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  2. 2. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 considerable.` 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 2
  3. 3. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 and Arabic). Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 3
  4. 4. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 English. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 4
  5. 5. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 tourist. Some of the interesting places to visit in Nairobi Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 5
  6. 6. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Kenyatta Avenue 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 era. 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 6
  7. 7. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 park. 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 manmade dams help to attract the variety of animal species found roaming about. In the distance, the skyscrapers of Nairobi can be seen, which reminds you of just how close you are to the city. There is an electrical fence on designated 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 7
  8. 8. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 cute. 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 trips. 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 8
  9. 9. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 same title. 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 Karen. 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 9
  10. 10. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide The house was sporadically occupied until purchased in 1964 by the Danish government and given to the Kenyan government as an independence gift. 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 holders. 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 Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 10
  11. 11. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 decades. The chronology of the house begins with its construction in 1912 by the wealthy Swedish civil engineer, later honorary Swedish consul to Kenya, Ake Sjogren. 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 1931. 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’. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 11
  12. 12. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 12
  13. 13. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Giraffe Centre 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 East Africa. 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 13
  14. 14. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Fourteen falls 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 14
  15. 15. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 region. 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 unlettered African tribesmen? 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 Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 15
  16. 16. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 railway.” 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 16
  17. 17. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Safari Park 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 private rear and front balconies. 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 Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 17
  18. 18. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 18
  19. 19. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide City Market 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 offer. 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 open 24/7. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 19
  20. 20. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide National Museum 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 (NMK). 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 20
  21. 21. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide A welcoming ambience of harmony between the galleries, the non gallery spaces, the museum landscape and its entrances, make museum visits more exciting. 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 21
  22. 22. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 government funding. 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 22
  23. 23. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 lesser homes. 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 Lady Lucie. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 23
  24. 24. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Snake Park 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 Memorial Committee. 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! Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 24
  25. 25. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Currently the Snake Park exhibits major groups, 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 the same. 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 25
  26. 26. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Uhuru Park 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). Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 26
  27. 27. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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. BY AIR 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 airlines. 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 Asia. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 27
  28. 28. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 International Airport. 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. BY TRAIN 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 scenes. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 28
  29. 29. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 size  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 clear day  Nairobi enjoys a moderate climate at 1,795 metres (5,889 ft) above sea level  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 headquarters  Kenya Airways, Africa's fourth largest airline, uses Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as a hub. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 29
  30. 30. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide  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 Gardener. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 30
  31. 31. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Food eaters 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. RESTAURANTS: 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 Simba Saloon. Address: Off Langata Road. Telephone: 605933-7 602786 Cuisine Type: Game Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 31
  32. 32. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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. Telephone: +254-(0)-20-2216940 +254-(0)-20-2216940 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 enthusiasts. 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 Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 32
  33. 33. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 served also. 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 Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 33
  34. 34. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Entertainment: Nairobi offers a good selection of opportunities for entertainment, with an assortment of casinos, nightclubs, and movie theatres. Entrance fees are reasonable. 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 Telephone: +254-020-450653/4450653 0720-452893/452893 New Florida Nightclub, or Mad House, is small but very lively. Address: Koinange and Banda Streets, PO BOX 42558-00100, Nairobi. Telephone: +254-020-219150/215014 Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 34
  35. 35. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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. Telephone: +254-020-217269/229036 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 35
  36. 36. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Shopping? 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 throughout Nairobi, Nakumatt is another chain of supermarkets, provides 24-hour services. Yaya Centre is a well-known shopping mall located outside of the city centre. Address: Arwings Kodhek Road, P.O Box 76440 - 00508, Nairobi, Kenya Telephone: +254-20-2713360/1, 3864560 Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 36
  37. 37. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 Telephone: +254-20-520361/522488/89/90 African Heritage Centre, where visitors can found handicrafts, artwork and jewellery from all Africa Address: African Heritage Bldg, Banda Street Telephone: 337507 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 Mombasa Road, 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 a problem. 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 37
  38. 38. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Safari Tips 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 fraud;  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 guide;  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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 38
  39. 39. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Some useful links for your travel: Hotel Search Vacation Rental Search Rebates Air Search Car Search Which Hotel is near from which Landmark? Times Tower Nairobi Railway Museum Nairobi City Stadium Nairobi Wilson Airport Central Park Kenya National Theatre City Square National Assembly Building Teleposta Towers City Hall Kenyatta Mausoleum City Market Kenyatta University Arboretum Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 39
  40. 40. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide University of Nairobi Karen Blixen Museum Moi International Sports Centre Giraffe Centre Jeevanjee Gardens Parliament Building City Centre Uhuru Park Strathmore University Nairobi National Park Nyayo National Stadium If any links are broken, please let me know by email on traveltourguide [at] gmail [dot] com. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 40
  41. 41. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide I have tried to keep all the information intact as far as I am aware. I will really appreciate any monetary HELP from you to get me fulfil my endeavours of writing another eBook on several other topics on Wildlife. You could be one of them who helped me to encourage write this particular book and helped monetized and market this product of mine. My upcoming editions are: Travel Tour Guide for Mombasa Western Kenya Nairobi National Park Masai Mara Game Reserve Tsavo National Park Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro ...and many others to follow Thank you and Have a Life full of achievable dreams and goals. Please PAY HERE willingly. Help me to Help a Child. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 41
  42. 42. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 National Park Created by Books LLC, Paperback, English-language edition, Pages: 46 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) Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 42
  43. 43. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 43
  44. 44. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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 Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 44
  45. 45. Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide 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. ---------------x--------------- Nairobi – Travel Tour Guide Page 45