Budget Friendly Valentines Day Ideas

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You know Njaanuary is over when malls put up love hearts to usher in the month of romance. In case you don’t have the money to treat your partner to a weekend getaway or a 5-course dinner, don’t panic just yet. We got you covered. Here are our top pick valentines day ideas that are pocket friendly.

1. Chill at the KICC Rooftop

The Kenyatta International Conference Centre is a 105 m high building set at the heart of Nairobi City Centre. The helipad is located on the building’s 28th floor. Treat your better half to a panoramic view of Nairobi City and get the opportunity to take cheesy photos of each other. We recommend that you pack your partner’s favorite snack for this date.

Entry fee for East African residents is Ksh: 150

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Views of Nairobi City Centre from KICC Rooftop


2. Hike up Ngong Hills

Helping each other through trenches and up little ant hills is in its own unique way, very romantic for nature enthusiastic couples. Ngong Hills is located about 22 km from Nairobi CBD. The full trail takes about 4-5 hours. You can also opt for a picnic under the trees. The magnificent views of Mount Suswa and its environs makes it one of the best valentines day ideas.

Entry fee is Ksh. 200


Ngong Hills Trail


3. The Nairobi Safari Walk

If your significant other has a special place in their heart for animals, then this idea is for you. The Nairobi Safari walk is located at the KWS Headquarters in Lang’ata. The park is characterised by a raised boardwalk that gives you perfect views of the animals down below. The 2-hour trail will give you an opportunity to connect as you talk, laugh and learn about animals. After the walk, treat yourselves to a meal at the on site 3-star ranger restaurant. Don’t forget to carry your camera with you.

Entry fee for East African residents is Ksh. 300


Nairobi Safari Walk Wooden Trail

4. Boat Riding at Uhuru Park

Bring out the child in your partner by taking them to Uhuru Park. The park, situated adjacent to the city centre, has many fun activities that you can take part in this valentines. We recommend that you start on an educative note by learning about the Freedom Monument. Thereafter, tune the date up a notch higher by boat riding in the park’s artificial lake. The adjacent Central Park also has an amusement park where you can go on banana rides, merry go rounds and slides. Make sure to take as many photos from the numerous camera persons at the park. This is one of the valentines day ideas that guarantees you of a starry eyed date by the end of the day.


Uhuru Park

5. Catch a play at the Kenya National Theatre

Located directly opposite the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, the Kenya National theatre has for years been used for performing arts. Catch a local play or a play based on one of your favorite books and laugh away. The play will also give you and your partner an opportunity to dive into a fictional world for a few hours.

In the spirit of love, share with us any Valentine’s day ideas that you have tried before and are budget friendly.

Credits: Mutanu Kyanya


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