The city of Nairobi was established at the end of the 19th century as a small primitive town that is located on the rout of the railway connecting Uganda with Mombasa in Kenya. The town kept on developing to become the capital of the Eastern Africa British Colony in 1907. In 1963, Nairobi became the capital of the Republic of Kenya and one of the interesting cities many tourists who travel to Kenya would pay a visit.
In this period of time, Nairobi was a center for the trading of coffee, tea, and some other herbs. With time passing by, many new establishments were founded in the city and it flourished to reach this stage travellers who spend their vacations in Kenya view and admire today.
Nairobi is one of the biggest and most important cities in the continent. Many flights that travel towards various destinations in Africa often take a transit in the city. With a population that is now around 4 million inhabitants and a surface area of around 700 square kilometers, Nairobi welcomes hundreds of travelers who enjoy their vacations in Kenya.
Despite the fact that Nairobi is quite a significant hub, most tourists who travel to Kenya visit Nairobi as a starting point to move towards other destinations in the country including national parks and safari trips. However, there are a number of attractions in Nairobi that some travelers might be interested to explore.
One of the most remarkable attractions of Nairobi is surely the Nairobi National Park. Established in 1946 by British colonists, the park is one of the largest and oldest national parks in the whole world. Situated near the center of the city, many tourists who travel to Kenya pay the park a visit for a half-a-day or a full-day trip during their stay in Nairobi.
The Nairobi National Park is featured for hosting a large number of wild animals in their natural habitat. The wide collection of animals includes lions, unicorns, tigers, many reptiles, and a huge number of trees and rare plants. With a surface area of more than 2200 square meters, Nairobi National Park is a must visit for travelers who spend their vacations in Kenya and visit Nairobi.
If tourists who visit Kenya only have a few hours to enjoy the natural beauty of the capital, the best advice is to visit the Uhura National Park. Situated near the commercial hub of the city, the park would be an amazing place for picnics and hanging out. Featured with its greenery and natural sceneries, tourists have fun for a couple of hours before they go on with their tour in Kenya.
There is also the Nairobi National Museum that is the largest in the country. The museum illustrates the history of Kenya through several displays including handcrafts, fossils of extinct animals, some portraits, and many other exhibits. The museum would be an interesting visit to any history fans who spend their vacations in Kenya.
Another remarkable museum located only 10 kilometers away from Nairobi is that of Karen Blixen, the famous Danish writer that lived in Kenya for a long period of her life. She lived in this house since it was first constructed in 1921, during her stay and experience in Africa, and until she went back to her homeland in Denmark in 1931. Today, the museum welcomes many travellers who enjoy their holidays in Kenya. The museum displays the belongings of Karen Blixen, her furniture, and some of the tools she used.