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Founded in the 1890’s Nairobi was a railroad camp for the British on the Uganda to Mombasa railroad. Between 1899 and 1905 it was a British provincial capital and subsequently was the capital of the Kenya Colony This was an area where the Masai tribe were found who were instrumental in the name as Nairobi in Maasai means cool water. To adjust to a present day population of over 3 million people the city has spread in all directions with glass fronted skyscrapers being flanked by the lower level of colonial style housing, and with apartment blocks and tin shacks all making their claim on the land.

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and is the centre for cultural, administrative and economic government. This capital is one of fastest growing and largest in Africa. Industry produces textiles, processed food, building materials, clothing and equipment for transport and communications. It has its own University, the Kenya Polytechnic and Music Conservatoire.

Nairobi is found between the cities of Mombasa and Kampala and is by the Rift Valley. Mount Kenya is to the north and Mount Kilmanjaro to the south west and being beside the Rift Valley occasionally there are minor tremors and earthquakes. The climate is moderate and the sunny and warm time of year is from December to March, but the evenings can be chilly. Rainfall is average but Nairobi does have 2 rainy seasons. The number of cultures is highlighted by the churches, temples, mosques and gurdwaras, this is a cosmopolitan metropolis and is often referred to a the City in the sun.

Nairobi Airport

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is generally used to visit Nairobi. In this region it is the largest airport with 4 million passengers on average a year. There is a bus service to the city although most hotels will provide transport for their guests. The facilities are quite limited but adequate, with a bank, telephones and fax, bureau de change, places to eat, medical station, duty free shops, tourist information and a post office. For any special requirements the airline should be contacted prior to arrival

West of Nairobi is Wilson Airport which caters for small aircraft which normally fly within Kenyan airspace.

Must See in Nairobi

Nairobi National Park is a wildlife reserve not far from the city and black rhinos are the park’s special attractions.

The author of "Out of Africa", Karen Blixen, has a museum in Nairobi dedicated to her life in Africa in her farmhouse.

The Giraffe Centre includes a forest hike with opportunities to meet tame giraffes.

Dates for Your Diary

December – Crafts of Africa ranging from wood carvings to blown glass and leatherwork

July – The Safari Car Rally from the city out to the Rift Valley has a reputation for being the “car breaker”