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Nairobi - the capital city of Kenya has about 2.5 million inhabitants. In the small centre of the city surrounded by trees, old colonial buildings stand next to skyscrapers. In the suburbs, there are elegant houses with gardens. Between the centre of the city and rich suburbs, vast districts of tenement-houses were built to liquidate slums. Nevertheless, new slums are being built every day around these houses.
Nairobi is for sure the most modern city of black Africa. For the majority of tourists Nairobi is a convenient stop between the airport and national parks.
This is a list of places which are worth seeing while visiting the city:
Gallery Watatu - one of the best galleries where visitors can see and buy authentic works of art. About 30 artists from Africa displays their works on collective exhibitions here. Individual exhibitions of sculpture and paintings are also organized here.
Parliament Building - is not attractive from the outside, but the interior is more impressive. Visitors can see here a collection of 49 tapestries displayed by the East Africa Women's League showing the colonial history of Kenya.
The Payapaa Arts Center - founded by one of the main artists of Kenya - Elimo Njau, is a working artists’ studio used by painters and sculptors. A collection of sculptures and paintings for sale is also here.
The Railway Museum is dedicated to the history of the construction of the “crazy railroad”. Visitors may see here numerous photos and souvenirs showing the past of the railway. In front of the museum there are old engines and rail-coaches.
Snake Park - a small park which displays a variety of East African snakes. There are also turtles, crocodiles and a small aquarium with freshwater fish called tilapia.
The Nairobi Safari Walk – a lot of rare animal species can be seen here, e.g. pygmean hippopotamus, cheetah and leopard. This orphanage for animals founded by the Dutch school is nowadays a hospital, a research and a breeding centre for rare species. During weekends audiovisual projections and film presentations take place here.
Fourteen Waterfalls - a 27- meter high cascade on the Athi River which has a shape of a horseshoe .
Ol Doinyo Sabuk National Park - a great number of different species of birds and big herds of buffalos live here. The park covers the area of 18 km2 and surrounds an extinct volcano which is 2,146 meters high. There is also a very beautiful view from its peak .
City Park - the first public park in Nairobi, established in 1904. It is a 120-hectare area abundant in forest plants and wonderful gardens. There is also a war cemetery with the graves of the East African soldiers, dating back mainly to World War II.
Uhuru Garden – the independence of Kenya was announced at this place. Gardens located in front of a 24-meter high Uhuru (freedom) Monument are in the shape of a map of Kenya.
Nairobi National Park - the first national park in Kenya. It covers the area of 120 km2 between the city and the Athi River. About 80 species of mammals and 500 species of birds live here. Only elephants are missing here.
Ethnographic Park (Bomas of Kenya) is little disappointing for visitors. There are numerous small tribal villages along paths, but the majority of them is empty and few tribal representatives are occupied with a sale of souvenirs.
Kenya National Museum - a wonderful museum which is one of the most important places for visitors in the centre of Nairobi. A collection of geological exhibits as well as exhibits connected with Kenya’s fauna. The most interesting part of the museum is a Prehistoric Hall. In the museum, there are among others skulls, the discovery of which influenced the theory of evolution. In other rooms visitors may find the exhibits showing different life-styles and tradition of the main Kenyan tribes. There are also rooms devoted to Mau Mau movement and a gallery of the modern Kenyan art.
Olorgesailie National Park - In 1942, the traces of settlement dating back to about 200,000 years B.C. were discovered. The remnants of the old village can be still seen here and in a small neighboring museum there are a lot of fossils of animals as well as some tools of the Stone Age.
National Archives - in the down hall there are fascinating works of art from the private collection of the former vice president Joseph Murumbi: Persian carpets, Indian chests, paintings, African masks and drums from the whole continent. On the next floor, there is a display of archival journals about the heroes of Kenya.
Langata Giraffe Center - it is a wonderful centre for the preservation of nature. Its biggest attraction is a high platform where visitors can feed a herd of Rothschild’s giraffes. In the neighborhood, there is a bird sanctuary and a path of nature.