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The Safari Capital of Africa
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Kenya is still the primary focus of all adventure travel in Africa. It is one of
the finest--and undoubtedly the most famous--safari destination in the
world. Safari, however, is by no means the only reason to visit Kenya, for
the attractions of its rich culture and diverse environments are
Kenya is situated right along the
equator, on the eastern coast of the
African continent. Its coastal region is
on the southeast, and to the east lies
Somalia. Ethiopia is to the north, the
Sudan to the northwest, and Uganda
directly to the west. The south-
western border of the country is
marked by Lake Victoria, and
southward lies Tanzania.
Kenya has a total area of 580,000 Sq.
Kms. Kenya's geography is marvellously varied. While much of north-
eastern Kenya is a flat, bush-covered plain, the remainder of the country
encompasses pristine beaches, scenic highlands and lake regions, the Great
Rift Valley, and the magnificent Mount Kenya.
Although Kenya's varied environments experience a wide variety of climate
conditions, the temperature remains comfortably moderate year-round
ranging from 20'C to 30'C. Much of Kenya experiences heavy rainfall from
March through May and, to a lesser extent from October through
December. The best time for most outdoor activities (including safari and
mountain climbing) is during the dry season (June-September).
Kenya has a distinctive topographic profile. The interior is much higher
than the rest of the country, and the mountains are roughly in a line
running north and south. Its highest mountain, Mount Kenya, is located in
approximately the centre of the country.
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The Great Rift Valley runs from north to south through Kenya, separating
the Lake Victoria basin to the west from the hills in the east, which slide
into the dry grassy lowlands and coastal beaches. Kenya's topography
forms complex ecological zones, including one called the highland zone.
This is a region of rolling uplands characterized by cool weather, abundant
rainfall, rich volcanic soils, and dense human settlement.
History & People
Kenya has known the presence of
humankind since the very earliest
development of our species. Moreover,
the region has long been a migratory
path, passed through by wave upon
wave of peoples from all over Africa
and, later, from the Middle East as
well. By the 10th century or so, the
region had developed its own lingua
Franca, Swahili, which is a Bantu
language heavily overlaid with Arabic.
Among other familiar words, safari is
Swahili, meaning simply travel.
With the arrival of the Portuguese at the end of the 15th century, the East
African coastal region was for a time dominated by the Europeans.
However, in 1729 the Portuguese were expelled, to be replaced by two
Arab dynasties. Arab rule lasted until the end of the 18th century, when
Kenya passed into the British sphere of influence. The country became
independent in 1963. Although it has experienced its share of internal and
external strife, Kenya has in recent years
been moving toward a more stable, multi-
party political system.
Kenya's peoples are distinctly African, yet
diverse. Only about 1% of the population is
of non-African extraction. Of these, most
are Asians, Europeans, or Arabs. The
African peoples include many ethnic tribes:
Kikuyu (22%), Luhya (14%), Kalenjin (12%), Kamba (11%), Kisii (6%), and
Meru (6%). Official languages are English and Swahili (a mixture of Bantu
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In addition, numerous indigenous languages are spoken nationwide. The
major faiths in Kenya are Roman Catholicism (28%), Protestantism (26%),
indigenous beliefs (18%), and the Muslim (Islamic) religion (6%).
The Important Cities or Towns in Kenya includes Nairobi, Mombasa,
Malindi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kericho, Naivasha, Eldoret, Thika and Lamu.
The official languages in Kenya are Kiswahili (otherwise known as Swahili)
and English both are taught in school. In larger cities, most Kenyans speak
English well enough. Outside major cities, most Kenyans prefer Kiswahili,
because it is closer to their tribal languages. It is hard to find a place in
Kenya, where somebody does not know some words of Kiswahili;
nevertheless, there exists many places where nobody knows a bit of
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Nairobi – The Safari Capital of Africa
Nairobi is a young city, founded in 1899, Nairobi is the capital and largest
city of Kenya and it is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and of the
Nairobi District. The name Nairobi comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare
Nyorobi meaning "the place of cool waters".
Nairobi is popularly known as the "Green City in
the Sun" or "City of Flowers".
The city is the financial and business centre of
East Africa, is an often frantic mix of
businessmen, diplomats, tourists and locals.
Nairobi hosts important international
conferences and is the home for many embassies,
businesses and international organizations, some
of them are General Electric, Google, Coca-Cola, Good Year, General Motors,
Toyota and others.
Situated at an elevation of about 1660
meters and with over three million
inhabitants and growing speedily, Nairobi is
the most populous city in East Africa;
Nairobi is the fourth largest city in Africa
and the UN's fourth "World Centre".
The city's population is cosmopolitan, the city is a mix of local ethnic tribes,
Asians, Arabs and Europeans cultures, and most Nairobians speak more
than one language. The main languages spoken are Swahili and English.
Even though Nairobi has modern technology facilities, the city has not lost
its sense of past. Nairobi has become one of Africa's most interesting cities.
The city is constantly alive, especially at night, Nairobi never seems to
sleep. Visitors can find a wide array of excellent theatres, interesting
museums, exclusive restaurants, pubs, clubs, discos, casinos, shops and
markets. There is plenty on offer for the
Some of the interesting places to visit
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A famous street in Nairobi named after
the first president of the republic of
Kenya. The street hosts some of the
famous building in Nairobi.
At the end of Kenyatta Avenue, is the
skyscraper of the General Post Office
(GPO) on the left and, just before it,
Koinange Street, named after the Kikuyu
Senior Chief Koinange of the colonial
The peculiar caged Galton-Fenzi Memorial, just here on the left, is a
monument to the man who founded, of all things, the Nairobi branch of the
Automobile Association. Fenzi was also the first motorist to drive from
Nairobi to Mombasa, back in 1926 when there was only a dirt track.
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Nairobi National Park
At Nairobi National Park, visitors can see lions, giraffes, impalas, and more
wild animals living wild within 20 minutes of the centre of town;
interestingly enough, just a short drive from downtown Nairobi can have
you in the Nairobi National Park.
