Towns & Cities.
City in the sun
Nairobi - a British railroad camp set up in 1899, can proudly call itself the most important City in East Africa. In its beginning it was simply called ‘Mile 327’ and was a basic camp and supply depot of the Kenya-Uganda railway line. where Craftsmen, and Indian businessmen gathered. Soon thereafter, English farmers and adventurers followed.
Nairobi got its name from The local Maasai who called this highland swamp "Enkare Nyrobe" – which means the place of cool water in Maasai.
Nairobi has risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited swampland to a thriving modern cosmopolitan capital city with over 3 million inhabitants, modern architecture, boulevards and parks. It became the seat of government for British East Africa in 1908 and only had 12000 inhabitants.
It was soon an important centre for the colony and a mecca for adventurers, hunters and travellers from all over the world. Today Nairobi hosts the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, an international air transport turnstile and the gateway to most of East and Central Africa. In 1972, the 27-floor Kenyatta International Conference Centre became one of the City's landmarks.
Nairobi is rich in history and has not lost its sense of the past.
The old Norfolk Hotel is to this day the epitome of a safari hotel. Safari participants have been staying there since 1904. In addition, there is the pavement Thorn Tree Cafe of the traditional Stanley Hotel where travellers frequented to exchange tips and stories of their adventures on the travellers notice board!
Original Documents on the city's history can be viewed at The National Museum of Kenya which has an excellent pre- history and natural history collection. It is open daily from 9.30-18.00 hours, The Railway Museum which is famous for its collection of data and artifacts of the historic railway and many a memoirs of nostalgic trips of the early travellers, The Karen Blixen Museum which is of current interest because of the world famous film of the book "Out of Africa".
Nairobi is still the safari capital of the Africa!
It is the only city with a Game Park - The Nairobi National Park. This is indicative of just how very near the wilderness was to the infant Nairobi. The Park, 113 sq Kms of plains, cliffs and forest is home to large herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe and more. Rhino, Cheetah, and a large number of Lions are all found here, living wild within 20 minutes of the centre of town.
There is a educative Animal Orphanage an Safari Walk at the main entrance to the park.
The Snake Park near the National Museum and the Arboretum with 270 different kinds of trees, are equally interesting. Wilson Airport is the starting point for safari and inland flights of the small charter lines.
Nairobi is a place of great contrasts where race, tribe and origin all become facets of a unique Nairobi character. From wildlife to nightlife, Nairobi is a city unlike any other. With a fantastic music scene, excellent international restaurants and accommodations, an endless and colourful array of shops and markets, Conference and Convention Centres, World Class Sports facilities and Educational institutions, there is plenty on offer for the visitor, be it business or pleasure!
"Sun, Sand and Fun"
Mombasa is a place steeped in history, yet at the same time a fascinating commercial and cosmopolitan port town. Mombasa is an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The town over looks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows.
The true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, among the narrow winding streets and Arab architecture. The air here is always heavy with the scent of spices. Women wearing the traditional bui bui fill the narrow streets and busy markets.
At the dhow docks fresh fish and goods from all along the coast arrive daily. The streets are alive with the bright colours of the traditional coastal khanga and kikoy, the all purpose wrap around cloth worn by both men and women.
At the waters edge is Fort Jesus, an imposing fort that stands watch over the harbor.
The high gun turrets, battlements and underground passages of this 16th Century Fort where the centre of a historic struggle for control of the Kenya coast between the Portuguese army and the Shirazi Arabs.
This war was waged around Mombasa over hundreds of years and countless battles, and the Fort stands as a testament to this tumultuous past.
Modern Mombasa is a city of great diversity and life..
This is a town were all are welcomed and quickly absorbed into this great coastal melting pot. Mosques, Hindu Temples and Christian churches surround streets that thrive with a world of cultures.
Mombasa is a place where both history and progress are greatly valued, where a busy harbor existence is lived at its own unique, tropical pace.
Mombasa is the Gateway to Kenya's warm, sandy Beach Resorts. From World class Beach Hotels and Resorts to Rustic Eco Lodges and Beach Cottages, Mombasa is the ideal spot for a perfect coastal retreat and exciting adventures.