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Nairobi Travel Guide

Nairobi Travel Guide

Nairobi is a young city, founded in 1899, Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, it is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and of the Nairobi District. The name Nairobi comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyorobi meaning "the place of cool waters". Nairobi is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun" or "City of Flowers".

The city is the financial and business center of East Africa, is an often frantic mix of businessmen, diplomats, tourists and locals. Nairobi hosts important international conferences and is the home for many embassies, businesses and international organizations, some of them are General Electric, Google, Coca-Cola, Good Year, General Motors, Toyota and others.

Situated at an elevation of about 1660 meters and with over three million inhabitants and growing speedily, Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa; Nairobi is the fourth largest city in Africa and the UN's fourth "World Center".

The city's population is cosmopolitan, the city is a mix of local ethnic tribes, Asians, Arabs and Europeans cultures, and most Nairobians speak more than one language. The main languages spoken are Swahili and English.

Even though Nairobi has modern technology facilities, the city has not lost its sense of past. Nairobi has become one of Africa's most interesting cities. The city is constantly alive, especially at night, Nairobi never seems to sleep. Visitors can find a wide array of excellent theatres, interesting museums, exclusive restaurants, pubs, clubs, discos, casinos, shops and markets. There is plenty on offer for the tourist.

Some of the interesting places in Nairobi are Kenyatta Avenue; Nairobi National Park, where visitors can see lions, giraffes, impalas, and more wild animals living wild within 20 minutes of the centre of town; Karen Blixen Museum, the former home of Karen Blixen (author of Out of Africa); Bomas of Kenya, a terrific cultural center; Giraffe Center, where the Rothschild giraffe was saved from extinction; the spectacular 27 meter deep 'Fourteen Falls' waterfalls at Thika; Kenya Railway Museum, where tourist can appreciate the history of the city's birth; Safari Park; City Market; National Museum; the Arboretum; Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park; Snake Park; Uhuru Park and others.

Nairobi is home to prestigious universities. University of Nairobi is the oldest University in Kenya. It was established in 1956. Other important universities in Nairobi are Kenyatta University, Strathmore University, United States International University - Nairobi (a branch of the United States International University), Daystar University and Africa Nazarene University. Nairobi is the safari capital of Africa; from here excursions and safaris can be arranged to any reserve or national park in the country.


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