One of Kenya's top national parks, the Nairobi National Park is home to a
range of animals, and except for elephants, visitors can expect to spot
creatures from the renowned "Big Five", among many others. The chance to
spot a rhinoceros is alone enough of a reason
to justify a visit to this great Nairobi safari
There are also hundreds of species of birds
here, so bring your binoculars! No trip to
Nairobi would seem complete without a visit
to the Nairobi National Park, and it's
certainly an ideal compliment to other
Kenya wildlife destinations.
There is quite a lot of diversity when it comes the almost 30,000 acres that
make up Nairobi National Park. There are grassy plains, gorges, and forests
here, and the
help to attract the
variety of animal
In the distance, the
Nairobi can be seen,
which reminds you
of just how close
you are to the city.
There is an
electrical fence on
boundaries of the park, which helps to keep lions and the like off of
Nairobi's downtown streets. That's not to say that locals and animals don't
sometimes come into conflict, which is rare, but inevitable.
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Lions, Leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas are some of the large predators that
are found in the Nairobi safari park, and should you get a chance to witness
annual zebra and wildebeest migration here, you will be in for a most
coveted experience. Occurring in July/August, this migration is of epic
proportions, and it promises to impress.
The rhino sanctuary at Nairobi National Park is known as one of the best of
its kind, and you are guaranteed to see a black rhino here. Black rhino
numbers have gone down on the African continent, so places like these are
integral when it comes to saving them.
Though elephants don't roam the grassy plains of the Nairobi safari park,
you can see baby ones at the Elephant Orphanage found here. Talk about
Also part of the overall experience at Nairobi National Park is the Safari
Walk, which is found at the park's entrance. The Safari Walk highlights
Kenya's plants and animals in a very approachable manner, and the whole
park is really managed and operated quite well. Scores of locals visit the
park, as do many African children on school
Guided tours of the park are available, and
admission fees are really quite reasonable.
Students get in for around US$10, children
$20, and adults $40.
For the chance to see signature Kenya
Wildlife, that's hardly a high price, and a
Kenya wildlife safari is truly something that
all visitors should experience.
You can get help planning your Nairobi Kenya wildlife safari at most
Nairobi Hotels, and it is also included in various Kenya Vacation Packages,
so you might choose to go that route.
For those interested in staying at one of the Kenya lodges, the Masai Safari
Lodge near Nairobi National Park is always an option. There are no
facilities inside the park's boundaries.
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Karen Blixen Museum
(The former home of Karen Blixen - author of Out of Africa)
Karen Blixen Museum was once the centre piece of a farm at the foot of the
Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband,
Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke. Located 10km from the city centre, the
Museum belongs to a different time period in the history of Kenya. The
farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie ‘Out of
Africa’ an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s an autobiography by the
The Museum is open to the Public every day (9.30 am to 6pm) including
weekends and public holidays. Visitors are encouraged to be at the
Museum by 5.30. Guided tours are offered continuously. A museum shop
offers handicrafts, posters and postcards, the Movie ‘Out of Africa’, books
and other Kenyan souvenirs. The grounds may be rented for wedding
receptions, corporate functions and other events.
Baroness Karen Blixen
The Museum was built in 1912 by Swedish
Engineer Ake Sjogren. Karen and her husband
bought the Museum house in 1917 and it
become the farm house for their 4500 acre farm,
of which 600 acres was used for coffee farming.
Their marriage failed after eight years and in
1921 the Baron moved on and left the running
of the farm to Karen.
Karen lived at the house until her return to Denmark in 1931. The house
farm was bought by Remy Marin, who broke the land into 20 acre parcels
for development. Subsequent development created the present suburb of
Records indicate that a Lt. Col.G. Lloyd, an officer of the British Army
bought the house in 1935 and lived there until his death in 1954, when it
passed to his daughters, Mrs. G. Robersts and Lavender Llyod. A transfer of
title to Mrs. J.P Robson and Mrs L.B. Hyde is in City Hall records in 1956.
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The house was sporadically occupied until purchased in 1964 by the
Danish government and given to the Kenyan government as an
The government set up a college of nutrition and the Museum was initially
used as the principal’s house. In 1985 the shooting of a movie based on
Karen’s autobiography began and the National Museums of Kenya
expressed acquired the house for the purpose of establishing a Museum.
The Museum was opened in 1986.
Distant View of Karen Blixen
Karen also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen
was born at Rungstedlund in Denmark on 17th
of April 1885 as the second child of Wilhelm and
Ingeborg Dinesen’s five children. She came to
Africa in 1914 to marry her half cousin and
carry out dairy farming in the then British Colony of Kenya. Her husband
had however changed his mind and wanted to farm coffee. Her uncle Aage
Westenholz financed the farm and members of both families were share
The coffee farm did not do well, suffering various tragedies including
factory fire and continuous bad harvest. After her divorce, Karen was left to
run the financially troubled farm on her own, a daunting task for a woman
of that generation.
She fell in love with an English man, Denis Finch Hatton, and his death in
Tsavo in 1930 coupled with the failed farming left Karen little choice but to
return to Denmark.
She turned to writing as a career following her departure from Africa and
published to increasing acclaim such works as Seven Gothic Tales(1934)
Out of Africa(1937) and Babette Feat (1950). She died on her family estate,
Rungsted, in 1962 at the age of 77.
Karen Blixen Museum
The Karen Blixen house meets three of the
customary criteria for historical significance.
First, it is associated with the broad historical
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pattern of European settlement and cultivation of East Africa.
Second, it is associated with the life of a person significant to our past as
the home of Baroness Karen Blixen from 1917 -1931. As such, it served as
the setting and basis of her well known book "Out of Africa", written under
the pseudonym Isak Dinesenand as a gathering place for other well known
personalities of the period.
