Nairobi is the Capital of Kenya and the largest city in East Africa. The City has a population of more than three million people. The population growth can be attributed mainly to increase in rural-urban migration and high birth rates. Nairobi was established about a century ago as a supply point for railway builders. The City flourished to become the capital of the British Protectorate.
Nairobi currently faces major problems mainly due to high crime rates. The city was rated as one of the most dangerous in the world by the United Nations. Nairobi is however a prominent international capital. The City is one of the headquarters for the United Nations; home to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). It is also home to the Kenyan Parliament and the State House.
Transport in Nairobi:
Nairobi is a congested city and during peak hours, roads are jammed with traffic. Public transport consists of matatus and buses. There is a rail link to Mombasa and western Kenya. The City is served by the Jomo Kenyatta Airport and Wilson Airports.
Nairobi has a number of interesting places to visit such as the Nairobi National Park and Animal Orphanage in Langata. Other interesting sights are; the Animal Orphanage, Giraffe Center, Bomas of Kenya, the National Archives, the National Museum and the Kenya National Theater.
Hotels in Nairobi:
As a major tourism and travel destination, Nairobi has some of the best hotels in East Africa. Hotel accommodation in the city is plentiful and there are a number of quality budget and luxury establishments. Popular hotels include;
The Grand Regency Hotel:
Situated in the city center at the corner of Uhuru Highway and Loita Street; the Grand Regency is one of Nairobi’s premier establishments. A five star hotel, the Grand Regency offers a wide range of amenities including; ballrooms, restaurants, bars, conference rooms, fitness center, swimming pool, casino and shops.
The Nairobi Safari Club:
Another of the City’s five star hotels, the Nairobi Safar club is located near the CBD, at the corner of University way and Koinange Street. The Hotel offers a wide range of amenities and services including; restaurants, bars, conference facilities, a fitness center and swimming pool.
The Nairobi Serena Hotel:
A member of the Serena Chain of Hotels, the Nairobi Serena is situated on Kenyatta Avenue and is regarded as one of the most popular hotels in the city.
The Hilton Hotel Nairobi:
Situated in the city centre, the Hilton Hotel Nairobi is a popular five star establishment and one of the City’s landmarks.
Other popular hotels are; the Windsor Golf and Country Club, The Stanley, The Holiday Inn Nairobi Mayfair Court.