Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. The largest and most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 4.5 million, Nairobi started life as a railways depot in 1899. Today, the city skyline is dominated by modern high rise buildings and is a tourism and trade hub. Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. A vibrant city with a mix of races and cultures, providing the visitor with several sightseeing options such as museums, a national park, golf courses, resorts and posh night clubs. Nairobi is one of the leading cities in Africa.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is renowned for its large elephant population, including some impressively tusked bulls drawn to a series of large, lush swamplands. This area is home to many Maasai communities centered on the park. It has an area of 400 kms², with its southern boundary along the Tanzanian border. Here you may have the opportunity to observe herds of wildebeest, zebra and impala graze on the open plains. There are areas of acacia forest that make for good birding and are home to many small mammals. Cheetahs are also often sighted in the park. The main feature dominating the Amboseli plains is the Mount Kilimanjaro. With its peak at 5895m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in Africa. On a clear sky and often in the morning, visitors are rewarded with magnificent views of its snow capped summits.
Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West National Park covers 7065 km2, approximately 30% of Kenya’s area under parks, and contains a diversity of habitats, wildlife and a mountainous scenic landscape. The park is a vast expanse of savanna stretching from Mtito Andei, along the Mombasa-Nairobi road and south to the Tanzanian border. The North Eastern boundary along the Highway adjoins Tsavo East National Park, but Tsavo West has a more varied topography and a more diverse array of habitats than its neighbour. The park’s habitats include open plains alternating with Savannah bush and semi desert scrub, acacia woodlands; rocky ridges and outcrops and more extensive ranges and isolated hills; belts of riverine vegetation; palm thickets and on the Chyulu hills, mountain forest. There are numerous rocky outcrops and ridges and part of the park, towards the Chyulu Hills, is of recent volcanic origin with lava flows and ash cones including the Shetani lava flow, an example of a recent volacano. In the far south western corner on the Kenya Tanzania border is Lake Jipe, part of which is in the park. This very attractive lake is fed by runoff from Mount Kilimanjaro and the North Pare mountains. At Mzima Springs, water that has filtered underground from the Chyulu Hills gushes from below a lava ridge into a series of clear pools.
Majority of the Mombasa population comprise of Muslims or Swahili people, wherein the majority constitutes the migrants and merchants from countries like Iran, Middle East, Somalia and the Indian sub-continent who came and settled there. The town overlooks a large harbor, where commercial shipping blend with long-established sailing dhows. What actually attract people from distant land to this island is the striking old town and its splendid Arab architecture. The narrow snaky streets, the air often filled with the scent of spices, the local Men & women wrapped in bright colored coastal wears ‘khanga’ and ‘kikoy & women wearing the traditional outfit-‘bui bui and the active markets flooded with fresh fish of the coast is the normal scene that a foreigner get to see on his/her first visit.