Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:53

Nairobi-The capital city of Kenya

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. Fondly referred to as the ‘green city in the sun’ by many people, it offers exemplary sceneries to any kind of visitor due to its unique tourist attraction sites. With typical tropical climate characteristics, Nairobi also serves as the commercial hub of East and Central Africa and this is testament to its stature as one of the most important cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The variety of tourist attraction sites in Nairobi City is simply breathtaking; to start with, the Nairobi National Park is located at the heart of the ‘green city in the sun’. Located just 7 kilometers from the central business district, Nairobi National Park is the oldest park in Kenya having been established in 1946. One of the most outstanding attribute about the Nairobi National Park is the fact that it is the only park all over the world to be located in a metropolitan area. While inside the park, tourists can get a fantastic view of Nairobi’s skyscrapers such as the Times Tower and the Kenyatta International Conference Centre just but to mention a few.

Nairobi National Park

The Nairobi National Park is easily accessible via tarmac or air since the Jommo Kenyatta International Airport is just a few miles away. The flora and fauna composition in the park is just amazing; all of the ‘big five’ are present except the elephant. Among the other wild animals at the park include; zebras, giraffes, ostriches, cheetahs and waterbucks among many others. By visiting the Nairobi National Park, a tourist will not only be amazed by the magnificent flora and fauna but also more importantly, experience nature at its very best.

Apart from the National Park, Nairobi is also the home of Nairobi Animal Orphanage. Strategically located about 5 miles from the central business district at the Kenya Wildlife’s headquarters, the animal orphanage was established in 1964. As opposed to the National Park, the animal orphanage provides tourists with a unique opportunity to view wild animals up close. Home to over 30 different species of wild animals and birds, the orphanage is a fantastic protected area that also doubles up as an educational facility. There exists an array of wildlife such as leopards, cheetahs, lions, hyenas and the like. By visiting the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, a visitor not only derives enormous knowledge on wildlife but also unparalleled pleasure.
Nairobi’s wildlife

By now, one would be tempted to think that Nairobi’s tourism hinges on wildlife alone; that’s totally incorrect. This amazing city also has an excellent recreational site called the Nairobi Arboretum. The Nairobi Arboretum has over 100 species of trees which are either indigenous or exotic. Entry to the Arboretum is free of charge apart from people who intend to hold ceremonies or events at the site. Having been established in 1932,

the Nairobi Arboretum is located about 10 kilometers from the city centre. The arboretum also neighbors the State House to the north and offers visitors an excellent opportunity to enjoy the serenity of nature. Among the tree species at the arboretum includes; acacia, camphor tree, and the Mexican-green heart just but to mention a few. Walking around the Nairobi Arboretum offers visitors the chance to experience fresh air that is extremely natural and free from any kind of pollution. This tourist attraction also provides an excellent platform for visitors to hone environmental knowledge. Apart from the aforementioned tourist attraction sites in Nairobi, the city also has a snake park which is located just half a mile from the city centre. The Nairobi Snake Park was established in the year 1961 and through the years, it has grown to become an important tourist attraction site. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it has both vertebrates and invertebrates. Among the vertebrates include fish, birds, snakes and some other mammals while the invertebrates include giant spiders, prawns and snails. By visiting the Nairobi Snake Park, a visitor experiences breathtaking reptiles such as the cobras, pythons and crocodiles from a very close range. Another outstanding tourist attraction in Nairobi is the Bomas of Kenya; established in the year 1971, it acts a cultural hub for Kenya. This is due to the fact that it seeks to enhance, preserve and promote the various cultures in Kenya. The Bomas of Kenya is located about 10 miles from Nairobi’s Central Business District and offers a unique opportunity for visitors to fully understand Kenya’s rich cultural diversity. At the Bomas of Kenya, dancers from all the 47 tribes in Kenya are present.