Well if you love Nairobi read these beautiful lines“I have loved no part of the world like this and I have loved no women as I love you. You’re my human Africa. I love your smell as I love these smells. I love your dark bush as I love the bush here, you change with the light as this place does, so that one all the time is loving something different and yet the same. I want to spill myself out into you as I want to die here.”
Graham Greene, (The End of the Affair).
Ok so this dude seems to be on some kind of drug, yeah I’m sure. He is probably high. Well the best speakers and writers mostly are. Anyway so the way he describes Africa, does actually hit the mark. Come on, we all can openly admit it that the only reason we know about Africa is because of singers like BEYONCE! I’m just messing with you, although it is true. Well, we all grew up learning and talking about the different animals and the wild life safaris in Africa.
Hakuna Matata (It means no worries for all the rest of your days)? Remember lion king? The Disney animators did an amazing job showcasing the savannah and the African wildlife. The wild animals are actually a thriving tourism attraction and Africa earns a lot of their revenue by it.
Kenya is the African country that is the most popular when it comes to wild life safari and its capital Nairobi is the epitome of tourism.
Nairobi is actually a rather energetic, modern city that serves as an incredible introduction to both nightlife and wildlife. It is Kenya’s beating heart, a maddening, exciting concrete jungle that blissfully counterpoints the untouched natural beauty that cannot be found in any other part of Kenya.
The name Nairobi is actually derived from Maasai known as Enkare Nyirobi, which is the name of a watering hole and means cool waters. Nairoba in its former days was actually a swamp thus the name cool waters and then became a railway camp for the Uganda Railway. The city soon became the capital but was unfortunately burned down due to the plague (African people have seen it all, no wonder they are so tough). The city was rebuilt and because of its railway, the city prospered drastically. It then grew into becoming the second largest city in Kenya after Mombasa. I don’t know about you but African cities and countries sure have cool names.
Nairobi is the hub for parties. Music clubs pulse with life, the Mélange of hotels and restaurants will surely tempt your palate and the shops and markets are bustling with people especially tourists. There are a billion places to go and have fun in Nairobi. They city does not let you get bored for a second. You just have to know the right people and the right places. And I think I may be of some help in that department. You can thank me later.
Just on the outskirts of Nairobi you can go to this amazing National Park known as the Nairobi National Park. It is home to huge herds of Wildebeest, Buffalo, Zebras, Lions, Cheetah, Rhinos, Hippos, Giraffes and over four hundred species of wildlife. This place would actually be any animal buffs heaven. It’s like all of African wildlife in one park. The place provides you with the leisure of taking the Nairobi Safari walk, which is an educational center that makes people aware of the habitat and wildlife conservation. Conservation is rather vital for the animals as Nairobi used to be a hunting zone. Poachers killed most of the wildlife and thankfully now it is against the law to hunt wild animals there. The park is also the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. Guess there are still god people left in this world.
I tell you, we humans are the biggest enemies this planet has. If it was up to us we would set the whole damn earth to fire and then dance around on Bruno Mars’s latest hit .Anything for money?
Mamba Village is another tourist attraction in Nairobi. It is home to crocodiles and ostriches. The best part is that you can actually directly interact with the crocodiles (YIKES! , not for the faint of hearts ) and hold a baby. The employees there guide you and help you out every step of the way. A place you should definitely take your ex and then push them (too soon?).
Nairobi is such a wonderful city it actually has Elephant orphanage (yeeee baby elephants!!!!). It is known as the Sheldrike Elephant Orphanage. Many rhinos and elephant calves were left without parents because of intense poaching activities in Kenya. You can interact directly with the baby elephants. Where did I put my passport, this is one hell of a place?
If you are into water sports, guess you came to the right city. The Tana River which is an hour’s drive from the city is an incredible to test out your rafting talents. The river actually leads to fourteen different falls and is a hoot for anyone with a thirst for danger and adventure. And you could end your stay with a delicious full BBQ lunch.
The Nairobi National Museum is a place you should definitely visit. It is an educational tour where you can learn about the culture and history of Kenya. In 2010, the museum celebrated its Golden Jubilee (a century, wow). The exhibitions include the history of modern Kenya, various taxidermic wildlife, East African currency and artifacts that were collected from across the country.
Other places that one should not miss are the National Railway Museum, Lake Naivasha, OL Donya Sabuk National Park, US Embassy Memorial Site, Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixen Museum etc.
I guess if you have visited Nairobi then you have seen whatever the whole of Africa has to offer. It is a place that encompasses the richness and purity of Africa in its bosom. Do share your stories if you have been to Nairobi in the comments.
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