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, the city proper had a population of 3,138,369 in the 2009 census, while the metropolitan area has a population of 6,547,547, the city is popularly referred to as the Green City in the Sun.
In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras and lions.
Next to it is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is also often used as a jumping-off point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya.
In the city center, towers like the cylindrical KICC, home to the convention center, rise near attractions like the Nairobi National Museum, devoted to Kenyan art, artifacts, wildlife and early hominids. In upscale suburban Langata, the Giraffe Centre sanctuary features a hand-feeding platform.
Nairobi has many parks and open spaces throughout the city. Much of the city has dense tree-cover and plenty of green spaces. The most famous park in Nairobi is Uhuru Park.
The park borders the central business district and the neighbourhood Upper Hill. Uhuru (Freedom in Swahili) Park is a centre for outdoor speeches, services, and rallies.
The park was to be built over by former President Daniel arap Moi, who wanted the 62-storey headquarters of his party, the Kenya African National Union, situated in the park. However, the park was saved following a campaign by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.
The Karen Blixen Museum, in the “Out of Africa” author’s preserved colonial home, stands on the former farm that’s now an affluent suburb called Karen.
The Bomas of Kenya cultural center, with huts representing Kenya’s major ethnic groups, offers a look at traditional tribal life. Tribal arts and crafts are sold at the roving Maasai Market.
Nairobi has a warm, temperate climate year-round. Weather is dry during peak travel season (Jul–Sep), and there is a large migration of wildebeests and zebras into the Masai Mara Jul–Oct.
Some hotels may close during the main rainy season (Apr–May), and there is also a shorter rainy season in Nov.
Migratory birds may be present Sep–Apr. Popular events are the East African Arts Festival (Mar), with displays of art and architecture; the Kenya Open Golf Championship (Apr); and the Rhino Charge 4×4 vehicle race (May/Jun).
Travelers from your area typically stay up to a week.