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Nairobi & Central Kenya, Kenya

Positioned between Somalia and Tanzania in Eastern Africa and founded by the colonial authorities as a rail depot on the Uganda Railway, Nairobi only officially obtained city status in 1954, but it's growth and development since then has been rapid. At just under 6000 feet absl the capital of Kenya is now a thriving metropolis. While its name comes from a Maasai phrase meaning 'he place of cool waters', Nairobi is more commonly referred to as the 'Green City in the Sun'.

As the main access point into East Africa, most visitors to Nairobi tend to spend just one night here before or at the end of a safari. There's plenty to occupy you - the city has not lost its sense of the past, with an excellent museum and the historical home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa open to visitors. Just outside the city is Nairobi National Park, 113 sq kms of plains, cliffs and forest. The park 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. A visit to the Giraffe Centre, run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife is recommended if you fancy feeding Rothschild giraffe and learning about giraffe conservation.

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