Named after the Nairobi River that runs through the land, Kenya’s capital city – Nairobi – is the largest in the country with about 7 million citizens in the metropolitan area. Nairobi is a business and political hub, with United Nations offices established in the city.
Located in the area of the Rift Valley, Ngong Hills, Mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Park – when operating to Nairobi you will land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (HKJK). Ground transportation is available for flights arriving and departing this location, via Universal Private Transport. When you are ready to depart Nairobi, inflight catering is available at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport through the Air Culinaire Worldwide Network.
Nairobi is home to many unique annual events and some that are centered around our favorite topic – food! Each year in June, Nairobi holds their annual Cake Festival. A ticket to this event gets you access to sampling hundreds of cakes. Another culinary favorite is Nairobi Restaurant Week, which is held annually at the end of January / beginning of February. During this time, dozens of restaurants provide discounted prices so you can get a wide-ranging taste of the city. The Africa Nouveau Festival is a three-day event held in November that features music, food and fashion.
When visiting Nairobi, be sure to try out local dishes from Kenyan culture, the most popular being ugali. This staple of local cuisine has a dough-like texture and is made of a cornmeal paste. Irio is another favorite, which is a mash of peas, corn and potatoes. Wali wa nazi – coconut rice, Sukuma wiki – collard greens, nyama choma – roasted meat and kuku choma – chicken are popular local items. For anyone familiar with Indian cuisine, you will be happy to see chapati (a style of flatbread) and bajias (battered potato slides) and samosas (triangular appetizers filled with vegetables or meat) have been adapted into Kenyan cuisine.
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