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Nairobi Introduction


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As the sun rises each morning in equatorial East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, is already bustling with traffic, streams of pedestrians and people pushing carts. In Nairobi's markets, the floors are washed, and fresh produce is artfully arranged; the tea sellers unlock their stalls and light their fires; and merchants raise the iron screens from their store windows. Flowers are everywhere, and it is particularly attractive on some of the city's main avenues and in Uhuru Park around December when the jacaranda trees are in bloom.   Click here to see the full Nairobi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nairobi Geography


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In one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in Africa, Nairobi sits just 90 mi/145 km south of the equator, at approximately 5,500 ft/1,700 m above sea level. The city center is densely packed, a roughly rectangular area 12 blocks long and six blocks wide. Boundaries are University Way on the north end, Haile Selassie Avenue on the south, Uhuru Highway to the west and Moi Avenue to the east.  Click here to see the full Nairobi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nairobi History


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The Maasai called the swampy plain along the river enkare nyarobi (the place of cool waters), as it was originally a watering place for the Maasai and their cattle. It wasn't until the Mombasa-Uganda railway arrived in May 1899 that modern-day Nairobi was born. By 1907, it became large enough to take over from Mombasa as the capital of the British colony. The climate was considered by the British officials to be better than at the coast.   Click here to see the full Nairobi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nairobi Sightseeing & Things to Do


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To get a feel for Nairobi, first visit the City Market on Muindi Mbingu Street, which is a vibrant place. There are butchers, fresh-flower stalls, an array of colorful fruit and vegetables, and crafts and curios where you will be able to haggle with the traders. Interestingly, the market was originally built as an airport hangar. Curio markets are held in different places all over the city on designated days of the week.   Click here to see the full Nairobi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nairobi Nightlife


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Venturing out for a taste of Nairobi's nightlife is not for the nervous or meek. Most Nairobi bars are in dicey neighborhoods, and we can't recommend them to travelers. If you do head out for a night on the town, go in a group or at least as a pair, and take taxis rather than walk. Entrance fees for nightclubs tend to be cheaper for women.   Click here to see the full Nairobi travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nairobi Restaurants & Dining


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Eating out in Nairobi is never boring. The sheer number and variety of restaurants could keep you dining for many months without ever visiting the same spot twice. Although restaurants open and close regularly, you'll always find an astonishing variety of cuisines from around the globe.   Click here to see the full Nairobi travel guide on Travel42 »

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