Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, is a bustling, jostling, lively, energetic and sometimes deeply frustrating place to spend time. It is one of the youngest cities in East Africa, gaining prominence in Kenya only after the advent of the railway. Today, flights to Nairobi are packed with tourists keen to head off on safari and explore the nature of Kenya’s plains, but few choose to stay long in the city. This is a great shame, for Nairobi, though unarguably dangerous, has much to offer tourists.
Nairobi is a commercial city, and a visit to see life taking place in the business district is a must. The city’s buildings seem very Westernised, with skyscrapers and a range of corporate names emblazoned on restaurants and cafés. But the life that takes place in these surroundings is anything but. Spend some time shopping for souvenirs and you’ll soon encounter a typical African culture.
There are few major tourist sites, but those booking Nairobi flights are usually keen to see the Nairobi National Park and to take a stroll down Kenyatta Avenue. For those on their way to safari lodges, the Sheldrick Animal Orphanage is a popular spot, with orphaned baby elephants often in its care.
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