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Nairobi City Tour - 03 hours

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Kenyan ParliamentHistory of Nairobi: Founded in 1899, the city was handed capital status from Mombasa in 1905. Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. It is popularly known as the “Green City in the Sun”. Nairobi is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and of the Nairobi District. The city lies on the Nairobi River, in the south of the nation, and has an elevation of 1661M (5450 ft) above sea-level.

Nairobi is currently the 4th largest city in Africa and the most populous city in East Africa, with an estimated urban population of between 3 and 4 million.

Nairobi skylineAccording to the 1999 Census, in the administrative area of Nairobi, 2,143,254 inhabitants lived within 684 km². Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. Home to many companies and organizations, Nairobi is established as a hub for Airlines into Africa, business and culture within East Africa.

The Modern Nairobi City:
What once was a remote railway outpost has become the largest city between Johannesburg and Cairo and is Kenya's capital city and the world's
safari capital.


KICCIt has long been the commercial centre of Eastern Africa and one of the world's cross-roads with its international airport servicing most of the world's airlines. Kenya's capital city has risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited swampland to a thriving modern capital.

Nairobi is a city that never seems to sleep. The entire town has a boundless energy, and is a thriving place where all of human life can be found. This is a place of great contrasts where race, tribe and origin all become facets of a unique Nairobi character.

Some of the places to visit whilst in Nairobi include; the National Theatre, Nairobi KenyaPhoenix Theatre, McMillan Memorial Library, , Parliament Buildings, Nairobi National Park, the Snake Park, National Museum, Bomas of Kenya (for traditional dancing and tribal villages), Nairobi Races (horse racing on Sundays), and the National International Show (August/September/October).

Nairobi also has several modern cinemas in the city centre and two drive-in cinemas. The City Market on Muindi Mbingu Street is worth a visiting if you are shopping for curios. Depending on how good your bartering is, you can get a good bargain be it soapstone carvings, wood carvings or other handicrafts. The city has not lost its sense of the past, with an excellent museum and the historical home of The Pioneer Lady, Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa open to visitors.

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Maasai Market - NairobiThis tour covers the modern city centre, the colourful City market, Parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Conference Centre; the landmark of Nairobi (KICC), The 7th Memorial Park (Bomblast, the Railway Station and the Railway Museum the National Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, McMillan Memorial Library and the renowned National Museum where there are spell-binding displays of the early man, tribal regalia and flora and fauna of Kenya.

A visit to the adjacent snake park is also included. The tour returns to your city hotel or residence.

Railway Museum - Nairobi

Railway MuseumFor a nostalgic trip down memory lane, visit the Railway Museum in Nairobi, at the west end of the Nairobi train station. Established in 1971, the museum was created to preserve and display to the public the relics and records of the railways of East Africa.

Visit the museum to have a delightful visit of the Kenya of old, dating from the times of industry brought about by colonialism, and driven by Africans and Asians.

At the museum you will have the chance to see the collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock.

Railway MuseumWalk around the delightful display of miniatures: smaller exhibits and models. The Railway Museum in Nairobi remains connected to the railways, allowing for restored locomotives to access the main line for working steam excursions.

The curator of the museum is Maurice Barasa, and anthropologist by letters and the son of a stationmaster on Kenya Railways, bringing useful expertise into the museum. Recently, Class EB3 2409 has been restored to operating condition by the steam team. An account of the restoration and the process of restoring these nostalgic machines out of another era is on hand.


Railway MuseumVisit the Railway Museum in Nairobi to learn about the interesting history of the railways. You will be informed about the painstaking effort and sheer man power that was required to lay down the tracks, with all of the challenges that were encountered during construction, one of which is the fascinating tale of how production was forced to be halted due to the 'man-eaters': lions that made killing hits on the camps of the workers.

The chilling account is retold of how two man-eating lions attacked and killed scores of railway workers until they were hunted down and killed by Colonel J.H. Patterson, who had been supervising the railway project.

Nairobi MuseumThe stuffed and mounted carcases of the two lions are now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago. More accounts of how lions disturbed production reveal that two other Englishmen were killed by lions near the railways. The railways undoubtedly played a central part in shaping Kenyan history, including helping to establish present day Nairobi, and the trials and tribulations of the line, together with the political details about how the railway affected the lives of people from Africa, England and Asia, is a fascinating history. You will be enthralled by visiting the Railway Museum in Nairobi.

Nairobi City Tour - 03 hours

 

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