Close your eyes and imagine yourself within a city – the usual buildings, occasional trees, office complexes, hotels…but on the horizon you spot a giraffe casually grazing the leaves on an acacia tree. A family of lions pass by the giraffe and lay down to seek some shade in the heat, while a group of rhinos get their fill from the lake water.
Seem strange? Well, in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, this is an everyday occurrence. Nairobi is a very unique African city, as it is most known for the Nairobi National Park – the only park in the world that borders a capital city, let alone a city of Nairobi’s size. Nairobi National Park is within walking distance of Nairobi’s city limits, providing everyone who visits with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get up close and personal with the elegant and exotic creatures of the African continent. Embarking on a guided tour of the area is a remarkable option for visitors to indulge in and take full advantage of the voyage they have planned. Nairobi has been nicknamed “The Safari Capital of the World”, after all, so it certainly lives up to its name.
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If coming face-to-face with the native animals is not of interest to visitors, there are plenty of other options for them in the “Green City in the Sun”. Nairobi is an historical city, tracing its roots back to the 19th century where it originated as a rail depot linking Mombasa to Uganda. As a result, the country is rich with museums that house an abundance of artifacts displaying Kenya’s immense heritage and history through the arts and culture. The Nairobi National Museum is the most predominant, but also shares the city with the Nairobi Gallery, the Nairobi Railway Museum, and the Karen Blixen Museum.
Travel to and from the country is very accessible, as Kenya is home to the largest airport in East and Central Africa—the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. As for public transportation throughout the city, the traditional forms are available – buses, trains, and taxis, along with matatus, or privately owned minibuses. Getting to and from a safari or anywhere can be done with ease.
Overall, the bustling city of Nairobi is a fascinating blend of wildlife and mankind, combining city life with the safari that spans across Africa into a much smaller area. It is an experience that should be had by all, especially for any clients with a strong urge to experience the best Kenya has to offer.
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