Nairobi is Kenya’s capital city. In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras and lions. Next to it is a well-regarded elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nairobi is also often used as a jumping-off point for safari trips elsewhere in Kenya.
In the city center, towers like the cylindrical KICC, home to the convention center, rise near attractions like the Nairobi National Museum, devoted to Kenyan art, artifacts, wildlife and early hominids. In upscale suburban Langata, the Giraffe Centre sanctuary features a hand-feeding platform. The Karen Blixen Museum, in the “Out of Africa” author’s preserved
colonial home, stands on the former farm that’s now an affluent suburb called Karen. The Bomas of Kenya cultural center, with huts representing Kenya’s major ethnic groups, offers a look at traditional tribal life. Tribal arts and crafts are sold at the roving Maasai Market.
- there is a large migration of wildebeests and zebras into the Masai Mara Jul–Oct.
- Some hotels may close during the main rainy season (Apr–May),
- there is also a shorter rainy season in Nov.
- Migratory birds may be present Sep–Apr.
- Popular events are the East African Arts Festival (Mar), with displays of art and architecture;
- the Kenya Open Golf Championship (Apr).
- the Rhino Charge 4×4 vehicle race (May/Jun).