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Nairobi is Kenyas Principal Cultural Centre

Aug 18, 2007
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. It is popularly known as the Green City in the Sun.

A fairly moderate climate. The altitude makes for some chilly evenings, especially in the June season when the temperature can drop to 10. The sunniest and warmest part of the year is from December to March, when temperatures average 24. There are two rainy seasons but rainfall can be moderate. The cloudiest part of the year is just after the first rainy season, when until September, conditions are usually overcast with drizzle. As Nairobi is situated close to the equator, the differences between the seasons are minimal. The seasons are referred to as the wet season and dry season.

Nairobi is not a prime tourist destination, but it does have several tourist attractions.

The railway museum is situated at the North West end of Nairobi station and can be seen from the Uhuru Highway where it crosses the main line. The museum was established in 1971 by the then East African Railways and Harbours Corporation to preserve and display relics and records of the railways of East Africa from their inception to the present day. In addition to the collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock, there is a large display of smaller exhibits and models.

Shopping can be quite fun, as prices are way below what Europeans are used to. Due to the strong economic growth, the number of large, modern malls keeps growing. The Village Market is, without a doubt the most fun place to go. Constructed like a giant village, it a has a really cool architecture, with an articificial river running through the place. Alternative good upmarket places to shop are Nakumatt Ngong Road and the Sarit Centre.

If theres any city made for partying in Africa, Nairobi is that place. Partying is simply an integral part of the Nairobi lifestyle, which you cant fail to notice.

Almost everybody speaks English, and no one expects foreigners to learn Swahili or any of the other local languages.

Nairobi is Kenyas principal economic, administrative, and cultural centre and is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Africa. Manufactures include processed food, textiles, clothing, building materials, and communications and transportation equipment.

Do keep in mind though that non violent muggings are frequent, however, they hardly ever happen in crowded streets, so as long as there are people, you can feel safe.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Nairobi Rental Site
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