The Heron Portico, Nairobi
Kenya's capital city has risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited swampland to a thriving modern capital. The local Maasai called this highland swamp Ewaso Nai'beri - the place of cold water. When railway construction workers reached this area in 1899, they set up a basic camp and supply depot, simply called 'Mile 327'. The camp became a rustic village, and then a shanty town, which by 1907 was the capital of all of British East Africa. It was soon an important centre for the colony and a mecca for adventurers, hunters and travellers from all over the world.
Modern Nairobi is still the safari capital of Africa, but the modern world has quickly caught up with the city. A frontier town no more, Nairobi has become one of Africa's largest, and most interesting cities. Nairobi is a city that never seems to sleep.
Weekly Air India flights connect Mumbai and Nairobi. The hotel is located at a distance of 3 km from the city centre and about 18 km from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Railways link Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city, on the Indian Ocean and Kisumu, the third largest city, on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Nairobi is connected by paved roads to Kenya's other major urban centres such as Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Kisii and Kericho. A paved road also links Nairobi to northern Tanzania's major tourist, agricultural, and commercial centre, Arusha.
Nearby places of interest
The Nairobi National Park is unique in being the only game-reserve of this nature to border a capital city, or any major city. It is teeming with game and contains almost everything you might see in bigger more remote parks, except elephants.
The Nairobi National Museum is the country's National Museum and largest in the city. It houses a large collection of artefacts portraying Kenya's rich heritage through history, nature, culture, and contemporary art. It also includes the full remains of a homo erectus popularly known as the Turkana boy. Other prominent museums include the Nairobi Gallery.
Nairobi Railway Museum is home to a collection of photographs from the construction of the railway linking the East African coastal town of Mombasa to the town of Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria at the beginning of the 20th century period, including a picture history of Nairobi from its infancy, and images of other occurrences and milestones during the railway construction.
The Museum also has a yard with exhibits of the different steam engine locomotives used on the railway system from 1898 when the first train set off on its maiden voyage from Mombasa.
Karen Blixen Museum is located in the affluent Karen suburb. For anyone with an interest in Karen Blixen's book, Out of Africa or the subsequent film, this museum is a must see. The author lived on a coffee estate in a house known as Bogani from 1914 until 1931.
This area has now developed into the modern suburb of Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi. The house is now a National Museum, and is maintained for visitors in its original condition.