Known as “the Green City in the Sun” and with a surprisingly moderate climate, Nairobi is a runner’s paradise. Just 7 km south of the city, you’ll find yourself in Nairobi National Park. Looking out for rhinos, lions and giraffes, you couldn’t feel further from the bustling city centre. This external park, coupled with the central Uhuru Park, more than justify the Green City’s nickname.

But there’s more to Kenya’s capital than irresistible greenery. Sightrunning out of Uhuru Park, monuments to wars and national heroes tell the story of the country’s past. Your personal guide can show you and teach you about Africa’s largest urban slum, Kibera. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try a running tour in the Ngong Hills, overlooking the Great Rift Valley, and see how you fare against the local elites.

After any of our running tours in Nairobi, you’re going to need to refuel. The national dish, nyama choma, can be found all over the city. However, as it is barbecued goat, it is hardly suitable for vegetarians or vegans. For those following a plant-based diet, ugali with vegetable stew ticks all the boxes – vegan, authentic and a major hit with runners.

Key cultural events on the Nairobi calendar include the Pawa Festival, held in December, in which an entire street is consumed by art in all its forms. The fledgling film festival is a perfect way to spend an evening in late March.

Runners can enjoy the annual Nairobi marathon, half marathon, 10 km and 5 km in October, or put themselves to the test in the Ngongathon. At just 11 km, the Ngongathon might not sound too bad, but the terrain, inclines and weather conditions are enough to make even the most dedicated runners opt for a lie in instead.