The Safari City

Less than a hundred years ago a decision to locate a train station here led to the foundation of what would become Nairobi, now the largest city in East Africa and Kenya's 'safari city'. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". But these days it is more popularly know as the "Green City in the Sun", a reference to its many parks and tree filled open spaces.

During colonial rule Nairobi replaced Mombasa as Kenya's capital city and grew quickly as a hub and stop over for big game hunters heading out on a Kenyan safari. As a result of this influx, many grand hotels were built to house the mostly British game hunters. The legacy of stopping over in Nairobi before venturing on safari remains, excepting that these days visitors prefer to 'shoot' game with their cameras.

During your stay in Nairobi you might hear the cosmopolitan city referred to by it's less desirable nickname, "Nairobbery." A nickname it earned because of it's reputation as a crime ridden city. Make no mistake it would not be a good idea to wander the streets of Nairobi without being informed. On your visit to Nairobi we urge you to be extra careful, take simple precautions; don't walk alone, stick to the main tourist attractions and listen to the advice your hotel gives you. If you follow these simple rules be assured your stay in Nairobi will be a pleasant one.

Flights into and out of Nairobi generally leave the visitor with a spare night to spend in one of the city's spectacular hotels. Your Rhino Africa consultant will be able to help you with the best accommodation for your needs in Nairobi.

Contact us now to plan and book your tailor-made safari holiday to Kenya.

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