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It is definitely worth a walk up to the market area and up to Kenyatta avenue (0.5-1 km) just to take in a brief snapshot of life in this city. Unfortunately, you will see beggars with Elephantiasis, malaria and God knows what else, (God bless them). Massai in full regalia with weapons and for 99.9% of the time, decent, friendly Kenyans trying to make it in the big city. Most people in Kenya are very poor and are surviving at a subsistence level, though at no time, (as a white man) have ever felt threatened or intimidated in any way in this city. This should be seen as a resounding endorsement of the spirit of this country.
The "be decent code" runs at max. strength in Kenya.-Put it this way, many people from the "west" would find it difficult to live and work here unless they were completely "straight-up", adaptable and open-minded. The things usally taken for granted like clean water, electricity, bread, milk, ect... sometimes just can't be depended on every day. Obviously when staying in a hotel this will not happen; but living here for any length of time and you soon realize that most of the major day-to-day fundamentals function differently than most people in the "west" are accustomed to.
Since the 70's & 80's, Kenya has changed a lot. Government corruption, AIDS and negative outside influences have all taken their toll on this (still) beautiful country. There are expansive slum dwellings on the outskirts of Niarobi that never used to be there, though don't let this detract from the overwhelming experiences you can have. -There is a myth that Kenya is a very dangerous country.... It can be in a few circumstances, lets be realistic, but you'll get this anywhere in the world where the majority of people are very poor. What seperates Kenya from the rest is the genuine good nature of it's people.
Some suggestions to visit near to Nairobi: The snake and reptile park -(home to the oldest tortoise in captivity 210+ yrs!) and the Monkey Sanctuary. Also visit the Ngong Hills and go kite flying; drink in the air and the view-(15 km from Nairobi) - Go shopping at Westlands and get a haircut :) (just outside Nairobi) Visit Karen and the Country Club if you fancy a slow Gin and some World-Class Golf. -(20km's from Nairobi). If you would like to see the flamingo's and fly over Lake Naivasha - or a lake inside an extinct volcano, go to Wilson airport and the East African Aero Club. (10 km outside Nairobi) - The flying scenes from the film "Born Free" were filmed from here
Planes can be chartered at very cost- effective rates and these flights will get you closer, more quickly to the best game reserves and resorts in Kenya such as Malindi (on the coast), Mt. Kenya safari Club, Keekerok and Samburu. For the more adventurous, Kenya Skydivers - (also run from Wilson Airport at the East African Aero Club.) is led by Harro Trampeneau -(ex chairman of the Canadian Sports Parachute Assoc. and world-class skydiver) runs courses at all levels. Try a free-fall sunset jump over Niarobi National Park- You will never forget the experience! Travel in luxurious old-world style and take the 1940's Mombassa overnight steam train from Nairobi to the coast. Finally, only hire Taxi drivers that hotels recommend (not Mutatu's) Go with an open mind and enjoy!