Stare in the eye of a wild beast, visit an indigenous tribe village, discover the city's colonial landmarks, and let yourself be spoilt for endless entertainment by a modern metropolis: Nairobi, the safari capital of the world, is an incredibly diverse place where the vibrant city core lies a stunningly short distance away from untamed wildlife.
Nairobi has a history just as diverse as the rich wildlife surrounding it. For its abundance of fertile lands, the country was colonised by the British East Africa Protectorate in the 19th century, and served as a significant hinterland for the mother country during the WWI era.
However, upon its foundation in 1899, Nairobi was far from being a deserted swamp deep hidden in the mighty ridges of Kenya: settlers were soon confronted with the persistence of the indigenous Maasai people, who eventually regained the country's independence in 1963. Today, what once caused large turbulence has since transformed into peaceful coexistence, giving Nairobi a charmingly eclectic feel.
This incredible diversity can be experienced all over the city. In the over 50 national parks and reserves Kenya has, flora and fauna have remained incredibly rich, and are only disturbed by goggling safari-goers. But Nairobi, once a humble depot used for the construction of the Uganda railway, has in no time developed into East Africa's major economic hub, with a steady influx of investments further adorning the city's skyscraper-rich horizon year by year.Read More