Who Say Life in Nairobi Can’t be Exciting?
Living in Nairobi is an exciting experience. “The City Under The Sun” It is not just the capital of Kenya, but also the “Safari Capital of the World”. While there are lots of opportunities for tourism, this is not what daily life of Nairobians is about. I have seen culture, healthcare, and schools here.
While living in Nairobi, you will experience everyday life in East Africa’s largest, most modern, and fastest-growing capital city. Nairobi is a study in contrasts, Kenyan society grapples with poverty and inequality in the distribution of wealth and income. For the urban poor, living in Nairobi means dwelling in slums and shantytowns. Political rally and demos are a common thing and the main stream people will attend their duties as usual. While street circus performers openly dance to the gathering crowds.
However, the city is also home to Kenya’s elite and to the steadily growing middle class with their increasing affluence and leisure time. Tourism is an important source of income for many people living in Nairobi. Thus, there are plenty of amenities to suit everyone’s taste, and wallet. Life in Nairobi includes some surprisingly expensive pastimes, provided you can afford them.
For most expats living in Nairobi, planning their “time out” in the city first involves its best known attraction to mankind, the wildlife that abounds in the Nairobi national park located on the outskirts of the city. There, you can observe gazelles, buffaloes, and wildebeests against the distant backdrop of high-rise buildings. The giraffe centre provides you with the opportunity to get up close and personal with these surprisingly graceful, long-legged creatures.
Baby elephants and tiny rhinoceroses, offer you a lifetime memory should you pay a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Also, the East Africa Natural History Society it also goes by the name of “Nature Kenya’ regularly organizes nature walks and bird-watching trips through the Nairobi Arboretum. Nature Kenya is involved in the conservationist movement and in promoting sustainable tourism that benefits the local population.
Of worthy mention are the traditional dance and circus performers at the Bomas of Kenya, the village is a good starting point. The location preserves and showcases the heritage of Kenya’s various ethnicities, including displays of various traditional villages. It is rather touristy, but it serves as a first impression of life in rural Kenya rather than life in Nairobi.
A tour around the city gives visitors a glimpse of Kenya’s regions and offers an additional income to Kenyan residents. If you have never been to Eastern Africa, you might want to look into such a tour, which is not only educational for you, but also benefits the local Kenyan community.
Nairobi offers a plethora of entertaining opportunities to all visitors thanks to the marvelous nature and the rich Kenyan culture. However it is of crucial importance to get the recommended vaccinations, before boarding that plane healthcare should be preferably private.