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History of Nairobi: Founded in 1899, the city was handed capital status from Mombasa in 1905. Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. It is popularly known as the Green City in the Sun. Nairobi is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and of the Nairobi District. The city lies on the Nairobi
River, in the south of the nation, and has an elevation of 1661M (5450 ft) above sea-level. Nairobi is currently the 4th largest city in Africa and the most populous city in East Africa, with an estimated urban population of between 3 and 4 million.
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According to the 1999 Census, in the administrative area of Nairobi, 2,143,254 inhabitants lived within 684 kmsq.Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. Home to many companies and organizations, Nairobi is established as a hub for Airlines into Africa, business and culture within East Africa.
What once was a remote railway outpost has become the largest city between Johannesburg and Cairo and is Kenya’s capital city and the world’s safari capital. It has long been the commercial centre of Eastern Africa and one of the world’s cross-roads with its international airport servicing most of the world’s airlines.
Kenya’s capital city has risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited swampland to a thriving modern capital. Nairobi is a city that never seems to sleep. The entire town has a boundless energy, and is a 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. Some of the places to visit whilst in Nairobi include; the National Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, McMillan Memorial Library, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Parliament Buildings, Nairobi National Park, the Snake Park, National Museum, Bomas of Kenya (for traditional dancing and tribal villages), Nairobi Races (horse racing on Sundays), and the National International Show (August/September/October).
Nairobi also has several modern cinemas in the city centre and two drive-in cinemas. The City Market on Muindi Mbingu Street is worth a visit if you are shopping for curios. Depending on how good your bartering is, you can get a good bargain be it soapstone carvings, wood carvings or other handicrafts. 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 tour covers the modern city centre, the colourful City market, Parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Conference Centre; the landmark of Nairobi (KICC), The 7th Memorial Park (Bomblast, the Railway Station and the Railway Museum the National Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, McMillan Memorial Library and the renowned National Museum where there are spell-binding displays of the early man, tribal regalia and flora and fauna of Kenya. A visit to the adjacent snake park is also included. The tour returns to your city hotel or residence.