Nairobi Kenya, the capital city, and principal economic, and cultural center of East Africa, and is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Africa. When you think about Nairobi Kenya, forget all you know about Africa and the Jungle and think about Modern; Nairobi is a city that blends people from all cultures and walks of life. Adorned with modern architecture, world-class restaurants, hospitals, modern shopping malls, abundant private and public transportation, and universities and colleges that provide local and international curriculum – Its home to the prestigious Nairobi University, and Nairobi national park.
Nairobi is a modern city center, with beautiful suburbs, as well as Africa’s largest slum. The city is built on a plateau and it stays pleasantly cool year round. Both English and (ki)Swahili are the official and national languages, but due to the many numbers of foreigners in the city other national languages are widely spoken.
Nairobi Kenya is one of the major travel hubs in Africa and most people stay for a night or two in transit. Getting around the city is easy by taxi, matatu (computer taxi), Buses or motorcycle taxi also referred to as Tuk-tuk; and for those with an interest for a wild and ancient feel, you can get a ride on bicycle taxi, commonly known in the city as border-border.
History of Nairobi, Kenya
The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nyirobi”, which translates to “the place of cool waters”. Before transforming into the cosmopolitan and multicultural city it is today, Nairobi was initially a swamp area with nothing much to talk about. During the early years when the British began their colonial rule, in Kenya they established a camp for the construction of the Uganda Railway in 1899, the site of Nairobi was selected as a stores depot, shunting yard (place where trains are shifted from one track to another), and camping ground for the thousands of Indian laborers (also British colonials, who came to Kenya seeking work) employed by the British to work on the line. and this marked the beginning of the now infamous Nairobi city which proceeded to become Kenya’s capital city in 1963, and consequently the safari capital of the world. Currently, Nairobi is popularly known as the “Green City in the Sun”.