Apart from being Kenya’s capital and the main centre of government and commerce, Nairobi is the most significant city in East Africa and an important player on the pan-African stage. It is the diplomatic base for many counties in Africa, with its broad spectrum of international embassies and headquarters for the United Nations, multi-national companies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and press correspondents. It’s also the centre of the growing safari business of East Africa.
Nairobi steadily grew from a swampy worker’s camp during the construction of the Kampala-Mombasa railway at the end of the 19th century. Back then it was called Ewaso Nai\'beri, a Masai word meaning \'a place of cold water\', a reference to the Nairobi River. The fertile farmland around Nairobi attracted some 80 000 British settlers between the 1920s and 1950s, including Karen Blixen of ‘Out of Africa’ fame. Her house is now a museum on the outskirts of the city. Nairobi’s famous Norfolk Hotel opened in 1904, and was once the social meeting place for this privileged community. Today you can still enjoy a gin and tonic in the colonial bar. Today it’s a modern commercial centre and the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg.
The city’s best attraction is the National Museum, home to most of the great prehistoric finds made by the Leakey family in East Africa, from Ethiopia to the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. It also has sections on wildlife, art, geology, local history and a snake park.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Nairobi, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Africa