International Lifestyle Magazine Jan 2013 - Page 14

The capital of Kenya is Nairobi, situated next to the Nairobi National Park and located inland from the coast. Kenya has much to offer the visitor, you will find savannahs teeming with big game, enduring cultures and traditions unchanged by modern society, tropical beaches and coral reefs, equatorial forests and snowcapped mountains, sweltering deserts, spectacular highlands and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, exploration and relaxation. Kenya’s biggest industry is tourism; this is largely due to its pristine beaches and wildlife. Kenya is one of Africa’s top safari destinations and offers many unspoiled National Parks and Game Reserves including the Masai Mara Reserve, famous for the ‘Great Migration’, an annual migration of millions of animals that can be seen between June and September, and the expansive Tsavo National Park in the Southeast. Nairobi Nairobi is the largest city in Kenya and also the capital city of Kenya. The word Nairobi derives from a Masai word, Enkare Nyirobi, meaning ‘cool waters’, a waterhole the city was named after. Nairobi, originally a swamp area, was founded in 1899 when it was used as a railway camp for the Uganda railway. Nairobi was handed capital status from Mombasa in 1905. Nairobi is not only the biggest and fastest growing city in Kenya, but also one of the biggest in Africa. Commonly known as ‘The Green City in the Sun’, Nairobi has an elevation of 1661 metres above sea-level and is the most populous city in East Africa with an estimated 3 – 4 million inhabitants. One of the most cosmopolitan and certainly one of the youngest of Africa’s capital cities, Nairobi is a metropolis of museums and malls interspersed with market stalls, galleries and game reserves, boutiques, bars, restaurants and curios. The city’s inhabitants come from a variety of tribal cultures, and the noise, colour and squalor of the older portions contrast greatly with modern structures such as the Kenyatta Conference Centre. The Nairobi National Park lies on the city perimeter, while the city also offers popular attractions like the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum of Kenya, the Giraffe Centre and the Bomas of Kenya, showcasing the rich cultural values of the different tribal groups of Kenya. Masai Mara Game Reserve The Masai Mara Game Reserve is a Game Reserve situated in south-western Kenya. The Masai Mara Game Reserve is in fact an extension of the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. The reserve was named after the local Masai people, the traditional inhabitants of the area, and their description of the area, Mara, which in Masai language means spotted, as the area is dotted with trees, savanna and the cloud shadows that mark the area. The 5ͅ5ɄI͕ٔ́ѱ䁙́ȁ́ɕѽ쁱ɐх啹ѡՅɅѥɽ᥵ѕȁݥа镉Ʉ镱ѡЁٔݕѡMɕѤѡ5ͅ5ɄI͕ٔQ́х́QɕЁ5Ʌѥ́Ё͕ѡ5ͅ5ɄI͕ٔݕ)ձ䁅=ѽȸQ5ͅ5ɄI͕ٕٔ́ɕՅɔѕ́́ѡѡɸЁ͕ѥѡ5ɄMɕѤѕѡЁٕ́ɽ᥵ѕԀՅɔѕ́-儁Q酹Qa ٗdɐаՙɡչѡ5ͅ5ɄI͕ٔݡɝɽ́ɽչѡ5ɄQɥٕ́ѡЁ܁ѡɽ՝ѡɕ͕͕ٔ9ѥAɬQ͕9ѥAɬ́9ѥAɬѕѡIЁYAɽ٥-儸Q͕9ѥAɬٕ́ɽ᥵ѕȁՅɔ()ɕ́ЁѡɔՅɔɔѕѡЁɕэ́ɽ́ѡ-Q酹ɑȸQɔ5ͅЁɽѡȁ́-儁ٔͼ͕ѱѡɕՔѼՍ͙հѽɥʹ䁅ɥձɔѡѕ̸݅%܁Ʌɕѡ́ѕ݅́Ʌ́՝مɥѥ́ݥɑ͕ѡЁ٥ݥѥѥ́ɥQ͕9ѥAɬ́ѡЁɭ́ɥѼЁٕ䁍͔ѼݥѥձȁѡɥиQ͔ٕ́́хѥ͔́ՔѼ䁵ѡ̸͕9ѥAɬͼ́хձȁ٥́ѡɉ5չЁ-ɼѡЁɕхչхѡݽɱЁɽѡa ٗdͼх啹ɅݥЁݥمɥ䁽ѕ́ፕЁɑ٥ݥѥ٥ѥ̸=Ёɥ䁥Mɤ9ɽѼ5͍ٕ̈́ȁMɤեQ=Ёɥ䁥Mɤ9ɽѼ5̈́́ȁ͍ٕȁMɥ̸=ȁ͍ٕȁMɥ́ɔե͵ɽ䁥Mɥ́ݥѠ͍ձɔѕ́ȁͥɔMɤM屔MɅٕ́ѡ͕͡ͅɕ́ѥȁͥЁɅє́مȁɕՕи䁥Mɤ ե́ѡɽ́ѡѼ䁱ѥ́ѡѽȁѼɔͱɕͅɤeȁեݥͥЁݥѠɝ饹Ցѥѥ٥ѥ̰Ʌ͙̰ɑȁɽɕ̰䁕፡̰ɽ٥͕հɵѥЁѡɕ́ԁɅٕѡɽ՝Qɽ́ɽ͕ՑѼѡЁЁɍɅЁЁ她ɔѡѕՕ̰ͽ͕፱ͥٔͅɤɥ()ܹѕɹѥ展饹((