Third, the building embodies the distinctive characteristics of its type,
period and method of construction. The house's architecture is typical of
late 19th century bungalow architecture, including the spacious rooms,
horizontal layout verandas, tile roof and stone construction typical of
scores of residences built throughout European suburbs of Nairobi in early
The chronology of the house begins with its construction in 1912 by the
wealthy Swedish civil engineer, later honorary Swedish consul to Kenya,
It served as the main residence on his Swedo-African coffee company, an
estate of over 6,000 acres. The house was soon visited while on safari by
the Danish count Mojen Frijs, who upon his return to Denmark persuaded
his cousin to seek their fortune in Kenya. Baron Blixen acquired part of the
estate in 1913 and the remainder in1916. Karen Blixen called the house
"Bogani" or "Mbogani" meaning a house in the woods, and occupied it until
By 1985, with renewed interest in Karen Blixen occasioned by the film
production of Out of Africa, an agreement was reach with the collage for the
house to become part of the National Museums of Kenya.
Many pieces of furniture that Karen Blixen sold to Lady McMillan on her
departure were acquired back and constitute
part of the exhibition in the Museum.
The Museum house remains a serene
environment that seems to belong to the past,
surrounded by a tranquil garden and
indigenous forest, with a splendid view of
Karen’s beloved Ngong Hills. ‘I had a farm in
Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills’.
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Bomas of Kenya
A terrific cultural centre
Bomas of Kenya was started by the Government of Kenya in 1971 as wholly
owned subsidiary of the Kenya Tourist Development Cooperation (KTDC).
The Company was established to
Preserve, Maintain and Promote the
Rich Diverse cultural values of
various ethnic groups of Kenya and
to act as a tourist attraction centre
thus Bomas of Kenya is expected to
preserve the authenticity of the
Kenya’s Cultural values and to portray them in the pure form.
At the Bomas of Kenya currently there are forty seven (47) different
traditional dances collected from different tribes of Kenya.
As a duty to create cultural awareness for
current and future generation they have
established special performance for school
children from Nursery to High School level at a
special rate. It also offer services and hire out
facilities that go a long way to help raise the
much needed funds to run and maintain the rich Kenyan culture.
There are two large separate halls accommodating up to 2,500 and 3,000
pax, mini hall for 300 pax.
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Where the Rothschild giraffe was saved from extinction
The Giraffe Centre is located at Langata, approximately 5 kilometres from
the centre of Nairobi. It was established in order to protect the endangered
Rothschild Giraffe, giraffa Camelopardalis
rothschildi that is found only in the grasslands of
The Giraffe Centre was started by Jock Leslie-
Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl,
when he and his wife Betty captured a baby
giraffe to start a programme of breeding giraffe
in captivity at their home in Langata - home of the present centre. Since
then the programme has had huge success, resulting in the introduction of
several breeding pairs of Rothschild Giraffe into Kenyan national parks.
The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised
observation platform. The centre is also home to several warthogs which
freely roam the area along with the giraffes.
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The spectacular 27 meter deep waterfalls at Thika
The Fourteen Falls area is protected and equipped with a picnic site. It has
historical and religious importance both to
the residents and Asian immigrants. The
Asians use the site for recreation and
spiritual rites, disposing of cremated ash in
the river in the belief that it will go all the
way to India through the Indian Ocean,
hence acting as a shrine. Others come for
recreation, retaining the Happy Valley
theme that was first introduced by Lord
Macmillan. Like Lord Macmillan, the
adjacent community, most of whom are scions of the people the adventurer
brought here, still farm the land.
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Kenya Railway Museum
Where tourist can appreciate the history of the city's birth
The Lunatic Express was the name given to a railroad built by the British
colonial government in East Africa during Victorian times. Officially called
the Uganda Railway, it was constructed over the period 1895-1901 from
Mombasa on the Kenyan coast to Lake Victoria in the interior and later
onward to Kampala in Uganda.
The term was first introduced in modern times as the title of a book by
Charles Miller in 1971 (Macmillan) The Lunatic Express, sub-titled “An
Entertainment in Imperialism,” it was also known as the “Lunatic Line” by
the tabloids of the day, and The Iron Snake by the Africans.
It was defended in the British Parliament
by Sir Gerald Portal who felt all the right
reasons were there, the need to ensure
protection of the source of the Nile from
Britain’s enemies, a great potential market
for British goods, the huge traffic expected,
and a revolutionary effect in settling the
Political resistance to this “gigantic folly” surfaced immediately, including
the Liberals pronouncement that the Government had no right to drive a
railway through country owned by the Maasai. And by what right did
England have to assert mastery over thousands upon thousands of
Such arguments along
with the claim that it
would be a waste of
taxpayers’ money were
easily brushed aside by
the Tories. After all if
England were to step
away from its manifest
destiny, they would by
default leave it to other
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nations to take up the work which England would be seen as “…too weak,
too poor, and too cowardly to do ourselves.” Estimated at 3 million pounds
in 1894 or $432 million in today’s currency, when the books were closed in
1902, the final cost was $793 million
Did it deserve to be called the Lunatic Express? The wild nature of it –
shaky looking wooden trestle bridges, enormous chasms, prohibitive cost,
hostile tribes, men dropping by the hundreds from diseases, and man-
eating lions pulling railway workers out of carriages at night – Lunatic
Express seemed to fit.
However, an early traveller, Winston Churchill, had the last say. “The
British art of ‘muddling through,’” he said was “here seen in one of its finest
expositions. Through everything – through the forests, through the ravines,
through troops of marauding lions, through famine, through war, through
five years of excoriating Parliamentary debate, muddled and marched the
The railway is still in use today.
The Rift Valley Railways runs
passenger trains between
Mombasa and Nairobi on behalf
of the Kenya Railways
Corporation – a state regulator.
RVR has recently reopened the
line between Nairobi and
Kisumu near the Kenya-Uganda border. The train to Kisumu usually leaves
in the evening and arrives the following morning after a journey of around
13 to 14 hours.
The Kenya and Ugandan governments
signed a joint agreement to allow
privatization of the line. In September,
2006, the World Bank approved the first
grant ($70 mill.) to help the railway
regain its position as a relevant and
competitive mode of transport.
