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Life in Nairobi

An introduction to the city

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and hosts a population of 6.54 million people, making it one of Africa’s major cities. Nairobi is a major hub for Social Innovation not just in East Africa but also across the continent. Hundreds of major non-profit organizations, UN programs and social businesses are headquartered in the city, addressing the entire range of social problems from poverty alleviation to human rights to climate change.

Nairobi is a highly cosmopolitan city with a vibrant culture, a never-ending choice of social activities, and is also the only city in the world that has a game reserve, Nairobi National Park, right in the heart of the capital.. It has a strong academic tradition, with many major Kenyan universities located there.

Above all, Nairobi exudes an air of progress and possibility, and is rapidly becoming a major center for entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development. Throughout the program, students will be able to interact with a wide array of actors and learn about the history, society, and state of development in Kenya.

Tips about night and social life

Nairobi’s nightlife is bustling, exciting and is known for its “anything goes” attitude. There are several spots hosting live music shows on most nights of the week. Most bars and nightclubs can be found within Nairobi’s central business district and within the upscale neighbourhood of Westlands.

The crowds at most social gatherings are a mix of all sorts of people and cultures. This ranges from locals to the ever growing expatriate population, who come from all over the world. Generally, people are very warm, welcoming and respectful.


Life Outside the Program

Nairobi doesn’t only offer an incredible network of social entrepreneurs and changemakers but also a thriving cultural scene as well as incredible natural treasures just outside the city. Learn more about what it’s like to live in the heart of East Africa, in pictures:

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Enjoy the Country/City


For more information on life in Nairobi, you can also reach the Kenya SIM Program Manager, Pauline Ndonga here.