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only park in a city

Nairobi National Park

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Nairobi National Park is a unique ecosystem by being the only protected area in the world close to a capital city. The park is located only 7 km South of Nairobi city. It has braved horizontal expansion pressure by Nairobi’s ever unending construction activities since 1946.

As you enjoy the ambience of the park and breathing taking sceneries, the Nairobi’s skyscrapers spicy-up the view. The proximity of urban and natural environments has caused conflicts between the animals and local people and threatens animals’ migration routes. Currently there is a major stand down on construction of Southern bypass for Nairobi city.

The city planners should borrow from Netherlands’ highways ecoducts. These wildlife crossings in Netherlands are an impressive display of over 600 of underpasses and ecoducts that have been used to protect the endangered European badger as well as populations of wild boarred deer, and roe deer.

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Still, despite its proximity to civilisation and relative small size for an African national park, Nairobi National Park boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Migrating herbivores gather in the park during the dry season, and it is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.

The savannah ecosystem comprise of different vegetation types. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest.  To the south are the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela migration corridor which are important wildlife dispersal areas during the rain season. Man-made dams within the park have added a further habitat, favourable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biome.

Major wildlife attractions are the Black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffaloes, Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded.  Other attractions include the Ivory burning site Monument, Nairobi Safari Walk, the Orphanage and the walking trails at hippo pools.

 

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Kenyan Diaspora: Call it Rongai

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Recently my friend made a comment on post after inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta and it left me confused! …I am in the diaspora… “even after counting votes from diaspora it is hard to tell where it is on the Kenyan map” …[wild thoughts]. I had to search for Kenyan diaspora on the map only to find it is Rongai. Where I learnt that they are still watching inauguration news now. This is the story of Kenyan Diaspora – Rongai.

Ongata Rongai is the real name, but locally known as Rongai or simply Rongaa and now Diaspora. Geographers can easy located it, as a settlement in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province located between the Kaputiei plains and the Western slopes of the Ngong hills all within Kajiado District. As a fast developing residential urban in the outskirts of Nairobi has attracted a number of employees from Nairobi city – increasing its population to nearly a quarter a million.

Daily this Nairobi workers commute by road to and from Rongai to earn a living in the green city under the sun. This has generated numerous jokes about Rongai. If you bought milk in Nairobi by the time you get to Rongai it will be sour. Lol! Uniquely, all residents of this Diaspora town when traveling to Rongai in the evening they will be eating their supper because of time they spent in traffic.

This will be an end soon as a flag project under Vision 2030 will see Langata road being completed to easy traffic. The dual-carriage of the Langata Road from the Kenya Wildlife Service gate to the Bomas of Kenya junction will see under and overpass at Bomas junction. Not only will traffic be relieved of waste time but diaspora residents can walk using non-motorized lanes. This is a plus for a city going green.

It has attracted major whosesale retail outlets such as Uchumi and Tuskys. Even Nakumatt is not far from Diaspora; at Bomas you relax in suburbs ambience and sample best coffee from Java. For those who are kukus about chicken then Galitos opens it doors here. Sooner the Diaspora will be closer to the people that you do not need to fly there but you can cycle or walk like maasai morans.

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Nairobi Ranked Among Best Cities

 

The Kenya’s Capital City, Nairobi is taking position among the best cities and next tigers of economies on the continent. First, it was the Economist Intelligence Unit (EUI) study that revealed Nairobi will be one of the fastest growing cities in the world by 2016. The EUI defined competitiveness as a city’s ability to attract capital, business, talent and visitors. Nairobi battled off some of the world’s largest cities to come in at the 50th position for the quality of human capital. Johannesburg was 53rd in this category while Tokyo and Beijing trailed in the 56th position.

Now, the 2012 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, ranks Nairobi – the green city in the sun, as one of the most popular destination city in Africa. According to the Index, Nairobi which is the Commercial hub of Kenya is projected to be visited by an estimated 1.8 million tourists in 2012  injecting  an estimated $1.5 billion an equivalent of Kshs.170billion  into the city’s economy. It translates into a 10% growth in visitor numbers and a 16.7% growth in visitor spending over the 2011 Index results.

Nairobi ranks fourth out of 13 cities surveyed in Africa – both in terms of visitor numbers and visitor spend – highlighting its status as the financial heart of the East African region and a significant African economic hub. Further, the noteworthy 16.7% growth in projected visitor spending for Nairobi sees the city ranked in 10th position globally among the fastest growing destination cities examined in the Index.

The MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index ranks 132 global cities by their total international visitor and their cross-border spending in the destination cities, and gives visitor and passenger growth projections for this year. Besides Nairobi other Best African Cities ranked among the thirteen top destinations include Accra, Cairo, Johannesburg, Casablanca, Beira, Cape Town, Dakar, Durban, Kampala, Lagos, Maputo, and Tunis.

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