Nairobi is a city that never sleeps. The entire town hums with energy, full of people from all over the world. The intersection of different races, cultures, languages, and backgrounds creates a unique experience for everyone who visits. What is the same for every visitor, however, are the friendly, welcoming smiles of the locals, all eager to create an unforgettable experience.
Nairobi’s beauty is unparalleled. As the only city in the world to have a national park in right at its center, visitors to Nairobi National Park can view the Athi River Plain,a vast swath of savannah that once stretched uninhibited from Nairobi to the border with Tanzania. You can also get a taste of the unique wildlife of Africa in the park, including lions, elephants, cape buffalo, leopards, and rhinos.
The concrete jungle of Nairobi’s streets also offer their own spectacular views. As you traverse the city, you will notice matatus everywhere. These are usually minibuses, decked out in bright colors with the likenesses of well-known celebrities adorning the side. Matatus are the primary manner of transportation, but with the introduction of services like Uber and Taxify, accessibility to all the city has to offer has only gone up. You will also notice motorbikes, daringly weaving between the traffic. Truly, navigating the streets of Nairobi is not for the faint-hearted!
Even in a new place, there will be some familiar sights. Kibanda and Nyama Choma joints, as well as fast food restaurants such as KFC and McDonald’s, dot the city streets, and multi-level shopping malls and supermarkets are everywhere. If you want a truly unique Nairobi experience, you can make your way to an open-air market and haggle prices with the vendors. Nairobi is also very well-connected. As the capital of Africa’s most technologically-advanced country, WiFi is available practically everywhere you go, with some matatus even having a network up and running for commuters to enjoy.
Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is a well-established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is Africa’s second-oldest and fourth-largest exchange in terms of trading volume, capable of making 10 million trades a day. Nairobi is a center of opportunity not only in terms of business, but also in education. Many of the country’s best public and privateschools are located within the city, offering a world-class education to the bright young minds of tomorrow’s leaders.
Though you may be a stranger in a strange place, the people of Nairobi are eager to welcome you. The friendly locals will make you feel like you belong to a place you’ve never visited before; you can barely go half an hour sitting alone at a restaurant without a stranger coming over to ask if everything’s okay.
The city is constantly growing outward and upward, cementing itself as a true center of the world.