Mogadishu

Mogadishu

Mogadishu known locally as Hamar‚ is the capital and most populous city of Somalia. Located in the coastal Banaadir region on the Indian Ocean‚ the city has served as an important port for millennia. As of 2015‚ it had a population of 2‚120‚000 residents.
As Somalia’s capital city‚ many important national institutions are based in Mogadishu. It is the seat of the Federal Government of Somalia established in August 2012‚ with the Somalia Federal Parliament serving as the government’slegislative branch.

Yusuf Hussein Jimaale has been the Mayor of Mogadishu since October 2015. Villa Somalia is theofficial residential palace and principal workplace of the President of Somalia‚ Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. In May 2012‚ the First Somali Bank was established in the capital‚ which organized Mogadishu’s first ever Technology‚ Entertainment‚ Design (TEDx) conference. The establishment of a local construction yard has also galvanized the city’s real-estate sector. Arba’a Rukun Mosque is one of the oldest Islamic places of worship in the capital‚ built circa 667 (1268/9 AD).

TheMosque of Islamic Solidarity in Mogadishu is the largest masjid in the Horn region. Mogadishu Cathedral was built in 1928 by the colonial authorities in Italian Somaliland in a Norman Gothic style‚ and served as the traditional seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mogadiscio. The National Museum of Somalia is based in Mogadishu and holds many culturally important artefacts. The National Library of Somalia is undergoing a $1 million Somali federal government funded renovation‚ including a new library complex.

 

Hargeisa

Hargeisa

Hargeisa is the second largest city in Somalia after Mogadishu‚ it is the most populous city in the state of Somaliland‚ a self-declared state that is internationally recognized as an autonomous regionof Somalia‚ situated in the Woqooyi Galbeed region in Northwestern Somalia.
Hargeisa is situated in a valley in the Galgodon (Ogo) highlands‚ and sits at an elevation of 1‚334 m (4‚377 ft).

Home torock art from the Neolithic period‚ the city is also a commercial hub for precious stone-cutting‚ construction‚ retail services and importing/exporting‚ among other activities.

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Mombasa

Mombasa is a coastal city in southeastern Kenya along the Indian Ocean. It serves as the capital of Mombasa County. The town is known as “the white and blue city” in Kenya. It is the country’s oldest (c. 900 A.D.) and second-largest city after Nairobi, with a population of about 1,208,333 people according to the 2019 census. Its metropolitan region is the second-largest in the country, and has a population of 3,528,940 people.

Mombasa’s location on the Indian Ocean made it a historical trading centre, and it has been controlled by many countries because of its strategic location. Kenyan school history books place the founding of Mombasa as 900 A.D. It must have been already a prosperous trading town in the 12th century, as the Arab geographer al-Idrisi mentions it in 1151. The oldest stone mosque in Mombasa, Mnara, was built c. 1300. The Mandhry Mosque, built in 1570, has a minaret that contains a regionally specific ogee arch.

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Nairobi

Nairobi is not only the capital city of Kenya but also one of the largest cities in the country. It is famous for having the Nairobi National Park, the world’s only game reserve found within the city. The city and its surrounding area also form Nairobi County. Regionally, Nairobi is one of the most prominent cities in Africa, both politically and financially.

Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programmed (UNEP) and the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second-oldest exchange on the continent. It is Africa’s fourth-largest exchange in terms of trading volume, capable of making 10 million trades a day.

Why you should visit Nairobi

The ‘cool water city’

Nairobi has long been known as one of Africa’s most dynamic cities. Now, as its growing economy and rising prosperity levels fuel a development boom, it’s fast building a reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic cities.  So, what makes Nairobi stand out among the rest?

Amazing Culture and People

Nairobi is steeped in rich culture, heritage and history and the people are very welcoming. The culture is what set the city apart; it is a mix of various religions, traditions and local beliefs. When you visit Nairobi, you will experience the amazing cultures of Kenyans and you will definitely love them.

Historic Museums

Only in Nairobi will you find Kenya’s most important art museums, featuring masterpieces of African art from centuries. You will find a lot of different museums including National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi Railway Museum and Karen Blixen Museum.

City Adventure and Safaris

Want to go on a safari adventure? Nairobi offers an opportunity to ride through the National Parks and Wildlife sanctuary of animals running free. See great and beautiful animals including the big 5 – Elephant, Lion, Rhinos, Buffalo and Leopards in their natural tropical African surroundings.

Amazing Parks and Gardens

Nairobi has some exceptionally beautiful natural parks and gardens such as Uhuru parks,Nairobi Botanical Garden. These parks and gardens are beautifully landscaped with lush green lawns and lined with trees. You will be pleasantly surprised by the tranquility that you can rest in at these parks.

Fortune 500 Companies

There are many Fortune 500 Companies in Nairobi such as Shell, General Motors, Barclays, and many others. Fortune 500 Companies are top public corporations ranked by their gross revenue. Similarly, many technology companies have their regional offices in Nairobi including Huawei, Asus, and IBM etc.

Great Weather

You’ll find the finest food specialties in Nairobi, no matter where you are from, you will find a delicious food that will suit your taste buds. You’ll never go hungry and even if hunger calls, Nyama Choma is always available. Nyama Choma is the famous barbecued meat, loved mostly by Nairobians. Nyama Choma can be found in many local restaurants and corners across Nairobi.

Nightlife

Amazing city with vibrant nightlife, chock full of the excitement and revelry. As music pour through the streets, dance away the night at some amazing bars and clubs in Nairobi. Nairobi’s nightlife represents some of the city’s legendary scenes. You will love it!

Getting to Nairobi;

Being a Ugandan, I do trips to Kenya almost weekly via African Express Airways. Just like the many wonderful things in Kenya, this new air career has introduced flights that literally solve travel enthusiasts problems. A return trip to Nairobi from Entebbe goes for only USD 198 (all inclusive). For one way travelers, a trip to the mentioned destinations go for only USD 99; and the best part, the flights are available every day!! So what are you waiting for, so what are you waiting for, leys take a surprise vacation this weekend to the beautiful Kenyan land and share the experience.