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The African Paradise
Safari Park Hotel & Casino is part of the leading hotel chain and member of
the Paradise Group. The Paradise Group displays its hospitality in Korea;
Busan, Incheon, Dogo and in Kenya; Nairobi.
Safari Park Hotel and Casino is a destination in a world of its own. A five-
star luxury hotel located 15 minutes
drive from the City Centre, Nairobi. The
Hotel stands in 50 acres of beautifully
manicured gardens and offers a selection
of 205 rooms, decorated and tastefully
furnished with a taste of Africa with
The luxurious rooms have high speed
wireless and cabled internet connectivity,
Safe and 24 hours room service. It’s
considered as the leading leisure and
conference hotel in East and Central Africa and reknown for its
combination of business and relaxation.
The hotel’s five international specialty restaurants offer the finest dining in
Nairobi and are the most inviting, each uniquely decorated in traditional
themes ranging from the Far East to Europe. The Nyama Choma Ranch, the
only African Restaurant in town
and an ideal affordable
stopover for tourists on Safaris
to and from Mt Kenya or post
conference tours. A variety of
great entertainment and leisure
facilities is available; Sensual
Safari Cats dancers & Acrobats,
Paradise Casino, Cats Club
Discotheque and Piano Bar. For
relaxation and rejuvenation, The
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Safari Fitness Centre has ultramodern range of fitness facilities.
The hotel prides in its wide range of contemporary to traditional designed
meeting and banquet venues with capacity for over 1200 delegates. It is the
home for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) market.
For that memorable wedding, ballroom or garden; ceremony, beautiful
reception and to your honeymoon, the hotel is voted as the top wedding
venue in Africa.
For shopping, the hotel is a one stop shop for all African artefacts, jewellery
and fashions from its shopping village and
Paradise gift shop.
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City Market was a vibrant wonderful place to visit - full of colourful crafts
and artefacts with a throng of tourists and locals buying the rich variety of
items for sale. These days the market is
a little less shiny, and some might also
say it seems a little tired. Never-the-
less, it still has a certain charm and for
those looking for African craft items, it
still has a wide variety of artefacts on
The vendors are incredibly friendly
and the building that the market is housed under, is really rather
interesting. A walkway runs around the edge of the two-storey, high arched
ceiling of the main building. It gives a great vantage point, and there are
more kiosks and shops up there, in
addition to the multitude of shops
available downstairs. The market
spreads across quite a range of areas.
There's a fish and meat market, flower
stalls, fruit and vegetable stalls,
Congolese and West African wooden
masks and carvings for sale, there's an
outdoor market, indoor market and all
the usual baskets, wooden and soap stone carvings, jewellery, beaded
sandals, kikois, paintings etc. for sale.
The items are pretty similar to the Masai markets held around the city, but
the experience is usually a little less busy. The main attraction is that it is
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Nairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill, approximately 10
minutes drive from the Nairobi city centre. It is the flagship museum of
NMK, housing some of the most celebrated collections of history, culture
and art from Kenya and East Africa. The museum aims to interpret heritage
of Kenya to stimulate appreciation and learning. This museum is open daily
(including public holidays) from 0830hrs -1730hrs.
The Museum was initiated in 1910 by
the then East Africa and Uganda
Natural History Society [currently the
East African Natural History Society
(EANHS)]. The group consisted mainly
of colonial settlers and naturalists who
needed a place to keep and preserve
their collections of various specimens.
Its first site was at the present Nyayo House in the Nairobi city centre. The
site soon became small and a larger building was put up in 1922 where the
Nairobi Serena Hotel now stands.
In 1929, the colonial government set aside land at the Museum Hill and
construction work started at the current site. It was officially opened in
Sept. 22 1930 and named Coryndon Museum in honour of Sir Robert
Coryndon, one time Governor of Kenya and a staunch supporter of Uganda
Natural History Society. On the attainment of independence in 1963, it was
re-named the National Museum of Kenya
Nairobi Museum closed its doors to the
public for an extensive modernization
and expansion project that is now
complete. The outcome is impressive;
the Nairobi Museum has been
transformed into a magnificent piece of
architecture that puts it in competition
with other world class museums.
The artworks, the materials used in the fabrication of outdoor sculptures,
the landscaping and the botanic gardens, link to the three pillars of Kenya’s
national heritage i.e. nature, culture and history.
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A welcoming ambience of harmony between the galleries, the non gallery
spaces, the museum landscape and its entrances, make museum visits more
The galleries have been reorganised to interpret the heritage of Kenya to
stimulate appreciation and learning. To capture the feel of diversity and
interactivity, there are mixed galleries to show the personality of the new
museum. Under the nature pillar, there are 5 exhibitions. These are Human
origins, Mammalian Radiation, Ecology of Kenya, Natural Diversity and
Geology. Under Culture, the exhibitions include Cycles of Life, Cultural
Dynamism and Creativity. The history pillar has two exhibitions: Kenya
Before 1850 and History of Kenya.
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The Nairobi Arboretum
The Nairobi Arboretum covers some 70 acres, lying between State House
Gardens and the Kirichwa River in Kileleshwa. Begun in 1907 by Mr
Battiscombe of the Forest Department, it was in the early years used for
trials of introduced trees. Later, Mr Gardner brought in many more
ornamental trees from all over the tropical world, especially Australia.
On the original plot there would have
been many indigenous trees and shrubs
which have continued to grow there.
Other native trees were brought in from
other parts of Kenya, even from the
coast. Today we have a rich collection of
plants that attracts birds and butterflies
and even small mammals such as
monkeys and squirrels.
The Arboretum is under the management of the Forestry Department (FD).
It was managed effectively for many decades but from the 1970s until the
early 1990s management levels declined due to increasingly inadequate
The Arboretum has few permanent structures. It holds over 350 species of
indigenous and exotic plants. The diverse vegetation is also home to over
100 species of birds, a population of Sykes and Vervet monkeys, many
butterflies and other small wildlife.
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Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
The name of this park established in 1967, Ol Donyo Sabuk, means large
mountain in Maasai language. It is situated 65 km (40 mi) north of Nairobi
and has an excellent and clear view of Nairobi
and other lowland areas.
