East Africa is part of sub-Saharan Africa comprising two traditionally recognized regions. East Africa is made up of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda; and the horn of Africa made up of Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Ethiopia. In the country of Kenya is where you get the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Nairobi.
Measuring 268.7 sq miles (696 km²), The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to “cool water”. Masai by the way is a local tribe and language spoken by a good percentage of Kenyans. The city of Nairobi however which is the capital and largest city in Kenya has lived beyond the term “cool”.
With an estimated population of about 3.36 million inhabitants, Nairobi is one of the most prominent cities in Africa, both politically and financially. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organizations, there is enough to see and capture for visitors. Nairobi is laid out with tarred roads, with avenues of flowering trees, flanked by noble buildings; with open spaces and stately squares; a cathedral worthy of faith and country; museums and of art; theaters and public offices.
Nairobi has many parks and open spaces throughout the city. Much of the city has dense tree-cover and plenty of green spaces. The most famous park in Nairobi is Uhuru Park. The park borders the central business district and the neighborhood Upper Hill. Uhuru Park is a centre for outdoor speeches, services, and rallies. Other notable open spaces include Jeevanjee Gardens, City Park, 7 August Memorial Park, and Nairobi Arboretum.
This city is one of the few cities in the world with a national park within its boundaries, making it a prime tourist destination as well, with several other tourist attractions. The most famous is the Nairobi National Park, the only game reserve of this nature to border a capital city, or any major city. The park contains many animals including lions, giraffes, and black rhinos. The park is home to over 400 species of birds. The Nairobi Safari Walk is a major attraction to the Nairobi National Park as it offers a rare on-foot experience of the animals.
Nairobi’s night life is very popular with tourists, both young and old. From a collection of gourmet restaurants offering local and international cuisine, Nairobi has something to offer to every age and pocket. Most common known food establishments include The Carnivore and The Tamarind Restaurants which have outlets in Langata, City Centre, and the Village Market. For those more discerning travelers, one can choose from a wide array of local cuisine, Mediterranean, fast food, Ethiopian, and Arabian.
A visit to the city of Nairobi is certainly worth undertaking.