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Holidays to Nairobi

Nairobi, the capital of Kenya is a fairly young city, it came into existence in 1899. It was set up as a railway depot when the Mombassa Kisumu railway line was being built.  Being a central point it quickly developed into a full fledged city.  Nairobi is derived from the name  Ewaso Nai’beri (the cold water place) as was called by the Maasai.

Nairobi is located in south-central Kenya is approximately 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of the equator. Nairobi's International Airport is the busiest of all the Kenya airports with an average of six million passengers per year & the seventh most busiest airports of Africa. It is served by many International airlines. Being the capital it has a network or roads & railway connecting it to the rest of the country.

Nairobi is Kenya's largest city and the twelfth largest in Africa with a population of around 2.7 million and more than thrice the population of Mombassa. It is the city that never sleeps.

Nairobi is still called the safari capital of the Africa. The city is quickly developing into a modern world. Nairobi is a city that never seems to sleep. Visitors are cautioned

The city also has lots of interesting things to see and do. The main attractions being:

  • The Nairobi National Museum: It is an interesting place to spend a couple of hours. It is a fascinating place if you are interested in history. The exhibits are very well labelled explaining the history behind everything.

  • The Bomas of Kenya: It is wholly owned and run by the Kenya Tourist Development Cooperation (KTDC). Bomas of Kenya is where people go to see different cultural homes and cultures of Kenya. Currently they have about 47 different cultural dances. You will not get to see different dances  and songs depending on the tribe and culture you see.

  • A day trip to Amboseli National Park: The 40 hectare Amboseli National Park lies in the Loitoktok District, Rift Valley Province in Kenya. It is part of the 8,000 square kilometres ecosystem mainly savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border. This is the best place to observe the free ranging elephants in their natural environment.

  • The Nairobi Snake Park. Close to the Museum is the Nairobi Snake Park. Along with the various species of snakes, it is also home to a variety of additional reptiles found through out Africa.

  • A visit to the Karen Blixen Museum: The museum is situated at the farm that the Danish author of the famed memoir Out of Africa lived on. A tour of the house is an intimate experience — in one corner is a lantern that Blixen hung on her veranda to let her ill-fated lover, English hunter Denys Finch Hatton, know she was home, and his monogrammed books still line the shelves.

  • A meal at the Carnivore Restaurant: No visit to Nairobi is complete without a visit at the Famous carnivore restaurant. On offer is not only traditional meat but game meat as well, including Ostrich, Crocodile, camel and other game meat. The waiters keep serving you till you surrender.

  • The Giraffe Centre. Feeding the giraffes may sound childish but people of all ages have a good time here. On the raised feeding platform you are at eye level with the giraffe. and a different feeling to be able to be close to this amazing animals and learn more about them.

  • A tour of Nairobi National Park. Nairobi National Park was established in 1946. It is literally a stones throw from the edge of the city and is separated by an electric fence. It has all most of the plains animals including gazelles, black rhinos, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, ostriches,  hyena, buffaloes,  wildebeest, elands, hippos, lions, cheetahs, leopards  and more than 500 species of birds. The elephant is the only one of the 'big four' not found here. Visitors can spend the night inside the park.

  • The Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Sanctuary. The only one of the 'big four' not found at the Nairobi National park is found here, the elephant. The mission of this Sanctuary  is saving wild lives today securing habitats for the future. Working with Kenya's wild life service to the African elephant, giving orphaned elephants a second chance.

  • A visit "Kibera"to the world's second biggest slum. A visit to the world's second biggest slum might not sound like a good time, but a visit to Kibera is always educational specially for British people who have hardly ever seen so much poverty, it is an eye opener. It is advisiable to go with a local person so you do not get lost, several agencies run tours of this township.

  • Ride a Matatus. Africa's ubiquitous minibuses are called matatus. The drivers like to pimp their vehicles up with blaring sound systems and giant flat screen TVs on te inside and the outside are painted with the likes of Michael Jackson, Osama Bin Laden, Kung Fu heroes and Barak Obama.  At night you will find neon lights both inside and outside the vehicles. Riding in a matatu is an experience that you won't forget as the driver races his rivals through the city traffic.

  • A visit to the City Market on for a spot of souvenir shopping. It is a good idea to round off your trip to Nairobi spending some time to load up on souvenirs. Head for the many Masai Markets at street corners, in front of malls and all over the city. Other shoping places are Spinners Web, Nakumatt, Kazuri Bead factory and Pottery Center, City Market, Gallery Watatu, BlueMarket, Amani ya Juu, Utamaduni Craft Centre,  and the Zanzibar Curio Shop.