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Nairobi, Kenya


Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, East Africa

Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, East Africa

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Basic Facts about Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and East Africa's most populous city (3.5 million). Nairobi was founded in 1899 as a railway stop en route to Mombasa. Within a decade it grew to become the capital of British East Africa and became Kenya's capital after independence in 1963. Nairobi is a major business hub and many Aid agencies headquarter here as well. Nairobi has a modern city center, some 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 widely spoken. See Top 10 Nairobi Attractions...

Claim to Fame

Nairobi's crime rate is quite high and the US Government warns travelers to visit with care. On a lighter note, Nairobi is unique in having a very good wildlife park situated just 5 miles from the city center.

Travel to Nairobi

Nairobi is a major travel hub and most people stay for a night or two in transit. Getting around the city is easy by taxi, matatu or tuk-tuk.

Nairobi has many interesting sights including:

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Where to Stay in Nairobi

Sources and More Info

  1. About.com
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  3. Africa Travel
  4. Kenya
  5. Nairobi Guide
  6. Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, East Africa

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