenya’s national museums. Located on Museum Hill, the museum showcases Kenya’s rich heritage with four distinct themes representing Kenya’s culture, nature, history and contemporary art. Other attractions within the grounds include the Snake Park and Botanical Gardens as well as a state-of-the-art auditorium that occasionally hosts concerts, film screenings and other events.
Next stop was lunch at Pan Asian Yao in Gigiri. We were treated to a sumptuous three course meal which included;
- Hargau shrimps
- Chicken wings with basil
- Crispy Aurbergines
- Sweet and sour (vegetables and chicken)
- Beef with dry chili
- Hot garlic chicken
- Tofu Ma Po
- Pork choy with garlic
- Rice with vegetables
- Vegetable noodles
- Crepe with dates and vanilla ice cream
- Chocolate mousse with five spices
After lunch, we were treated to a Taiji (Taijiquan) martial arts class by Master Li. Taijiquan is a martial arts system imbued with the concepts and science of Chinese medicine and Taoism that provides a unique martial arts training that seeks to balance the forces of body and mind. Master Li is a 20th generation of martial arts instructor Chen Style Taiji and disciple of famous Grand Master Zhu Tiancai, the 19th generation holder of Chen Taijiquan. Master Li heads the Nairobi branch of the Zhu Tiancai Taiji Academy where he teaches people of all ages.
GTC residential tour and cocktails
The GTC development includes the GTC Executive Residence, which at 116 meters makes it the tallest apartment tower in East Africa. The residential properties will be spread across four towers on the property and will include 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments that will be available both residential and rental. For rental, they will be available for both short term (AirBnb style) and long term rentals. The apartments are furnished and will be managed by Ascot Management.
The apartments are available for purchase as an investment opportunity, after which the owners will receive rental income. The apartments will include living and entertainment facilities such as the 9,600 roof garden in modern international style, the 3,181 GTC CLUB – Nairobi’s largest private club, multi-purpose hall and kindergarten international (nursery / early education center).
The cost of the apartments is as follows;
- 1 bedroom – 82 square meters – Ksh. 22 million – Projected rental income – Ksh. 250,000 per month
- 2 bedrooms – 105 square meters – Ksh. 27 million – Projected rental income – Ksh. 250,000 per month
- 2 bedrooms – 110 square meters – Ksh. 27.5 million – Projected rental income – Ksh. 250,000 per month
- 2 bedrooms – 112 square meters – Ksh. 27.9 million – Projected rental income – Ksh. 250,000 per month
- 3 bedrooms – 137 square meters – Ksh. 34 million – Projected rental income – Ksh. 300,000 per month
- 3 bedrooms – 175 square meters – 44 million – Projected rental income – Ksh. 300,000 per month
We got to tour the apartments and they are really good and they have amazing views over Nairobi. The apartments will have standard equipment and facilities as GTC will provide the apartments.
We were then greeted for a cocktail at the GTC Club.
Pub Crawl at Melanin Club
Next stop was a pub crawl at the Melanin Club in Westlands. We got a taste of Nairobi nightlife with drinks and music.
The final stop on the fifth Nairobi IG Tour was the Konshens concert by Hype Fest at Ngong Racecourse. The concert also included Kenyan acts which included; Nviiri, Ethic, Kansoul, Gwaash, Sailors, Bensoul, Ochungulo Family and Chris Kaiga. The concert was so much fun in terms of music but disorganization and lack of adequate security spoiled the experience.
We still had fun mainly because of the music and left at 7am.