NCN56 Day 41: Nairobi

October 21, 2014 Comments Off on NCN56 Day 41: Nairobi
Andrew Walton
Just a happy guy who loves travelling, loves Africa and feels that travelling changes you forever.

Nairobi, Kenya

Once we’ve crossed the border into Kenya, we carry onto Nairobi. Typically we head out with our group for a delicious optional celebratory dinner out at one of the many wonderful restaurants Nairobi has to offer.

‘Nairobi’ is derived from the Masai phrase ‘Enkare Nyirobi’ meaning ‘the place of cool waters’. However, it is most well-known as the ‘green city in the sun’ and is surrounded by a number of growing villa suburbs. Nairobi was established in 1899 as a rail depot on the railway joining Mombasa and Uganda and developed rapidly, becoming the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and finally the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. Throughout the colonial years of Kenya, Nairobi developed into a centre for the colony’s tea, coffee and sisal industry and is presently the most inhabited city of East Africa with an approximation of around 3 million people.

Nairobi is currently one of the most important cities in Africa in both politics and finance. There are many companies and organisations in Nairobi, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa. The city is now the central point of business and culture with the Nairobi Stock Exchange (one of the largest in Africa) and is thus ranked fourth with regards to trading quantity and being able to produce 10 million trades daily.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Sentrim Boulevard Hotel
Facilities: En-suite Bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Arusha to Nairobi ±270 km
Optional Activity: Dinner at Local Restaurant
Border Post: Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs

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