What travelers say about Nairobi
Located in an area once frequented by the pastoral Masai, (Nairobi comes from the Masai word, "Enkare Nyrobi" meaning the "place of cool water"), Nairobi was founded in the late 1890s as a British railroad camp on the Mombasa-to-Uganda railroad.
From 1899 to 1905 it served as a British provincial capital. In 1905 the city became the capital of the British East Africa Protectorate and in 1963 the capital ... More of independent Kenya
Today, Nairobi is Kenya's principal economic, administrative, and cultural centre as well as one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the whole of Africa.
The University of Nairobi (1956), Kenya Polytechnic (1961), and Kenya Conservatoire of Music (1944) are here.
From the wildlife to the nightlife, Nairobi is unique: fantastic music scenes, excellent international restaurants and an endless and colourful array of shops and markets, are everywhere.
The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International, at 15 kms out of the city centre.
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