Located along the Nairobi River, the city that shares its name has risen in just a few years into a powerful global capital city. Nairobi today is a gleaming and modern city and the center of political power in a fast-developing African power, Kenya. With more than three million people living in the city, it also has the traits of a cosmopolitan city with a growing culture of its own. And yet it manages to stay close to its natural roots. Its name is derived from the word Enkare Nyirobi or ‘cool waters’, which was used to describe the Maasai water hole. Once a swamp area, the city faced plagues before it was rebuilt and its fortunes were reignited. ALSO READ: Photos of Meknes, a Vibrant Old City of Middle Atlas Also Read - Trending News Today March 11, 2020: World's Only White Female Giraffe & Her Calf Killed by Poachers At Kenyan Wildlife Sanctuary

The modern cityscape of Nairobi – capital city of Kenya, East Africa

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A lone giraffe at Nairobi National Park with the city of Nairobi on the background

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Three young giraffes roam free in the national park 

Three giraffes in national park Nairobi, Kenya



A common scene of people on the street of Nairobi city

Many people on the street of Nairobi in Kenya. Eastern Africa

The Independence Monument in Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi

Kenya, Nairobi, Indipendence Monument

Ripe fruits stacked at a local fruit and vegetable market in Nairobi; the market is frequently visited by locals and tourists

Ripe fruits stacked at a local fruit and vegetable market on February 6, 2014. Nairobi, Kenya. The market is frequently visited by locals and tourists

Sculpture in front of the Nairobi National Museum, where you can explore the incredible history of the city and Kenya

Sculpture in front of national museum Nairobi, Kenya

Lioness and cubs playing in the wild in Maasai Mara National Park, Nairobi

Lioness and Cubs playing in the wild in Maasai Mara National Park, Nairobi Kenya

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, a popular haunt where you can literally dine with the giraffes

Giraffe Manor at Nairobi Kenya

Baby elephants walking free in the Nairobi National park 

Baby elephants walking free in the National park Nairobi, Kenya

Baby elephant being fed with milk in the national park

Baby elephant feeding with milk in the National park Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi city is, at its heart, as fast-paced and hectic as you would expect from any modern cosmopolitan city. But you don’t have to venture very far to experience the wildlife of Kenya, with the Nairobi National Park nearby. The city itself offers a well-developed cultural life, complete with a nightlife to keep you up and some really delicious and adventure new foods to try out.