Within a relatively short period of time, what was once swampland was reborn into the metropolis of Nairobi, the thriving capital city of Kenya. The transformation began when the railroad arrived in 1899, and a rudimentary camp and source depot was established at the location known to the Maasai as “Ewaso Naiberi,” or “abode of cool water.”
It was then nicknamed as “Mile 327”, quickly becoming a small village that continued to grow into a rustic town before becoming the capital of British East Africa in 1907, drawing in thousands of adventurers, hunters and travelers from around the world. Visiting the pioneer safari capital during your AfricanMecca dream vacation in Kenya takes you into one of the largest and most diverse cities on the continent, and gives you personal experience with what has become known as “Nairobi character”.
This distinct African metropolitan offers many local attractions where you can learn about the history of the city and the cultures that make Kenya a unique destination for any type of traveler, as well as partake of international restaurants, shop, markets in a vibrant afro-urban scene.
The promise of Nairobi is thriving, just as it has been for over 100 years, attracting visitors from diverse countries, who seek new wildlife viewing opportunities amidst the great Kenyan plains. The growth of the urbanness, though, has not created a staunch separation from the wilderness, as the African bush is present at the southern edge of the city in Nairobi National Park where prey animals, such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe buffalo and other herbivores graze with a watchful eye for stealthy predators, such as cheetah, lion, hyena, leopard and many more.
You will simply be amazed at the proximity of the wilds of the plains, cliffs and forest that are 5 miles from the bustling activity of the city center. Trip out a little further to Thika, and you will find the gorgeous 88-foot waterfall known as “Fourteen Falls”.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NAIROBI
Hemingways, House of Waine & Giraffe Manor offer boutique, suburban experiences while deluxe hotels like Norfolk and Serena serve as city lodgings. Palacina allows you to stay away from the urban bustle.
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TOUR NAIROBI ATTRACTIONS
Filled with attractions to suit every preference, whether you prefer museum visits, art galleries, feeding giraffes to supporting orphan elephants to cultural and historical venues, Nairobi has it all.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NAIROBI
Because Nairobi is at an elevation, year-round temperatures tend to be quite mild. The best time to plan your tour activities is during the dry months of July to October and also January and February.
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NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
Covering miles of grasslands, forests, rocky valleys, forests and wetlands is Nairobi National Park, Kenya's oldest national park and the only one in the world that is situated amidst a capital city.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR NAIROBI IN CENTRAL KENYA
When visiting Nairobi, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Nairobi attractions and tour activities including Nairobi National Park before heading out on your Kenya safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes.
You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a twin-beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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