Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and is most often a stopover on the way to a safari. However it’s worth staying a bit longer to explore this slice of urban African life.

Nairobi was established as part of the British expansion in to East Africa. You can learn more about the colonial period and Kenya’s independence at the Nairobi National Museum. The museum also has fossils and bones from early humans who are believed to have evolved in this region. Central Nairobi has all the restaurants and bars you would expect in a modern city. Check out the Masai style grilled meat restaurants or enjoy some delicious curries made by the large Indian population in Kenya. The Masai also run regular markets which can be a great place to pick up souvenirs. Don’t forget to haggle!

If you don’t have time for a safari expedition a stopover in Nairobi on the way home can still get you close to some of Kenya’s most famous wildlife. The David Sheldrick Centre in Nairobi National Park gets you up close to elephants and rhinoceros. Go during feeding time to watch the baby elephants drink their milk before splashing in a mud bath. You can also see giraffe, lions, zebras and cheetahs in the National Park. Book on to a walking tour to experience these beautiful animals up close with the skyscrapers of the city centre in the background.

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