KENYA TRAVEL GUIDE - NAIROBI
Green City in the Sun
Nairobi, (taken from the Maasai Nyrobi meaning place of cool waters) is aptly known as the ‘Safari Capital of the World'.
A bustling and vibrant city, Nairobi is one of Africa's major cities: the UN's fourth ‘World Centre', East Africa's commercial and aid hub, and a significant capital in its own right. Easily the largest city in East Africa, Nairobi is also the youngest, the most modern, the highest (at 1700 m) and the fastest growing.
With a population of approximately 2 million people, Nairobi came into being in May 1899 as an artificial settlement created by the European builders of the East African railway at Mile 327.
Apart from being the safari capital of the world, Nairobi is an excellent base for travel, being just nine hours by road from the Indian Ocean Coast. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is 15 km southeast of the city; the train station is in the city centre and the city is served by a wide range of taxis and public transport.