Nairobi is one of Africa's most fast-paced cities and the safari capital of Africa. It's a place of enormous energy, with differencent races, tribes and origins all part of a thriving hustle and bustle.
The city centre buzzes with the aspirations and opportunism of moneychangers, safari touts and vendors. Kenyatta Avenue is the city's favourite tourist image, with the broad roadway fringed by trees and flowers originally designed to allow a twelve-oxen team to make a full turn. There are several museums and places of interest in the centre, including the National Museum and Snake Park.
There are numerous markets selling traditional crafts, especially the popular Masai Market. Just outside of the centre is the Nairobi National Park, and the nearby Bomas of Kenya host performances of traditional dancing and singing. The Langata Giraffe Centre offers visitors the chance to hand-feed the Rothschild's giraffes that inhabit the area.
Safety has been a concern for tourists, as the capital has in recent years been the target of terrorist attacks. With safety in mind, travellers are advised to be vigilant when visiting the capital and keep an eye on official government warnings as to the latest safety information pertaining to Kenya. Yet despite these unfortunate few incidents, a trip to Nairobi is usually trouble free and tourists can still safely enjoy the beautiful flavour and culture of the vibrant and friendly city.