Known as the safari capital of Africa, Nairobi is Kenya's beating heart; an exciting, maddening concrete jungle that jarringly counterpoints the untrammelled natural beauty to be found elsewhere in the country.
The city's charms include an energetic cultural life, fabulous places to eat and exciting nightlife. However, with a fabulous national park on its doorstep, some wildlife-centric attractions, the excellent National Museum and a series of quirky sights, Nairobi's reality often comes as a pleasant surprise.
Nairobi National Park is perhaps the only wildlife park in the world that you can visit by taxi or bus. Inside are lions, cheetahs, leopards, buffaloes, hippos, zebras, giraffes, gazelles and more. This is a place of great contrasts where race, tribe and origin all become facets of a unique Nairobi character.