Nairobi

Nairobi

Nairobi (/naɪˈroʊbi/ ny-ROH-bee) is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The name is derived from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to 'place of cool waters', a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. The city proper had a population of 4,397,073 in the 2019 census.[7][8] The city is commonly referred to as The Green City in the Sun.[9] Nairobi was founded in 1899 as a rail depot on the Uganda - Kenya Railway. It was favoured by the British authorities as an ideal resting place due to its high elevation, temperate climate, and adequate water supply.[10] The town quickly grew to replace Mombasa as the capital of Kenya in 1907.[11]