Ten fun facts about Nairobi


Fact 1
The citys name comes from the Maasai phrase 'Enkare Nyrobi', meaning 'cold water'.

Fact 2
The Nairobi Stock Exchange located in the city is the largest in Africa second oldest exchange on the continent and fourth largest in terms of trading volume.

Fact 3
During the 1990's, the crime was so bad in the city that it was actually nicknamed 'Nairobbery'. Around 2006 crime decreased but rose again in 2007.


Fact 4
A friendlier nickname the city has received is the 'Green City in the Sun' due to the stretches of dense forest and warm climate.

Fact 5
The lodge called 'Ngong House' in the city offers the ability to stay in a tree house.

Fact 6
Though wealthy Kenyans live in Nairobi, a majority of the Nairobians are poor. Kibera, a division of Nairobi, is one of the largest and poorest slums in Africa.

Fact 7
The Solar Ice Rink at the Panari Hotel's Sky Centre is located in the city and is the largest ice rink in Africa covering 15,000 square feet.

Fact 8
Nairobi National Park, the first national park in Kenya, homes more than 50 rhinos and over 400 species of birds, making it a wildlife sanctuary.

Fact 9
Because school is not a requirement in Kenya, many children in Nairobi cannot attend school because it costs money for them to go.

Fact 10
A unique restaurant called 'The Carnivore' in the city offers every kind of meat available and a drink called a 'Dawa cocktail', intended as a health revival potion and to sharpen taste buds.


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