Wildlife species that can be spotted here
include buffalo, Colobus monkeys, baboons,
bushbuck, impala, duiker, and abundant birdlife.
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is a common one-
day trip out of Nairobi, only 65 km (40 mi) away.
The mountain is the highest peak in the park, covering 20.7 km2 (8.0 sq mi).
It is particularly attractive for hikers or families wanting some freedom and
exercise, outside their vehicles.
One approach to the park is via the Fourteen Falls on the Athi River. The
park's attraction is its beauty and views of both
Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro
. It teems with game including baboon, Colobus,
bushbuck, impala, duiker and many birds. While
the name "Ol Donyo Sabuk" is Maasai for 'large
mountain', the word Sabuk was mistakenly
thought by many writers to mean "buffalo" whereas in actual fact Maasai
call buffalo Olosowan.
Today, some 250 buffalos roam the slopes. Kikuyu
traditionalists also call the mountain by Kea-Njahe,
known as the 'Mountain of the Big Rain', one of Ngai's
The solitary mountain rises to 2,145 m (7,037 ft) from an otherwise flat
area. The steep ascent requires a 4WD (4X4) vehicle. Near the summit lie
the graves of Sir William Northrup McMillan (1872-1925) and his wife
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The Nairobi Snake Park was started in January, 1961 to meet a popular
attraction and to provide a research facility on reptiles, breeding of snakes.
Live snakes were exhibited on experimental basis at the entrance of the
Museum in 1958 which later became a popular attraction.
When the popularity was noted, a portion of land in front of the Museum
and down to the Nairobi River was acquired by the Museum Trustees for
the development of Botanical gardens and exhibitions on live snakes. This
idea was developed further in 1959, when money was made available for a
combined facility, Snake Park and Snake study centre surrounded by a
botanical garden and war memorial garden on one end.
By the end of 1960, the Snake
Park was almost completed using
funds made available by the War
The Snake Park was opened to the
public in January 1961, as a
centre for snake study before it
transformed into a shelter for
rescued reptiles and amphibians.
It attracted a lot of interest from the public, researchers, conservationist
and educators. Following its closure in August 2008, the snake park
reopened a year later after undergoing a major lift.
During the 2009/2010 financial year, about 123,000 visitors attended the
park. In a bid to serve our visitors better,
public programmes like octopus
exhibition, interactive sessions with
harmless reptiles and amphibians,
exhibition on the birds of the Snake Park
and feeding of crocodiles with live fish.
Audio Visual transmission of information
on exhibitions, are under way. The
aquaria have been modified with a classy touch of beautiful art work for
their finishing. It is your world class tourist destination!
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Currently the Snake Park exhibits
1. Invertebrates like Giant
Snails, Baboon Spider ,Mombasa
Train Millipede, Crayfish,
Freshwater Prawns and
2. Vertebrates like Fishes both
Marine and Fresh water,
Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals.
It is also offering services such as rescue and rehabilitation centre for
reptiles (abandoned, confiscated, illegal collection), dissemination of
information on aquarium fishes and reptiles as well as specialized talks on
To date, Snake Park has continued assisting the city residents of Nairobi in
rescuing their residential areas by removing spotted house snakes and as
well as giving advices on how to reduce possible snakebites within their
homesteads. Snake identification service is also provided.
Located at a serene environment with a spacious compound, the Snake
Park is an ideal place for relaxation by our visitors to enjoy the cool breeze.
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Uhuru Park is a green reserve park amidst vast high-rise development in
the heart of Nairobi-Kenya. It boarders: Ngong road (North) Haille sellasie
Avenue (South) Uhuru Highway (East) and Nyerere road (West).
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Nairobi: Mode of Transports:
Nairobi is the safari capital of Africa; from here excursions and safaris can
be arranged to any reserve or national park in the country.
Nairobi, located 140 kilometres south of the equator, it is the arrival point
for many visitors, and the city is well served by international airlines. A
good road network links the city to other major East African urban centres.
Railways link Nairobi to Mombasa and Kisumu.
A visa can be purchased at the airport, a single Entry Visa will cost US $25
valid for three months and a transit Visa will cost US $20.
Nairobi is well connected to all major destinations to all major destinations
of Europe and Africa. From Europe direct flights are available from cities
like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Madrid,
Moscow, Athens, Rome, and Zurich.
Over thirty international airlines provide scheduled flights to Kenya. Some
of the airlines flying to Nairobi include British Airways, Air France,
Cameroon Airlines, El-Al, Sabena, Air Malawi, Air India, SAS, Lufthansa,
Egypt Air, Ethiopia Airlines, Air Tanzania, Air Mauritius, Japan Airlines, Gulf
Air, Air Madagascar, Iberia, KLM, Aeroflot, Olympic Airways, South African
Airways, Alitalia, Swiss Air, Pakistan International Airlines, among other
Kenya Airways is the national airline for
Kenya and offers a broad range of
destinations in Africa and the world.
Flying time from Europe to Nairobi is
approximately 8 hours and from North
America 16 hours. Additionally, there is
an exit tax on flights out of the country.
Nairobi's main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA:
NBO, ICAO: HKJK) located 15 kms out of the centre of the city via the
Mombasa Highway; it is the largest airport in East and Central Africa. It
offers flights to many destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and
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Wilson is other main airport in Nairobi, located 11 kms from the city's
centre, is the hub for domestic flights throughout Kenya and some flights to
other East African destinations, it is busier than Jomo Kenyatta
BY BUSES AND MATATUS
Kenya has an adequate bus network and Nairobi is the centre of this, there
are many bus companies that have routes going to and from the country's
different cities. Buses and Matatus,
privately owned mini buses, are the most
common and popular form of public
transport in Nairobi.
There are a larger number of long-distance
bus companies that provide transportation
to most urban centres of the country, such
as Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kisii and
Kericho. Bus companies also provide regular service from neighbouring
countries of Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia.
