Facts and information about Nairobi

Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, is the most dynamic city, also known as the "green city in the sun" for many reasons. It is Kenya's largest city with a population of nearly four million.

Nairobi is a city full of contrasts. It's old enough so you can feel its past and multi-ethnic enough so you can experience Kenyan culture, yet it's modern enough to get Internet access. It's a city that blends people from all cultures and walks of life. Adorned with modern skyscrapers, world class restaurants, fully equipped hospitals, modern shopping malls, schools, abundant private and public transportation, and universities and colleges that provide local and international curriculum - you will find it all in Nairobi.

The city is also home to numerous local and international businesses and organizations. Nairobi bustles with activity. It's a city that never sleeps; the rhythm is fast, day and night. There's always something to do and see in Nairobi and its people are friendly and hospitable.

Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya!

History | How to Get there | Attractions | Culture & Lifestyle | Business | Shopping | Dining | Nightlife | Accommodation | Getting Around

Although it has many positive features, like any other large city, Nairobi has its fair share of problems and faces enormous challenges that range from congested roads and streets to crime and poverty in the neighboring slums of Kibera and Mathare.

Nairobi History

Nairobi began in the late 1890s as a railway camp, where the British rested as they built the "lunatic express" - the Mombasa to Uganda railway line. It was originally named "Ewaso Nai´beri", but the British had difficulty pronouncing this and, instead, coined their own name "Nairobi". Because of its central location in Kenya, Nairobi later became the British provincial capital and, finally, the capital city of Kenya. Read more>>>>>

How to get there

If you are flying to Kenya, Nairobi is the perfect starting point for traveling to the various areas of the country. It's centrally located, with an international airport and converging road network connecting it to most parts of Kenya. International airlines fly to Nairobi from Europe, the United States, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and other places. Nairobi is also the main airline hub to most other African countries and destinations. The main railway line also passes through Nairobi, and there are plenty of private and public transportation options for traveling between Nairobi and other Kenyan cities. Read more>>>>>

Sights, Sounds, Attractions in Nairobi

Nairobi, being the capital of Kenya, is a central attraction for Kenyan tourism and local and international activities and events. Before you think of visiting any other part of the country, check out Nairobi's wide variety of interesting attractions and sights. Read more>>>>>

Culture and Lifestyle of Nairobi

Everyday Nairobi life is a bustle of activity as people go about their business. Nairobians juggle work, and personal and family obligations, while still finding time to enjoy their social favorites and contribute to the community. For locals, a typical weekend in Nairobi is very busy, from business/networking functions, sporting events and recreational activities to family weddings, barbecues and church events. Nairobi never slows down. Read more>>>>>

Doing Business in Nairobi

As the largest center of business and trade in East Africa, Nairobi is also the regional location of and headquarters for various international companies and organizations. The central business district also houses many of Kenya's big businesses and banks, including the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Being the center of government and its organizations, Nairobi is the city where most business is transacted. Read more>>>>>

Nairobi Shopping

Shopping in Nairobi is fun, easy, convenient and safe. With plenty of modern shopping malls, grocery stores, open-air markets, convenience stores and supermarkets located throughout the city, you will find enough choices to fit your budget and taste Read more>>>>>

Nairobi Dining

Great places to dine in Nairobi range from fast food restaurants to restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Kenyan cuisine. Across the city and into the suburbs, there are plenty of regular and fine dining venues. Enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Indian, American, French, European flair and more. Read more>>>>>

Nairobi Nightlife

Nairobi nightlife bustles with activity. You can enjoy a night out at one of the many Nairobi clubs, do karaoke, watch a movie or have dinner in a fine restaurant. At night, Nairobi offers abundant entertainment options catering to different interests. Read more>>>>>

Accommodation in Nairobi

From one to five star Nairobi hotels and lodges, budget accommodations, guesthouses, self-catering, lifestyle or apartment living, Nairobi offers a variety of accommodation options to suit every budget, taste and lifestyle. Read more>>>>>

Getting Around Nairobi

Nairobi is well served by a public transportation system comprised of buses, matatus, minibuses and taxicabs. You may also decide to use a car rental to get around. Read more>>>>>

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