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Nairobi: the green city in the sun and its attractions.

Updated on January 4, 2016

Nairobi: the green city in the sun and its attractions.

Located in south central Kenya, 140 kilometres (87 miles) south of the equator and flanked by the breath-taking Ngong Hills to the west, the formidable Mount Kenya to the north and the grand standing Mount Kilimanjaro to the South East, Nairobi is a city of awe. Rising from an uninhabited swamp to a supply depot and resting place for Indian workers of the Ugandan Railway in 1899, this ‘green city in the sun' has exhibited unprecedented growth to seal its place as an economic power house in East Africa and a melting pot of the diverse cultures of the world. Its name Nairobi, originally coined from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi translating to ‘cool water' or rather a place of rest for the labourers then (1900),still bears great significance since Nairobi has remained an attractive tourist and travel destination with an unparalleled array of unique and exciting locations to savour.

The Nairobi National Park

Located some 7km from the central business district, the Nairobi National park is one of kind harbouring a cocktail of wildlife, birds and forests. Being a fully fledged park, it is the home of zebras, wildebeests, buffalos, giraffes, lions cheetahs, hippos and 400 species of birds. The park is also home to the Nairobi animal orphanage which is an establishment that cares for animals orphaned in the wild in a bid to conserve endangered species. The Nairobi safari walk, also situated in the park exhibits a safe and environment friendly viewing of wild animals in the wild. It consists of nature trails, hippo pools and vantage points for spectacular view of flora and fauna.

The Giraffe Centre

This is the home of the endangered Rothschild giraffe and warthogs which graze down below nearby. Located in Lang'ata, the giraffe centre offers an interactive platform for both tourists and the giraffes which a raised platform that gives you a chance to feed the giraffes. It also has a visitor centre whose primary goal is to create awareness on conservation and educate tourists on its significance. The giraffe Manor situated close by is a guest house that is ideal for accommodation in case revellers opt to spend a night or two at the centre.

The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

The David Sheldrick Elephant orphanage was founded by Daphne Sheldrick in 1977. David was Daphne's late husband and she consequently named the establishment in remembrance of him. This orphanage is home to elephant and rhinoceros calves orphaned by the far reaching effects of poaching in Kenya.

Nairobian Recreational Parks

Nairobi is dubbed the green city in the sun because of the numerous parks found in it and its environs. Nairobian recreational parks include Uhuru Park (Central Park), City Park (situated in Parklands) and the Uhuru Gardens.Uhuru Park is strategically located at the city centre and is bedecked by a myriad of trees, plush green grass and an artificial lakes. Its serene environment is ideal for relaxation, book reading and even entertainment. It also has picnic sites, a skate boarding locations, children’s playground and facilities for boat riding.

City Park is also a haven of recreation that boasts indigenous forests, picnic sites and vantage bird watching spots. Nature trails also dot the extensive parks with interactive Sykes monkeys roaming and interacting with the ever playful revellers. The Sykes monkeys have grown especially friendly to humans who take every opportunity to lure them with groundnuts and other foodstuffs.

The Uhuru Gardens named Uhuru, a Swahili word meaning freedom or independence is a park that was established to commemorate the gaining of independence by Kenya in 1963. It is a stark representation of the struggle. It also has 24 metre monument to indicate this.

The US embassy memorial site.

This is a monument that was built in remembrance of the victims of the grotesque bombing of the United States Embassy in Kenya in 1998, a shameful act of terrorism. It is a green serene park with educative documented inscriptions to mark the tragedy.

The Bomas of Kenya

The Bomas of Kenya is a centre of representation if the diverse culture of Kenya cemented by the mind blowing number of tribes in the country (over forty). It showcases a vast amount of homes, artefacts, dances, music and songs from the traditional African societies based in Kenya. It also has a theatre in which traditional dances are performed for tourists every afternoon

Karura Forest

The Karura forest is a representation of the gains of the greenbelt movement in Kenya led at one time by the late Nobel peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai. Its western part is open daily to visitors with hiking spots, running paths, mountain biking trails, birdlife, the Colobus monkey, caves, waterfalls and nature trails. It is an indigenous forest with intriguing species of flora and fauna.

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