Uhuru Park, Nairobi’s most famous recreational park, has a rich history of conflict and celebration in Kenya. Uhuru Park is a 12.9-hectare recreational park in Nairobi, Kenya, next to the city’s central business sector. On May 23, 1969, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta opened it to the general public. It has an artificial lake, many national monuments, and an assembly ground that has become a popular weekend skating area as well as a venue for local skateboarding contests (best trick contest 2017), catering to Nairobi’s developing skate community.

Aside from skateboarding, boat riding, kids games, and camel riding, the assembly area hosts political and religious activities on occasion. It is well-known as the location where the Moi administration forcefully dispersed anti-illegal land grabbing protests. The park was criticized in 2021 for an attempted makeover that involved the removal of elderly trees. Due to environmental concerns, the project was blocked by a national court.

Soldiers dressed in bright uniforms marching to lovely music played by a military band are as typical in this Park as the violent interruption of political protests. In 1989, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai led demonstrations against the proposed construction of a 62-story headquarters for former President Moi’s governing political party, KANU, on the Park.

Wangari Maathai’s influence in the protection of  Uhuru Park

It is home to the freedom corner, where Wangari Maathai led a group of women in seeking the release of their sons who had been arrested for political reasons by former President Moi’s dictatorship in 1991.

In 1996, Archbishop Maurice Otunga led a group of Catholics in burning a pile of condoms at this location. However, it is mostly used as a gathering place for national festivals, political rallies during election seasons, and religious organizations’ prayer services.

How to Get to Uhuru Park

The Park is located across from the Nairobi InterContinental Hotel on Uhuru Highway. It is bordered on the north by Kenyatta Avenue, on the west by the Community area, and on the south by Haile Selassie Avenue. Because of its prominent location in Nairobi’s core business center, folks from all around the city may readily reach it.

Entry Requirements

The park is available to the public at no charge. The Nairobi City County, on the other hand, charges for boat excursions and the use of the park’s restrooms.


Uhuru Park’s large lawns, shade trees, and well-kept gardens make it one of the city’s most appealing green areas, attracting thousands of city residents on weekends and public holidays. As a result, charismatic preachers aiming to bag a few souls and make a career by ministering to their spiritual needs have made it popular.

Another popular activity in the Park is boating on the manmade lake. Several footbridges embellish the Park, providing eye-catching connections to a man-made island in the Lake.

Picnic lovers will enjoy Uhuru Park’s excellent location, which includes the option of purchasing refreshments from food sellers stationed around the park’s paths.

Monuments, activities, and the famous Uhuru Park photographers

The Park also has various monuments, the most notable of which is a fountain commemorating former President Moi’s regime’s credo of love, peace, and unity, which was created during his reign. And if you want to take photos of your visit to the Park home with you, you’ll discover a swarm of expert photographers waiting to assist you.

The cost for the one day Mount Kilimanjaro hike includes and excludes the following items

Hike Price includes

All transfers to the mountain and back to your hotel

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents

Sleeping Mattress

All meals while on the Mountain

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Conservation fees (part of park fees)

Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

Rescue fees (part of park fees)

VAT (18% charged by the Government)

Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%)

Price Excludes

Airport transfers

Accommodation in Nairobi

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

Uhuru Park activities
Uhuru Park activities