Nairobi (which means cool waters in the Maasai language) was founded in 1899 as a railway camp. Today it is rather westernized, one of Africa's major cities (and the U.N.'s fourth World Centre) and is the capital of Kenya. Rapid development has created a buzzing commercial atmosphere which necessitates keeping your wits about you to avoid purse snatchers and the like. The National Museum offers ... read more
some interesting education, but most travellers pass through Nairobi as a gateway to the National Parks and wildlife encounter/safari experiences which are just outside the city.