NAIROBI

Kenya’s capital city has risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited Swampland to a thriving modern capital. When railway construction orkers reached this area in 1899, they set up a basic camp and supply´depot, simply called ‘Mile 327’.

The local Masai called this highland swamp Ewaso Nai’beri – the place of cold water. The camp became a rustic village, and then a shanty town, which by 1907 was the capital of all of British East Africa. It was soon an important centre for the colony and a Mecca for adventurers, hunters and travelers from all Over the world.

Modern Nairobi is still the safari capital of the Africa, but the modern world has quickly caught up with the city. A frontier town no more, Nairobi has become one of Africa’s largest, and most interesting cities. Nairobi is a city that never seems to sleep.

The entire town has a boundless energy, and is thriving place where all of human life can be found. This is a place of great contrasts where race, tribe and origin all become facets of a unique Nairobi character.

The city has not lost its sense of the past, with an excellent museum and the historical home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa open to visitors. This is not a modern capital separated from the great wilderness that surrounds it.

Just outside the city is Nairobi National Park, 113 sq kms of plains, cliffs and forest.  The park is home to large herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe and More. Rhino, Cheetah, and a large number of Lions are all found here, living wild within 20 minutes of the centre of town.

Further out of town, the spectacular 27 metre deep  ‘Fourteen Falls’ waterfalls at Thika are perfect for a scenic day trip. Nearby Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is centred around an imposing 2,146 meter mountain. For the adventurous, take an hour’s drive from town and you will find white water rafting on the  Tana River.

A popular tourists spots are also the “Rift Valley”. A rift is formed by the valley through the country’s middle, beginning from Turkana which is located north, to the south where you will find Magadi. In between these two points are many lakes: Lake Bogoria, Lake Barigo, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Lake Elmentaita.

The valley has dozens of volcanoes, many of these are extinct, but they have left their marks such as  half-submerged islands, distinctive shapes dotting the landscape, and giant calderas.

Lake Naivasha located about 83 km from Nairobi is with an attitude of 1888 meters he hightest lake of the Rift Valley. It is home for the floating papyrus, a hippo population and varieties of bird life.