For the tourist there can be...
For the tourist there can be only one good reason to visit Nairobi, and that is as a jump off spot for a Safari (Journey). For wildlife photography that is unparelled, a Safari in Kenya will run you through 7 or 8 rolls of 36 exposure film per day. Sitting outside in the chilly evening air at the Ark, a hotel built into a hillside in the Aberdenes mountains. We had been viewing elephants, gazelles, water buffalo and other assorted wildlife coming to the water hole below us.
Then, a female elephant went berserk. She ran into two squabbling young elephants and chased them off into the brush. When she came back, she trumpeted and charged at a couple of old males, who ran off with her in pursuit.
The meanest of all African animals, a water buffalo, showed up while she was gone, and soon, he too had to turn tail and was chased away. Likewise a rhino and an impala fell victim to her anger. About an hour and a half after she started, she returned to the clearing and found no animals there, so she grabbed a tree branch and ripped it off, flinging it over her shoulder. That didn't satisfy her, so she grabbed a tree by the approximate 3 to 4 inch diameter trunk, and pulled, pushed and yanked on it until it was uprooted. She tossed it over her head and then turned and POUNCED on it, stamping it into oblivion. A hare that had been hiding nearby took this as an opportunity to escape and it ran a zig zag course towards us, above in the Ark, with the elephant hot on its heels. The rabbit hid behind a rock as the elephant stomped on the grass behind it, and waiting until the elephant's back was turned, it bounded away unseen.
The Kenyan official national language is English, and it is wide spoken. There also another national language, Kiswahili. Both Languanges are taught throughout the country.
It's extremely useful for the traveller to have a working knowledge of Swahili, especially outside the urban areas and in remote parts of the country.
I had some of my fellow travelers complain about this, and heard it from others too, so I figured I'd write here and set the record straight. According to my professor friend, many Kenyans drink their sodas, beer, and water at room temperature. It's just the way things are done. I'm not sure if it's due to the cost of refrigeration or what. And, while many restaurants and hotels have learned at least to ask customers whether they want it cold or not, some forget. So, if it is important to you, make sure while ordering you ask for your drinks cold, otherwise you'll be served room temperature beverages.
Keep Nairobi clean - it works
I don't know weather this campaign started only this year but fact is, Nairobi looks to me much cleaner than I remembered it during my last year visit. Such a litter bins are disposed all over the city centre and the locals really care to keep Nairobi clean. In fact, it is much cleaner than some European cities I visited in last couple of years.
Amboseli for its elephant populations and herds!
Amboseli is renowned for its elephant populations and large herds, including some impressively tusked bulls are drawn to a series of large lush swamplands.
This area is home to many Maasai communities, centred around the Amboseli National Park. The park is 400 sq kms, with its southern boundary along the Tanzanian border.
Getting Around - Amboseli is a 4 hour drive from Nairobi. The nearest town is Namanga, on the Kenya/ Tanzania border.