Gallery: Nairobi the green city in the sun

Nairobi is a muscular, dynamic city with vibrant cultural attractions, great food and an exciting night life. Nights move to a rhythm of life, markets thrum and shops bustle. The city’s colonial history has created a foodie nirvana to whet your appetite and cater to your every taste

From the Karen Blixen Museum in the Ngong Hills to skyscrapers of the city centre, Nairobi is a colourful, vibrant city that celebrates its rich diverse culture, and embraces its colonial history. It’s a bustling business city with a safari park within its borders. It’s the gateway to Kenya’s many natural treasures. Take the time to visit, Nairobi is a city that reveals its charms, if you give it a chance.

Nairobi, a wildlife preserve runs through it. (Image: Ninara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Nairobi, a wildlife preserve runs through it. (Image: Ninara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Nairobi National Park may be within the city limits, but the wildlife experience remains spectacular. (ND Strupler, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Nairobi National Park may be within the city limits, but the wildlife experience remains spectacular. (Image: ND Strupler, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Or you could visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage for an up close and personal elephant experience. (Image: Amy the nurse, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Or you could visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage for an up close and personal elephant experience. (Image: Amy the Nurse, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Karen Blixen's Nairobi home. (Image: Ninara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Karen Blixen’s – author of Out of Africa – Nairobi home. (Image: Ninara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

The century old Nairobi Synagogue. (Image: Clive Moss, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

The century old Nairobi Synagogue. (Image: Clive Moss, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Kenyan coffee is rightly highly sought after. (Image: ND Strupler, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Kenyan coffee is rightly highly sought after. (Image: ND Strupler, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Kibera is one of the poorer Nairobi neighbourhoods, but it remains safe clean and entrepreneurial. (Image: Ninara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Kibera is one of the poorer Nairobi neighbourhoods, but it remains safe clean and entrepreneurial. (Image: Ninara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Nairobi;s Toi Market in Kibera is an Aladdin's Cave of bargains. (Image: Ninara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Nairobi’s Toi Market in Kibera is an Aladdin’s Cave of bargains. (Image: Ninara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Nairobi craftsman turning debris into toys. (Image: Maker Faire Africa, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Nairobi craftsman turning debris into toys. (Image: Maker Faire Africa, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president, watches over the city. (Image: Ting Chen, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president, watches over the city. (Image: Ting Chen, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Downtown Nairobi when the jacarandas are in full bloom. (Image: Xiaojun Deng, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Downtown Nairobi when the jacarandas are in full bloom. (Image: Xiaojun Deng, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

The iconic Kenyatta Tower at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre offers visitors a landmark in the centre of the city from which to set their bearings. (Image: Casey Hugelfink, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

The iconic Kenyatta Tower at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre offers visitors a landmark in the centre of the city from which to set their bearings. (Image: Casey Hugelfink, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Nairobi's African Heritage - described by Architectural Digest as "an architecture rising from the serene Kenyan plain like an outcropping of earth, a vision of usefulness informed by the African genius for decoration." (Image: Michael Gallacher, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Nairobi’s African Heritage – described by Architectural Digest as “an architecture rising from the serene Kenyan plain like an outcropping of earth, a vision of usefulness informed by the African genius for decoration.” (Image: Michael Gallacher, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

One of Africa's most celebrated overnight train trips begin here at the Nairobi Railway Station. (Image: Xiaojun Deng, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

One of Africa’s most celebrated overnight train trips begin here at the Nairobi Railway Station. (Image: Xiaojun Deng, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)