Nairobi is Kenya’s capital City, it is one of the largest and most influential cities in Africa, an important commercial and financial regional hub. It is the port of entry for most travellers to Kenya and is a vibrant metropolis of bustling markets, interesting history and numerous cultural attractions. Kenya’s central highlands are dominated by the imposing peaks of Mount Kenya and the fertile, forested slopes of the Aberdare mountain range. A region of high plateaus, rolling green foothills and moorlands and its most distinctive feature is a rich diversity of giant alpine flora and thick species of bamboo. The Aberdare National Park with its heavy rainfall makes this a major water catchment area.
Nairobi, the United Nations regional headquarters, forms the area’s hub and offers visitor many worthwhile sights and there is lots to do including a visit to Nairobi National Park with its varied wildlife grazing against the backdrop of the city skyline. From December to mid March days are hot, sunny and dry and nights are usually cool. Also nicest time to climb Mount Kenya, as peaks are normally cloud free. The main rainy season occurs mid-March to May, with a shorter period of rain in November.
Named after a Maasai watering hole, “enkare nyarobi”, which means “place of cool waters”, Nairobi is known for its tree-lined streets and parks. The skyline, with towering skyscrapers and imposing architecture, draws the attention of visitors from afar.
Nairobi National Park is perhaps the best place to see the endangered black rhino (over 60 individuals) and is quite tame as well as buffalo, giraffe, eland, zebra and lion are quite a common sight. Strangely hyena are seldom encountered and during the dry season, there is a large influx of wildebeest and hartebeest from the Athi-Kapiti Plains.