Nairobi Montage
A view of Nairobi.

Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya.Its name comes from The Masai word 'Enkare Nyorobi' meaning 'place of cool waters' It is far from the coastline of Kenya. About three million people live there. The city was founded in 1899 as a railway depot linking Uganda to Mombasa. Nairobi is the fourth largest city in Africa. Nairobi is also very sunny at most times. Nairobi is a good place in to go for a ride in a car, although traffic is often bad. There are several popular shopping malls, including the Yaya Center,The Thika Road Mall, The Hub Karen, Junction Mall, the Village Market, and the Sarit Center. The Israeli owned, Westgate Mall was another popular destination until it was attacked by al Shaabab terrorists in 2013.

Nairobi has become very highly populated due to high rural to urban migration rates. Violent crime is also fairly common in many areas, leading to the nickname "Nairobbery."


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