Machakos Country Bus Station is one
of the most important in Nairobi, there
are buses travelling to Western, Nyanza,
Rift Valley and Central Province. There
are other small bus terminals located in
the downtown area of the city centre.
Nairobi was founded as a railway town; this is a good reason to try out this
slow but comfortable mode of transport. The Kenya railway corporation
has railway stations in Nairobi and in most towns in Kenya. There are daily
arrivals and departures at the Nairobi Railway Station, with regular
overnight connection between Nairobi - Mombasa and Nairobi - Kisumu. A
trip on train is an opportunity to view and enjoy the Kenyan sights and
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Facts of Nairobi – Enough to surprise you:
Nairobi is nicknamed the Safari Capital of the World.
Nairobi is also home to the largest ice rink in Africa: the Solar Ice
Rink at the Panari Sky Centre. The rink, opened in 2005, covers
15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) and can accommodate 200 people
Nairobi has the largest Airport in East and Central Africa.
Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current
estimated population of about 3 million.
Nairobi is currently the 13th largest city in Africa, based on
population and fourth largest in infrastructure development and its
Home to many companies and organisations, including the United
Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa
The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa,
ranked fourth in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10
million trades a day
The Globalisation and World Cities Study Group and Network
(GaWC) defines Nairobi as a prominent social centre
Mount Kenya is situated north of Nairobi and Mount Kilimanjaro is
towards the south-east. Both mountains are visible from Nairobi on a
Nairobi enjoys a moderate climate at 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above
The Nairobi province is the smallest in area and is entirely urban. It
has only one local authority, Nairobi City Council.
General Electric, Young & Rubicam, Google, Coca Cola, Zain and Cisco
Systems relocated their African headquarters to the city
The United Nations Office at Nairobi hosts UNEP and UN-Habitat
Kenya Airways, Africa's fourth largest airline, uses Nairobi's Jomo
Kenyatta International Airport as a hub.
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Nairobi has a large tourist industry, being both a tourist destination
and a transport hub
Nairobi has two informal nicknames. The first is "The Green City in
the Sun", which is derived from the city's foliage and warm climate.
The second is the "Safari Capital of the World", which is used due to
Nairobi's prominence as a hub for safari tourism.
Nairobi is East Africa's sporting centre
There are six golf courses within a 20 km radius of Nairobi
The city is also home to East Africa's largest newspapers: the Daily
Nation and The Standard
The Kibera slum in Nairobi, with an estimated population of 170,000
people, is Africa's second largest slum - second only to Khayelitsha, in
South Africa in terms of size and population.. Kibera has been the
setting for several films, the most recent being The Constant
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Nairobi is a paradise for food lovers, there is a large number of places to eat
in and around the city, many of which are unbelievably expensive by local
standards. Nairobi boasts a wide selection of cuisines from all over the
world, the range of cuisines available will fulfil the most demanding diner.
Both the city centre and the suburbs are location to an ever increasing
array of eating places, with a remarkable diversity in cuisine, most are
small hotels that serve food at cheap prices.
There is a group of fast food restaurants on the area of Moi Avenue and
Mama Ngina Street, such as Creamy Inn, Pizza Inn, Nando's and Chicken
Licken, Steers and Wimpy's are two popular burger chains in Nairobi.
Kenchic Inns has the cheapest chicken in town, it is a favourite of the locals
and the chicken is excellent.
A must is the local Kenyan beer Tusker which has won numerous awards
in world beer contests. Other popular beers in Nairobi are White Cap,
Pilsner and Guinness.
Carnivore is a luxury restaurant that serves some of the best meat in the
world, the menu ranges from the normal chicken, pork, lamb and exotic
game meats; since January 2007, the game served is limited to ostrich,
crocodile and camel; there is also an open-air nightclub with live music, the
Address: Off Langata Road.
Telephone: 605933-7 602786
Cuisine Type: Game
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Ibis Grill Restaurant, the restaurant at the historic Norfolk hotel offers an
elegant atmosphere and delicious food, using fresh, local ingredients.
Address: Harry Thuku Rd.
Cuisine Type: Continental
Mandhari Restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in Nairobi, the cooking
style is Continental; the place takes its name from the Swahili word for
"landscape". Mandhari Restaurant is closed on Sundays.
Address: Serena Hotel, Nyerere Road and Kenyatta Avenue.
Telephone: (254) 2 725111, 313800
Cuisine Type: Continental
Haandi Restaurant, has the best Indian food in Nairobi.
Address: The Mall Building Mezzanine Floor Westlands.
Telephone: 254 2 4448294/5
Cuisine Type: Indian
Nairobi Tamarind Restaurant, is elegant and expensive, famous for its
outstanding and memorable fresh seafood, it is the place for sea food
Address: National Bank Building, Harambee Avenue.
Telephone: (020) 251 811/220 473
Cuisine Type: Seafood
Trattoria Restaurant, offers a diverse menu of meat, chicken, pasta and
desserts, fare is excellent.
Address: Corner of Kuanda and Wabera Street, P.O. Box 304473 Nairobi.
Telephone: +254 2-340-855
Cuisine Type: Italian
Panda Chinese Restaurant
Address: Kaunda Street.
Telephone: (020) 213 018 /213 018
Cuisine Type: Chinese
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Tamambo Bar and Grill is part of the Carnivore group.
Address: The Mall, Westlands.
Telephone: (020) 444 8064 / 444 8064
Cuisine Type: Game
Swahili Corner, serves traditional Swahili food.
Address: Koinange Street.
Telephone: (020) 316 854/316 854
Cuisine Type: Kenyan
Thorn Tree Café is a popular meeting place for travellers.
Address: Corner of Kimathi Street and Kenyatta Avenue.
Telephone: 254 226 996
Siam Thai Restaurant, is one of the leading Thai food restaurants.
Address: Unga House, Westlands. P.O. Box 38951 Nairobi.
Telephone: 751 728
Cuisine Type: Thai
CAFES AND SNACKS :
Lamu Cafe, you can enjoy a breakfast buffet consisting in fruit, juice,
cereals, breads, cakes, pancakes, and eggs. The food includes traditional
dishes such as githeri and irio, hamburgers and spaghetti Bolognese are
Address: Moi Avenue.
