Nairobi City, Kenya
Nairobi City is Kenya’s capital. Nairobi is located in Kenya’s South Central region and serves as the commercial, entertainment and political hub of Kenya. Nairobi is also arguably the commercial capital of the Larger East Africa Region. The city also serves as the capital of Nairobi County, one of the 47 administrative counties of Kenya.
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
Nairobi constitutes a larger metropolis area that spreads into Neighboring counties : Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru and Murang’a counties.
Nairobi : Name Etymology
The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase ‘Enkare Nyrobi‘, which translates to “cool water”. The area Nairobi currently occupies was essentially uninhabited swamp until a supply depot of the Uganda Railway was built by the British in 1899 linking Mombasa to Uganda.
Nairobi is home of the Kenyan Parliament Buildings and hosts thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 1000 major international companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON).
Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second-oldest exchange on the continent. It is Africa’s fourth-largest exchange in terms of trading volume, capable of making 10 million trades a day. It also contains the Nairobi National Park. Nairobi joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities