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Nairobi is considered to be the largest and baddest city in Kenya, or so we hear. Many governments have issued travel advisories advising their citizens to exercise extreme caution while visiting Nairobi, but that doesn’t stop travellers from all over the world to explore the city and get entertained. The secret behind a perfect Nairobi trip is to get in and get out in the shortest time possible and sidestep the dangerous areas of the city. As a modern day city, Nairobi has plenty to offer to its visitors. It is one of those very few places in Kenya that offers cuisines from all over the world and is known to have an excellent cafe culture and nightlife as well.

Nairobi has always been known to be one of the major commercial hubs of East Africa and is a significant capital city in its own right. It boasts of a population of more than 3 million people and also attracts a number of tourists from all over the world. As travellers, the first impressions are likely to depend on the landing experience and the airport chosen. However, irrespective of how good or bad your initial experience might have been, give Nairobi some time and it is bound to grow onto you. And if you are a nature lover or an animal lover, there can be no better place than Nairobi in the world.

Live music, the busiest clubs and best bands of East Africa, a cultural heart, a buzzing atmosphere, excellent shopping and a variety of attractions are just some of the things that Nairobi has to offer. Some of the most famous attractions in the city include the Nairobi National Park, The Maasai Market, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Uhuru Park, Giraffe Centre and African Heritage House. Just ensure that you save yourself and your possessions against theft and robbery while in the city.

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1. Nairobi National Park and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
What is it? Nairobi National Park was established in 1945 and is Kenya's first national park. Uniquely situated on the capital's doorstep it is a well-kept, compact and beautiful area of plains and wild bush containing a large number of Africa's best-known animals. Large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and giraffe roam the plains and black rhino, ostrich, baboons, cheetah and lions are some of the other photogenic inhabitants. In the park is the Animal Orphanage where sick, wounded and abandoned animals are cared for and rehabilitated into the park, as well as an Educational Centre featuring a Safari Walk. Close by is the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where infant elephant and rhino (orphaned because of poaching activities) are cared for and eventually returned to the wild in Tsavo National Park. The centre is open every morning and visitors can watch the calves bathing in the mud hole and being bottle fed by their human surrogate mothers. Hours of Operation: Phone:602 121



2. Amboseli National Park
What is it? Amboseli is a park of giants, renowned for its herds of mighty tusked elephants presided over by the magnificent backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. One of Africa's most unforgettable images is the picture of these large creatures standing in silent tribute before the gigantic snow-covered mountain just over the border in neighbouring Tanzania. It is a relatively small park with wide plains merging with the distant skyline, affording good visibility in all directions. Observation Hill rises from the centre for breathtaking views over the park and towards Mt Kilimanjaro, especially in the pink light of dawn. Meaning 'Place of Water' in the Masai language, it has a continuous supply from Kilimanjaro's snowmelt, forming underground springs that feed the marshy patches and swamps home to hippos and a great variety of bird life. Predators are relatively scarce apart from jackal and hyena, but there are large numbers of grazers such as wildebeest, zebra and gazelles on the grassy plains and giraffe among the thorn trees. A popular way to take in the scenery is by way of a noiseless microlight flight, either from Nairobi or the Amboseli airstrip. There is a wide range of accommodation in and around the outskirts of the park for those wanting to extend the experience. Hours of Operation: Daily from 6am to 6.30pm Phone:456 222 51



3. Mount Kenya National Park
What is it? This national park encompasses Africa's second highest mountain, Mt Kenya, an extinct volcano with a series of jagged snow-covered peaks. The local Kikuyu people revere the mountain they call Kirinvaga or 'Place of Light' as the home of their Supreme Being, Ngai, and traditionally Kikuyu homes are built to face the sacred summit. Part of the mountain's attraction is the incredible variation in flora and fauna due to the changes in altitude and its position on the equator. The slopes are covered in thick forest, home to a variety of animals including the black leopard. Bamboo, moorland and alpine vegetation give way to rock, ice and one of the world's rarest sights - equatorial snow. The summit is a technical climb, but Point Lenana is a popular trekkers' objective, the third highest peak that can be reached by a number of different scenic routes, lasting from three to five days. For those not wishing to climb the mountain the park offers a pristine wilderness, lakes and glaciers and is good for game viewing and hiking. Hours of Operation: Phone:061 556 45



Nairobi holidays - Top Events


1. KCB Safari Rally

From 2007-03-09

To 2007-03-11

What is it? The eyes of motorsports enthusiasts around the world focus on Nairobi for two days each year when the world's greatest rally drivers roar out of the city to take on the dusty, hot Rift Valley in a trial that has become known as the 'car breaker' of the rally season. The Safari Rally is the eighth event on the annual World Rally Championship calendar. Enthusiastic crowds in the streets of the city celebrate the beginning and end of the rally. For more information contact the Kenya Tourist Board on (0)2 724 042/4 or Where is it? Safari Park Hotel, Thika Road Nairobi



2. Crafts of Africa

From 2006-11-22

To 2006-11-26

What is it? African artistic treasures are exhibited in the Crafts of Africa show in Nairobi each Christmas season, attracting about 20,000 visitors during the week. A huge range of arts and crafts are on display and for sale, from wood carvings and leather work to blown glass, gourds and tie-dyed clothing. Where is it? Sarit Centre




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