Nairobi, the Capital of Kenya, is no doubt, one of the most exciting cities in East Africa. The city boasts amazing people, mouth-watering dishes and rich cultural heritage and history.
With its sprawling vegetation, natural endowments, and a network of solid roads, Nairobi is a destination of choice for most tourists.
The Megacity is adjacent to the eastern edge of the Rift Valley, and to the west of the city, are The Ngong Hills. Mount Kenya is situated north of Nairobi, and Mount Kilimanjaro is towards the south-east.
It is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3.5 million, making it the 14th largest city in Africa.
The arrival point for many visitors, it is well served by international airlines, and a regional road network linking it to other major East African urban centers.
Plus News reporter and photographer, Ichuma Constance Asere, is currently in Nairobi. She had a moment around the City and took the beautiful pictures of Nairobi below that will certainly amaze you and even make you have a second thought about the City.
Truth is, there is no much difference between these photos and the pictures of London and some other big cities around the world. With these pictures, you can’t stop agreeing more that Africa is blessed, and if you are from Kenya or East Africa, then you have something to be proud of.
It is an icon and landmark for Kenya. KICC boasts of being the leading facility in the meetings industry in East Africa and has held quite a number of regional and international conferences like the World Bank Conference in 1973, Inter-parliamentary Union summit in 2008, other UN based conferences, 8th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to name a few.
It offers some beautiful getaways from the busy city life. The Uhuru Park (“Nairobi’s Central Park”) is a vibrant park that echoes the city’s old slogan ‘The Green City in the Sun’.
Nairobi residents, tourists, students and business people from all walks of life visit the park everyday for picnics, study, rest and a host of other activities. The serene park is a great place to take a breath, read a book or catch up with family and friends.
The City is connected by tarmacked roads to Kenya’s other major urban centers, such as Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret and among others. Most roads are well lit and surfaced with adequate signage and seek to ease congestion in Nairobi’s downtown area and the surrounding suburbs.
City Hall houses the main offices of the Nairobi City Council. lt was constructed in the 1950s. At that time it was the tallest building in Nairobi, with its clock tower standing at 165 ft high. The building was expanded in 1981 with the addition of the 13-storey City Hall Annex.
This is the seat of the Kenyan Parliament. The buildings were constructed in 1954 and the home of the colonial legislature of the Kenya Colony, the Legislative Council of Kenya, which sat there until 1963, when the council was replaced by the National Assembly. The Parliament has an English-style clocktower.
My next visit will be downtown Nairobi, once the center for government, institutional and private office space is now a bustling shopping district where local and international brands compete for Kenya’s growing middle class.