The name ‘Nairobi’ is derived from the Masai
phrase ‘Enkare Nyirobi’, which means ‘the place of
Originally not much more than a swampy watering hole
for Masai tribes, Kenya’s capital city grew with the
advent of the railway in 1899. Today Nairobi is the
largest African city between Johannesburg and Cairo.
The thriving modern capital of Nairobi, which is
situated just 138 kilometres South of the equator,
has in a single century risen from not much more
than a swampland into a city with a conveniently
compact CBD where it is easy to tap into modern
urban African life.
Besides being a convenient place to take care of
administrative matters, Nairobi has much to offer to
visitors and besides a range of restaurants, clubs,
pubs and discos, some may like to visit the City
Market, the National Museum, the Arboretum or the
outstanding Kenya Railway Museum.
Modern Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city that does not
seem to sleep. The entire town has a limitless
energy, and is characterized by great contrasts of
race, tribe and origin. It may be worthwhile
mentioning that petty crime has been reported and
that visitors should be cautious in the city
especially at night.