What is Nairobi famous for?

What is Nairobi famous for? What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about Nairobi? Nairobi is a city that has a lot to surprise you with. Keep reading to find out more about this.


Nairobi being the capital city of Kenya is a beautiful place to live in, to visit and to work at. It has many attractions for tourists thanks to its diversity. The word “Nairobi” originates from the phrase “Enkare Nairobi” which basically meant “cold waters”. This word was also used as a name of the river that was found on the territory of the city.

The city was established in the 19th century. It was built in 1899 and within the next 8 years turned into a new capital city taking a place of Machakos. It remained the capital of the state even after the proclamation of its independence.

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In the previous years, when Nairobi was still a colony of Great Britain, it was used as the hub of several industries: coffee and tea gathering and processing.

Geographically Nairobi is one the biggest cities in the area of Great African Lakes, and is in the top-20 biggest cities of Africa. Is population is more than 3 million people. And no wonder so many people want to live here: this city has a lot to offer.

 In case you want to come and visit Nairobi, you might be wondering about the best Nairobi hotels. According to the reviews of the tourists, there are at least fifteen luxury-level hotels in Nairobi worth of your attention.

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The #1 choice hotel is known as Hemmingways Hotel. It I slocated in Karen, just outside the city and is considered to be one of the best hotels even though there were a few Hotel business giants opened in the area as well. The tourists are extremely satisfied with the level of service, politeness and attention from the staff members. Among the other great Nairobi hotels are Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi, Nairobe Serena Hotel and Fairmont The Norfolk.

Nairobi is also famous for having of the biggest universities of Kenya. The University o Nairobi was founded in 1956, and now about 61,000 students study there. The University of Nairobi has six colleges run by different principals. Among them are Colleges of Architecture and Engineering, Agriculture, Biology and Physics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Education and Health Sciences.

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The University of Nairobi has both undergraduate and postgraduate programs and is mostly considered to be a great place to study. It is also one of the ways to meet the growing demand of higher education in Kenya.

The weather of Nairobi is typical for subtropical Highland climate. The nights are usually colder and might even have the temperature as low as 9 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the most pleasant time of the year to live in Nairobi is in the period of December to March. During this time, the temperature can reach as much as 20+ degrees Celsius.

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If you are willing to come to Nairobi on your vacation, you would be surprised to learn that there are many places you can see and visit in the city. You can not only go for a safari walk in Nairobi but also visit a night club, a restaurant or go tot several tourist destinations in the city.

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If talking about the tourist destinations, it is important to mention that you should not walk around the city at night by yourself. The level of corruption and crime in the city is sky-level. As the locals explain, the police and other authorities do very little to prevent crimes and are so corrupted, that it is better to just avoid walking at night or even during the day in some districts just to stay safe.

Tourists often associate Nairobi with safari walks and there is a reason behind it: one can take a safari walk without even a need to leave the city. The well-known Nairobi National Park is located within the city limits and you can get there by bus. It is quite a spectacular thing to see real leopards, cheetahs, hippos, rhinos, Gazelles, lions, zebras, and other animals just walking around the park.

You can get as close to the wild nature here as possible. Thus, you should definitely try the safari walk in the Nairobi National Park if you ever come to visit.

The next tourist destination in Nairobi is its local beer as they call it the Tusker. The city is quite hot and sunny, so having a bottle of beer can a real answer to this subtropical heat.

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If you are a cinematography fan, you should visit a house of one of the Danish writers that is also situated in Karen district. The owners of the museum even offer the visitors a tour around the house with all the delicate details on the author, her personal life and creative achievements. You would be also interested to learn that it is here that the “Out Of Africa” movie was shot.

If you are travelling with children, you might be interested to learn that one of the largest slum district is situated here in Nairobi. You might a tour to the area and get an educational guide through the history of the country and these slums in particular.

As I have already mentioned before, Nairobi was once an industry hub of the coffee and tea industry. Therefore, it is am absolute must see and try in the city – coffee! The tourists that have already been to the Nairobi recommend other tourists visiting  Nairobi Java House, a chain of restaurants. The best coffee there is said to be Kenya AA blend.

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An exclusive old Muthaiga Coutry Club is a place where you cannot just walk in your flip-flops and a hat. Both women and men are supposed to dress up nicely and look smart. The owners also insists that no cell phones are used on the territory in order to create a unique atmosphere of uniqueness and keep the tradition. There is even a room where no women are allowed.

However, keep in mind that this club is a closed one, so to get in ther you might either need to become a member of it (though, the rules for it are not known) or ask someone who is a member of it to take you with him. You will not regret time you spent there.

If you are not really in fond of country houses with elite traditions or educational excursions around the city, and rather prefer having fun with your friends in a nightclub, there are a few places you can go to in Nairobi.

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The nightlife in Nairobi is quite popular, as young people work hard to make their living and want to relax and just have fun at the end of the week full of deadlines and immediate tasks to do. Therefore, there is a number of nightclubs you can go to if you are a party animal.

 The first night club you might be interested in visiting is Bacchus Laounge, which is on the Woodvale Road in Westlands. Visitors claim that this place is a place you can really chill out. You would not probably get as much food or drinks as it is not a restaurant but rather a lounge bar. However, you will definitely have fun after a stressful week at work.

The other night club one should visit in Nairobi is called Gallileo’s.. You should be careful as many Kenyan girls come there looking for a companion to spend a night with. However, of you are not interested in finding a girlfriend in a nightclub, get something cool and enjoy the music.

Finally, as you see, there are plenty of things to do in Nairobi. The city is growing and the places to visit are growing in number as well. Therefore, if you are looking for a chance to just chill out or you are up for an exciting journey with lots of tours and travels, then Nairobi is a perfect place for you to go to. 

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