The name ‘Nairobi’ is derived from the Masai phrase ‘Enkare Nyirobi’, which means ‘the place of cold waters’.
Originally not much more than a swampy watering hole for Masai tribes, Kenya’s capital city grew with the advent of the railway in 1899. Today Nairobi is the largest African city between Johannesburg and Cairo.
The thriving modern capital of Nairobi, which is situated just 138 kilometres South of the equator, has in a single century risen from not much more than a swampland into a city with a conveniently compact CBD where it is easy to tap into modern urban African life.
Besides being a convenient place to take care of administrative matters, Nairobi has much to offer to visitors and besides a range of restaurants, clubs, pubs and discos, some may like to visit the City Market, the National Museum, the Arboretum or the outstanding Kenya Railway Museum.
Modern Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city that does not seem to sleep. The entire town has a limitless energy, and is characterized by great contrasts of race, tribe and origin. It may be worthwhile mentioning that petty crime has been reported and that visitors should be cautious in the city especially at night.