Cuisine Type: African
Orna's serves excellent Kenya coffee with pastries, pies, and cakes.
Address: ABC Place on Waiyaki Way.
Telephone: +254 2-445 368
Cuisine Type: Bakery
Nairobi Java House, is a very popular local chain of coffee shop, they have
7 different locations and serve excellent selection of coffees, teas, etc at
really decent rates.
Head Office: ABC Place, Off Waiyaki Way.
Telephone: +254 (20) 4452273/4
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Nairobi offers a good selection of opportunities for entertainment, with an
assortment of casinos, nightclubs, and movie theatres. Entrance fees are
Clubs and discotheques in Nairobi don't get busy until around midnight and
don't close until the morning. Some clubs offer live entertainment although
most discos has a DJ. The area of Westlands and the River Road are the
most popular districts with an extensive number of discos, bars and pubs.
Every last Friday of the month, the Daily Nation publishes an important
listing of clubs featuring live music, traditional foods and drinks, it is an
excellent opportunity to see Kenyans unplugged.
Most hotels provide evening recreation, often this will include traditional
tribal dances, Maasai dancers show their athletic skills accompanied with
traditional tribal songs.
Nairobi has interesting discos, bars and clubs including:
Pavement Night Club, is one of the major clubs in Nairobi, with a spacious
floor and offers a wide range of good popular music.
Address: West view Centre, Ring Road Westlands.
Telephone: +254-20-4441711 /4441711
Havana Restaurant & Bar, is a popular Latin style bar.
Address: PO Box 806 Sarit Centre, Nairobi, 00606
New Florida Nightclub, or Mad House, is small but very lively.
Address: Koinange and Banda Streets, PO BOX 42558-00100, Nairobi.
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Simba Saloon, is frequented by expats, tourists, and upper class locals.
Address: Langata Road.
Florida 2000, is the biggest disco in Nairobi, there is great music and a
cabaret show at 01:00 am.
Address: Commerce House, Moi Avenue, PO BOX 55381-00200, Nairobi.
Zanze Bar is frequented by middle class Kenyans, with a good selection of
food and drinks.
Address: Moi Avenue.
Gipsy Bar is a popular venue.
Address: Woodvale Grove, Westlands Shopping Centre.
Telephone: 02 440 964/ 440 964
Other interesting places to have fun and take a drink are: Tusks located in
Gigiri, Lord Delamere Terrace Bar on Harry Thuku Road, Sahara City on
Mombasa Highway, Black Cotton on Langata Road, Club Sikiliza on Limuru
Road, the Green House on Nyangumi Road, Sohos, K1 & K2, Kengeles,
around Westlands. You may also visit Bar Code, Cosmic and Iguanas Bar.
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Nairobi is the best place in East Africa for shopping opportunities. Pieces of
art, jewellery (check out the East African exclusive gem stones Tanzanite
and "Tsavorite"), souvenirs and handicrafts can be found from vendors,
kiosks, boutiques, supermarkets, small shops, department stores and malls.
The best shopping spots are located in Westlands, Parklands and Gigiri.
Never accept the first price, be prepared to haggle hard where possible.
Interesting downtown shops are situated along the Kenyatta Avenue,
Koinange Street, and Kimathi Street, where tourists can found Safari wear,
T-shirts, wood carvings and jewellery.
Maasai Market offers traditional Maasai crafts and curios such as baskets,
beaded jewellery, gourds. It is located near to the Globe Cinema during the
week and at Kenyatta Avenue on weekends. African Flavours' is an
excellent place to sample traditional Kenyan dishes like sukuma wiki, ugali,
githeri and kienyeji.
In Biashara ("Business") Street, many shops deal textiles, kikoys, and
handicrafts, with excellent tailoring services available. The city market on
Muindi Mbingu Street is an interesting place to visit, offers a good range
of meat, fish, fruit, flowers, vegetarian stalls and local handicrafts such as
kiondo (colourful woven sisal bags), jewellery, and carvings.
Uchumi (economy in Swahili) is an important supermarket chain, located
Nakumatt is another chain of supermarkets, provides 24-hour services.
Yaya Centre is a well-known shopping mall located outside of the city
Address: Arwings Kodhek Road, P.O Box 76440 - 00508, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254-20-2713360/1, 3864560
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The Sarit Centre, is a shopping mall where visitors can find clothing,
shipping and Internet services, there are also a movie theatre.
Address: Westlands, Off Waiyaki Way, P.O. Box 14474-00800, Nairobi
Telephone: 254-2-3747408/9, 3748662, 3740329
Village Market, has a wide selection of shops, restaurants, cinemas, even
mini golf courses.
Address: Limuru Road, P.O Box 100 Village Market
African Heritage Centre, where visitors can found handicrafts, artwork
and jewellery from all Africa
Address: African Heritage Bldg, Banda Street
Other important shopping spots are: Zanzibar Curio Shop on Moi Avenue,
Kenafro Antiques and Crafts on Koinange Street, the Ostrich Park in the
Langata area, Zebra Crafts on Koinange Street, Kazuri Beads and Pottery
Centre on Mbagathi Ridge in Karen, Embakasi Village Crafts Market, on the
Shopping is a delight in Nairobi, however, visitors are advised to be vigilant
and keep all valuables in a secure place, generally the city centre is best
avoided unless you do so with a person you know.
Any taxi driver will know the main shopping centres, so getting there is not
Shopping hours: Shops are typically open Monday - Saturday from 08:00
to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18:00.
Note: The sale of souvenirs made of wildlife skins (including reptiles) and
shells is forbidden.
