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“An illuminative experience”

United Nations Visitor's Service
Ranked #15 of 127 things to do in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) located in the leafy suburb of Gigiri, Nairobi, is one of the four United Nations Headquarters and the only one in Africa and the Global South. The United Nations Visitors’ Service was established on 9 January 2012, following General Assembly’s resolutions, which requested the Secretary-General to organize a guided tour operation at UNON.The Visitors’ Service’s main goal is to inform visitors about the work of the United Nations and its agencies by opening up the United Nations Complex to the public.We hope visitors will return home with a positive impression of the United Nations and its work in building peace and sustainable development.The Visitors’ Service provides guided tours to tourists, delegates, schools, colleges and universities as well as the general public. Children 5 years old and above are especially welcome.Days and Hours of Operation: Tuesdays to Thursdays: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.Reservations: Minimum of 5 people per group.Briefing Programmes: Special briefing programmes for groups could be arranged according to their areas of interest. Groups are briefed by members of the UN Speakers Bureau-Nairobi.Languages: Tours are conducted in English, and are available in French, German and Swahili upon request.What to See on the ToursBeautiful, lush, green landscape property unique among UN offices to UNON, populated with an amazing variety of plant and animal species;The UN Conference facilities and the "Green Building,” the UN’s greenest building in Africa;A Memorial Garden in honour of the victims of the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi;Special trees planted by representatives of Security Council Members in 2004, dignitaries, royalty and celebrities.Dozens of gifts and artworks presented to the United Nations by Member States, including paintings, sculptures and murals.Gigiri Nature Trail to view birds and different indigenous trees and plants (optional for an additional fee).
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 23 June 2014

I was with a university class of Tourism Management students on industry based learning and the visit was not initially planned in their Nairobi Circuit. It was very different from the rest of the attractions in the circuit. The students were exposed to the UN perspective and they learned a lot. We combined the UN Tour with the Technical Tour (a visit to the Green building) and Nature Trail. They were able to identify what they saw with concepts taught in class in relation to Environmental Management, Sustainable tourism, International Tourism. They also appreciated the international focus and security details required. As a result they are more conscious about environment and development.

Next time I would request that they also visit the vibrant conventions and events department.

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1  Thank Lynette A
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Nairobi_UN, Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2015

Dear Lynette,

Thanks for your kind review! We're delighted to learn that you enjoyed your visit. #karibUNi tena!

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

the visit to the UN headquarters was very educative and informative. the gates are now open to everyone who wishes to visit. the environment is beautiful and peaceful. Devina our guide was so friendly and took us round the premise. she also taught us the roles of UN, functions, member states amongst others. each monument at the UN has a message to bring to the people. the skeleton of the index finger tells us to be warned and i found it the most important monument.The UN's main role is to promote peace around the world. one should take a visit and learn more about the UN and learn to make the world a better place.one should carry with him/her comfortable shoes for easy walking.

Thank susan n
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Nairobi_UN, Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2015

Dear Susan,

Thanks for your kind review! We're delighted to learn that you had a great experience on your visit. "karibUNi tena!

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Reviewed 3 March 2014

I moved to Nairobi a couple months ago and had driven by the UN campus a couple of time and was curious as to what actually happened there. I went to their website and was pleasantly surprised that they offered tours.

I booked the tour via email as directed through the website. The correspondence in the email was professional, friendly and timely. I felt confident going into my tour that it was going to be a good experience.

I arrived for my tour a bit late and the security line was a bit long because they were hosting an event that particular day. Checking in with security was easy, they had my name on a list.

Our tour guide was Winnie, she was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was just myself and one other person on the tour, so we had plenty of time to ask questions and take pictures. I walked away with a better understanding of the UN's mission and different departments. The tour took about 2 hours and is well worth the 1,500 shillings I paid as an American.

Thank Andrew B
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Nairobi_UN, Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2015

Dear Andrew,

Thanks for your kind review! We're delighted that you had a good experience with us! #karibUNI tena!

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Reviewed 14 February 2014

A visit to this pristine and peaceful environment is both an eye opener as well as interesting. You get a chance to know the contribution of your country and other nations to the global well being of society.
Walking around the compound is breath-taking and educative, and at the end you can relax for a meal or drink at the restaurant. A chance that no one should miss.

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1  Thank Liz M
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Nairobi_UN, Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2015

Dear Liz,

Many thanks for your kind review! We're pleased to learn that you had a great time on your visit. #karibUNi tena!

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Reviewed 13 February 2014

I had low expectations, but the visitor tour of the UN in Nairobi was outstanding. Afterwards we enjoyed a reasonably priced lunch in the UN cafeteria. The grounds are wonderful. I see where some of my taxpayer monies are going. Make sure you bring your passport!

Thank Michael W
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Nairobi_UN, Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2015

Dear Michael,

Thanks for your kind review. We're happy to know that you had a good experience with us. #karibUNi tena!

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