Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and its
surrounding area also form the Nairobi Province. The name "Nairobi"
comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun".
The site of modern Nairobi was a watering hole for Maasai pastoralists
until 1899, when British engineers building a railway from Mombassa to
Uganda chose it as a supply depot. Nairobi's relatively cool climate
and abundant game made it a favorite of hunters and British travelers.
The settlement became a colonial capital and the manufacturing and commercial center of East Africa.
Kenya's capital is cosmopolitan, lively, interesting and pleasantly
landscaped. Its central business district is handily compact and it's a
great place to tune into modern urban African life.
At 5,449 ft) above sea level,
Nairobi enjoys a fairly moderate climate. The altitude makes for some
chilly evenings, especially in the June/July season when the
temperature can drop to 10 °C (50 °F). The sunniest and warmest parts
of the year are from December to March, when temperatures average the
mid-twenties during the day. The mean maximum temperature for this
period is 24 °C (75 °F)
Nairobi, Kenya Fast Facts
Population City proper 2,143,254
Metro area 2,818,000
Elevation 1,729 meters (5,672 feet)
Temperature January 25°/12°C (77°/54°F); July 21°/11°C (70°/52°F)
Average daily High/Low °C (°F)
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