Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to “the place of cool waters”. Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. With an estimated population of 4 million, Nairobi occupies 684 square kilometers and is currently the 13th largest city in Africa. Now one of the most prominent cities in Africa both politically and financially, Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture and is home to many companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa.
Nairobi has a safari park on its doorstep.
One of a kind in the world, Nairobi city is bordered by the Nairobi National park which contains many animals including lions and giraffes and is home to over 400 species of birds. The Nairobi safari walk is a major attraction to the park as it offers a rare on-foot experience of the animals.
Nairobi is home to a lot of cuisines, the restaurants offer a selection of world class African, Mediterranean, European Oriental and cuisines. Nyama choma is an exciting eating experience and an integral part of Kenyan culture, best eaten outdoors.