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Travel Guide of Nairobi in Kenya by Influencers

Nairobi is the capital and the largest city of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to "cool water", a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city.

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 Nairobi is the capital of Kenya. Nicknamed the African New York, it has a population of nearly 5 million in 2020.

Located in the southwest of the country and perched at an altitude of 1600 meters, this dynamic metropolis has experienced impressive development. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, it was still only a small stopover village during the construction of the Kenya Uganda Railway, which linked Mombasa, a Kenyan city located on the coast, to neighboring Uganda.

In less than a century, the city has become a major economic center on the African continent,

playing a leading role in finance, tourism and university education. With the Jomo-Kenyatta airport located 15km from the city center, Nairobi is a very accessible city, even for foreign visitors.

Although the city itself has few monuments to visit, apart from the beautiful Jamia Mosque, the outskirts are full of wonders to discover. The Nairobi Natural Park, with an area of 120km², was created in 1946 less than 10km from the city. It is home to remarkable wildlife, including wildebeest, black rhino, zebra and hippo. You can also visit the Giraffe Centre to observe and even feed giraffes. For a more cultural outing, visit the Bomas of Kenya, where the homes of a dozen Kenyan tribes are reproduced, or the Masaai Market to buy local handicrafts. For those looking for a breath of fresh air, you can walk through Uhuru Park with its 13 hectares of greenery right next to the business district. Alternatively, drive to the Karura and Sigiria forests just a few kilometers from town, where you'll find numerous hiking trails.

Nairobi became the capital of Kenya relatively recently, as it was named in 1905. It is also the largest city in the country with an area of 150 km².

 Like most capitals in the world, Nairobi is a city with many tourist attractions.

However, it remains, more often than not, a starting point to reach the animal reserves of Kenya.

 The city itself is quite noisy and often suffers from numerous traffic jams. A place in effervescence at every hour of the day. Its altitude allows it to enjoy a pleasant climate all year round. The city is located at an average height of 1,660 meters. It culminates at 1,850 meters at its highest point.

For those who decide to spend a day or two here, there are many places to go. The area around the city offers wildlife attractions, while the city center offers cultural attractions such as the Nairobi National Museum.

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Nairobi : what to do?

  • Stop at Kazuri: a small tour of the factory where a large number of women make these beautiful ceramic beads. For shopping enthusiasts, there is a store at the entrance.

  • For animal lovers, the closest game reserve to Nairobi is the Nairobi National Park, a 20-minute drive from downtown.

  • The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: this is an orphanage where young elephants have been taken in. The curious can go there from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm to pet them and see them being bottle-fed.

  • The Giraffe Centre: this center deals exclusively with giraffes, as its name indicates. Tourists can feed them and stroke their heads!

The legacy of the many colonizations is abundantly felt in the local food. Kenyans use many different spices.

There is of course a wide variety of seafood and many dishes in sauce such as Kuku wakupaka, chicken cooked in coconut milk. 

Kenyans often accompany their dishes with ugali, a kind of crushed corn porridge. Unfortunately, this dish does not have any particular flavor.

There is also very good Indian cuisine. Food lovers will be delighted to try the mandaazis (fritters) or the sambusas. It is quite rare to leave the table still hungry!

Kenyan handicrafts are very varied. There are an incredible number of figurines carved in wood.

They represent all the animals of the savannah. There are also beautiful Masai masks.

  • For painting enthusiasts, Kenyan paintings are very colorful.
  • Most of them depict Maasai villages but also hunting scenes. There is no point in rushing to the first market that comes along, all the stores sell the same thing, with a few rare exceptions
  • . Do not hesitate to haggle over prices, Kenyans love it!

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