Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, replacing Machakos as the capital in 1907.
Its name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which means “cool water”, talking about Nairobi River.
Founded in 1899 by colonial authorities in British East Africa, as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway, Nairobi is known as the “Green City in the Sun”.
During colonial period, the city became a centre for the colony’s coffee, tea and sisal industry. The city lies on the Athi River and has an elevation of 1.795 mt. above sea level.
Nairobi is the second-largest city by population in the African Great Lakes region after Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a population of more than 3 million.
The international airport is the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Nairobi is a big city but the attractions are not missing, and if you have a full day available we suggest you go to visit the following places:
– The Karen Blixen Museum, the former home / farm of Karen Blixen, danish author of the famous Best Seller “Out of Africa”, located at the foot of the famous Ngong hills.
– The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, founded by Daphne Sheldrick and important center for the protection and preservation of endangered species.
You can adopt a small orphaned elephant or rhino. You will be given exclusive access to the center as adoptive parents, who can interact with the animal during his daily routines and assist while the young ones take milk from big bottles offered by baby sitters.
An amazing emotion you will never forget!
– The Giraffe Centre is the only center for preservation and reproduction of Rothschild giraffes, endangered species. Rothschild giraffe is the only species with five horns and if you step on the wood platform at the centre, you can even feed them from the palm of your hand and watch these amazing animals in the eye.