Nairobi, modern capital in the heart of the wilderness
In the heart of East Africa, Kenya and the capital Nairobi will satisfy all travellers looking for nature, freedom and History.
As a cosmopolitan metropolis of more than three million inhabitants, Nairobi's dynamism and striking contrasts keep fascinating travellers. Modernity and wilderness co-exist in pure harmony. On one hand, downtown and the business district, its skyscrapers, cultural institutions, restaurants serving local specialities and famous nightlife will all satisfy your craving for discoveries. On the other hand, Nairobi's national park, the oldest in the country – where lions, leopards, antelopes, rhinos and buffalos roam – will grant your wish for an authentic getaway.
In order to explore Nairobi's treasures, you will need several days on site. Take some time to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant's orphanage, the Giraffe Centre, the Maasai market where you'll find local craftsmanship, as well as author Karen Blixen's ancient farming property. In the palaeoanthropology department of the National Museum, you'll travel back to the origins of man: since scientists have revealed several-million-year-old hominids' bones in the Turkana lake region, Kenya now owns the coveted “cradle of humanity” title.
The mention of Kenya's name conveys images of safaris and vast steppes scorched by the sun. But Kenyan landscapes are not strictly limited to the savannah. From the Great Rift Valley to the Lamu Archipelago, the shores of Lake Victoria, the lush and green forests of the White Highlands and the northern deserts, there is little doubt you will be amazed by such variety. As for the Mount Kenya, 200 kilometres away from the capital, it will fill mountain-climbers and snow enthusiasts with excitement.