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The following are standard but important safari tips. We offer our visitors a
copy while on safari but you are free to print your own;
Never exchange money on the streets; it is illegal and vulnerable to
Keep your passport, money and other valuables very safely all the
times. Consult your driver any time you want to get out of the car o
safety of your properties;
Do not walk around the towns at night. Please take a taxi and
preferably a branded one. Better still, consult your hotel or safari
Most hotels have international call services. However, expect to pay
an average of 25$ per minute for a long distance calls. For cheaper
options, you can go to an internet cyber cafe and make international
calls through internet phones. The rates are quite competitive; please
consult your guide.
Pack light foods like bottled water, fruit juices, biscuits etc, they
sometimes come in handy during game drives and transits;
Too much heat can cause dehydration, nausea, dizziness and
headaches. We always recommend use of sunscreens and a hat as
well as a strong pair of dark glasses should you find it necessary;
Do not take photographs of the local people without their permission.
When such need arises, kindly consult your tour guide first. Never
take photographs of the military and their camps, policemen in
uniform, the President or Government officials;
At most places, you are likely to be accosted by hawkers, especially
those who sell African crafts. To ensure you get the best bargains,
consult your guide before buying and never feel intimidated into
buying what you don't want or the price you don't like;
Harassment of animals in national parks is disallowed. Also, consult
before disembarking from a vehicle during game drives. In most
cases, this should be only at designated places.
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Some useful links for your travel:
Vacation Rental Search
Which Hotel is near from which Landmark?
Nairobi Railway Museum
Nairobi City Stadium
Nairobi Wilson Airport
Kenya National Theatre
National Assembly Building
Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC)
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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University of Nairobi
Karen Blixen Museum
Moi International Sports Centre
Nairobi National Park
Nyayo National Stadium
If any links are broken, please let me know by email
on traveltourguide [at] gmail [dot] com.
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Some of the Books you could be interested in from
Barnes & Noble for Nairobi. Click on the image or
link to follow your interest.
Protected Areas Established in 1946: Nairobi
Created by Books LLC, Paperback,
Pub by General Books LLC
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers the Asadi
Club in Nairobi is a place where members have
blended the nicest qualities of both native and colonial
cultures into a modern milieu echoing gentler days.
Third-generation member Mr. Malik is an honest,
unassuming man, with a witty little subversive streak
that could get him killed by Kenya's notoriously
corrupt government officials. But Mr. Malik has larger
concerns than his safety. He has fallen for the leader of
his Tuesday morning bird watching walks, the lovely
Rose Mbikwa. Rose is unaware of Mr. Malik's feelings
but cannot help noticing the handsome, brash Harry
Kahn, a former schoolyard nemesis of Malik's who has
returned just in time to squelch Malik's plan to ask
Rose to the annual Hunt Club Ball. Dilemma! Asadi
Club members are firm: only one man may ask Rose to
the dance; for both to do so would put a lady in an awkward position, and that won't do.
What ensues is a bird-logging competition for the right to invite Rose to the ball. But the
brilliance of this little gem of a book is its quiet humour, marvellous narration, and
tender faith in humanity. Readers may laugh in places and feel their hearts jump in
others, but without a doubt, they'll smile all the way through this charming novel, as
delicate and lovely as the East African birds themselves. (Holiday 2008 Selection)
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Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatt
A champion of Africa, legendary for
his good looks, his charm, and his
prowess as a soldier, lover, and hunter,
Denys Finch Hatton inspired Karen
Blixen to write the unforgettable Out
of Africa. Now esteemed British
biographer Sara Wheeler tells the
truth about this extraordinarily
charismatic adventurer. Born to
an old aristocratic family that had
gambled away most of its fortune, Finch Hatton grew up in a world of
effortless elegance and boundless power. In 1910, searching for something
new, he arrived in British East Africa and fell in love with a continent, with
a landscape, with a way of life that was about to change forever. In Nairobi,
Finch Hatton met Karen Blixen and embarked on one of the great love
affairs of the twentieth century. Intellectual equals, Finch Hatton and Blixen
were genuine pioneers in a land that was quickly being transformed by
violence, greed, and bigotry. Ever restless, Finch Hatton wandered into a
career as a big-game hunter and became an expert bush pilot. Mesmerized
all his life by the allure of freedom and danger, Finch Hatton was, writes
Wheeler, the open road made flesh.
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Homeland: An Extraordinary Story of Hope and Survival
Homeland is the remarkable memoir of George
Obama, the youngest son of the Obama clan and
President Obama's Kenyan half-brother. The
father that the brothers shared was as elusive a
figure for George as he had been for Barack
Obama; he died when George was six months
old and George was raised by his mother and
stepfather. But after his mother and stepfather
separated, he drifted into gangs and petty crime.
Arrested for robbery, restless, wilful, and
troubled, he lost himself in Nairobi's vast
Mathare ghetto. After being framed for an armed
robbery he did not commit and spending time in jail, he represented
himself at trial and won the case. Vowing to turn his life around, he finished
his education and set up the George Hussein Obama Homeland Foundation
to help street kids overcome the miseries surrounding them. George
Obama's story describes his unique struggles with family, tribe,
inheritance, and redemption and the seminal influence his brother had on
his own future.
The Constant Gardener.
Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely
calibrated, John le Carr's new novel opens with
the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful
Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake
Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative
African lover and travelling companion, a doctor
with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from
the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older
husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British
High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a
personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and
their motive. A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of
ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carr portrays, in The
Constant Gardener, the dark side of unbridled capitalism. His eighteenth
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novel is also the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates.
Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly
oblivious to his wife's cause, discovers his own resources and the
extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love. The
Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by
one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.
The Field Guide to Safari Animals
Young explorers embark on the safari
adventure of a lifetime with this fabulous faux-
journal, written in 1924 by fictional naturalist
Rebecca Mayhew. Through her journal entries,
youngsters accompany Mayhew as she explores
mysterious Africa, from tracking lions in Nairobi
to watching white rhinos in Pretoria to
marvelling at the birth of a baby giraffe in
Botswana. Each info-packed page is filled with
stunning photographs, colorful maps and
illustrations, and fascinating facts about African
animals and their environment. At the journey s
end, children can assemble the eight animals
from 59 included die-cut pieces and then display them on a gorgeous, removable 3-D diorama.
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