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Kenya

Nairobi

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Nicknamed the safari capital of the world, the lively city of Nairobi is much more than a jumping off point for safari camps and Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is a modern and multi-ethnic metropolis and home to more than four million people.

Once an uninhabited swamp area, it became a supply depot for the Uganda Railway in 1899. The city earned it name after a waterhole, since the word Nairobi means cool waters in Maasai. Quickly gaining in importance, the city became the capital of the British East Africa Protectorate in 1905. Its main draw back then is the same draw today: tourism. Except in the early 1900s, the grand hotels built by the British housed big game hunters. The city’s rapid expansion caused tension as the Maasai and Kikuyu People wanted their land back. Finally, Nairobi became the capital of the new republic when Kenya gained its independence in 1963.

Now it’s a cosmopolitan and culturally vibrant city and boasts many theaters, concerts, and fine dining as well as plenty of clubs, casinos, coffee shops and malls to keep the global traveler entertained. Just outside the city is Nairobi National Park home to large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, lion, cheetah, hippo, rhino, and over 400 species of birdlife. Visitors can go on the Nairobi Safari Walk, an educational center to make people aware of wildlife and habitat conservation. The Nairobi National Museum is the largest in the city with a large collection of artefacts documenting Kenya’s history as well as being the home of homo erectus popularly known as the Turkana boy.

Uhuru Gardens is a national monument and the largest memorial park in Kenya. It is also where the first Kenyan flag was raised at independence. An icon of the city skyline, the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) is a 28-story building that house a lot of important government offices.

Nairobi enjoys a large tourist industry, being both a tourist destination and a transport hub. A trip to visit the Karen Blixen Museum, the Kenyan home of the baroness and Danish author of Out of Africa is about six miles outside of the city and was the setting for her novel. The Giraffe Center in Langata is a sanctuary for the local Rothschild giraffes, visitors can feed the giraffes from a raised observation platform. For those more into adorable pachyderms, Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage lets people adopt a baby elephant. A trip to Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass is where craftsmen blow glass in the dome-shaped foundry building. Also, trip to local markets and museums in Nairobi can be arranged with the hotel.

A diverse and exciting nightlife can be found in the capital city. A large collection of gourmet restaurants offers everything from local to international and blends in between. The Carnivore and The Tamarind Restaurants are very popular and have outlets in fashionable Langata, City Center, and the Village Market. Nairobi is a place to stay, play, eat, drink, and enjoy the rich history of a young city.

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Kenya

Nairobi

PLAN MY TRIP

Nicknamed the safari capital of the world, the lively city of Nairobi is much more than a jumping off point for safari camps and Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is a modern and multi-ethnic metropolis and home to more than four million people.

Once an uninhabited swamp area, it became a supply depot for the Uganda Railway in 1899. The city earned it name after a waterhole, since the word Nairobi means cool waters in Maasai. Quickly gaining in importance, the city became the capital of the British East Africa Protectorate in 1905. Its main draw back then is the same draw today: tourism. Except in the early 1900s, the grand hotels built by the British housed big game hunters. The city’s rapid expansion caused tension as the Maasai and Kikuyu People wanted their land back. Finally, Nairobi became the capital of the new republic when Kenya gained its independence in 1963.

Now it’s a cosmopolitan and culturally vibrant city and boasts many theaters, concerts, and fine dining as well as plenty of clubs, casinos, coffee shops and malls to keep the global traveler entertained. Just outside the city is Nairobi National Park home to large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, lion, cheetah, hippo, rhino, and over 400 species of birdlife. Visitors can go on the Nairobi Safari Walk, an educational center to make people aware of wildlife and habitat conservation. The Nairobi National Museum is the largest in the city with a large collection of artefacts documenting Kenya’s history as well as being the home of homo erectus popularly known as the Turkana boy.

Uhuru Gardens is a national monument and the largest memorial park in Kenya. It is also where the first Kenyan flag was raised at independence. An icon of the city skyline, the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) is a 28-story building that house a lot of important government offices.

Nairobi enjoys a large tourist industry, being both a tourist destination and a transport hub. A trip to visit the Karen Blixen Museum, the Kenyan home of the baroness and Danish author of Out of Africa is about six miles outside of the city and was the setting for her novel. The Giraffe Center in Langata is a sanctuary for the local Rothschild giraffes, visitors can feed the giraffes from a raised observation platform. For those more into adorable pachyderms, Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage lets people adopt a baby elephant. A trip to Anselm Kitengela Hot Glass is where craftsmen blow glass in the dome-shaped foundry building. Also, trip to local markets and museums in Nairobi can be arranged with the hotel.

A diverse and exciting nightlife can be found in the capital city. A large collection of gourmet restaurants offers everything from local to international and blends in between. The Carnivore and The Tamarind Restaurants are very popular and have outlets in fashionable Langata, City Center, and the Village Market. Nairobi is a place to stay, play, eat, drink, and enjoy the rich history of a young city.

Safari Camps
Points of Interest
Hotels & Resorts
Journeys