Nairobi viewed from Uhuru Park.
Photo: Arthurbuliva at en.wikipedia
Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya, has a population of about three million, making it one of the most populous cities in East Africa. Its name derives from the Maasai phrase, Enkare Nyirobi, meaning “the place of cool waters.” But local residents prefer the nickname, the "Green City in the Sun."
Nairobi's year-round sunshine and cooling elevation of nearly 1800 meters above sea-level produce the abundance of vegetation that help it earn that popular nickname. On a clear day in the capital, you can see both Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa to the south-east, and Mount Kenya, the second-highest.
The Rockefeller Foundation’s offices,with approximately 10 employees, are located in Upper Hill, a neighborhood approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the central business district. Home to the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa, Nairobi is one of the most diverse as well as financially and politically prominent cities in Africa. You can find restaurants serving food from around the world, a thriving cultural scene, and something you won’t find in many major cities anywhere else in the world -- a wildlife resort just 20 minutes outside the center of town with Zebras, Wildebeests, Buffalos, Giraffes, Rhinos, Cheetahs, and Lions.
Within Nairobi there are many areas to live that have large international populations (Westlands, Kileleshwa, Runda and Karen, to name a few) along with private schools that cater to an international community.
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