Nairobi trip: what to visit in the capital city of Kenya

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For your Kenyan safari Nairobi is the best place to start.

Guide Nairobi

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi is located 1662 meters above sea level, on a plateau of East Africa. The city is close to the equator, has a climate mitigated by the altitude, characterized by little difference between one season and another.

To take part in safari to the national parks of the country, the best times are between January and March, and July and October, in the dry season. Nairobi is a valid basis of departure and arrival for these excursions, the Nairobi National Park, located just 7 km from the city center, is the nearest nature reserve.

Until the late nineteenth century the land on which stands the city was a lagoon uninhabited, then with the construction of the railway in East Africa between Mombasa and Kampala, there was established a station that gave rise to the first core of the town, which became the capital of British East Africa in 1907, despite the fires and epidemics that had to face in the early years of its foundation.

After independence from the British government, in 1963, the rapid growth of the population began to hard proof urban infrastructure, were born in the slums, where most of population live, and most of the colonial-era buildings were replaced with common manufactured in cement used for offices.

Places to visit in Nairobi

Today Nairobi has two faces, one of the wealthy residential neighborhoods where there are villas surrounded by parks with swimming pools and tennis courts, and one of mud huts, without running water, electricity and sewage.

Despite this, Nairobi is the most important African cities in terms economic, political and cultural, and is the largest city in East Africa. Its territory is occupied by urban parks, gardens and many green areas, there are many higher and hotels.

The flow of tourists in Nairobi is collective consisting mainly by groups of travelers that establish here the stage start or end of their safari in Kenya. The city still has some attractions not to be missed, such as the Nairobi National Park of rare beauty, situated on the outskirts, where you can observe the typical animals of the African savannah, including hundreds of birds, giraffes, rhinos and lions.

But beyond that the city of Nairobi has many green areas located within the urban area. The National Museum of Kenya, is the largest of Kenya. It retains the artifacts related to a human called Homo erectus, as well as collections on culture and natural history of the country. Beyond this museum there are other museums quite important, as the Nairobi Railway Museum and the Karen Blixen Museum.

Sights include the monument to Jomo Kenyatta, art galleries Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Art, Mzizi Arts Centre and the Kenya National Theatre.