Located on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, Nairobi is one of the largest and most vibrant cities in East Africa. The town is one of contrasts, having relics of its colonial past side-by-side with the features of a successful independent country, as well as lush nature preserves amid a highly developed urban area. Many believe that humanity originated near Nairobi, and after thousands of years the area remains important to the human race. Thus whether your films focus on history, science, nature, or modern society, there is no better place to make them than Nairobi. The following five spots offer valuable snapshots of the city, each depicting a different aspect of its history, geography, and culture. Visit them all and there will be nothing missing from your Nairobi video project.
No video produced in Nairobi is complete without a visit to the Nairobi National Museum. A repository of the country's history, geography, and culture, the Museum gives you a full description of all that Kenya has to offer. Whether you seek shots of live snakes, stuffed birds, rare minerals, or traditional Kenyan cultural artifacts, you're sure to find it at the museum.
A sharp contrast from the bustling downtown just 7 kilometers away, Nairobi National Park gives you the opportunity to film the country's beautiful, diverse wildlife. Make sure to visit its famous rhino sanctuary, home to 50 of these severely endangered animals. Along the way, get some shots of the park's gazelles, lions, warthogs, cheetahs, and hundreds of bird species.
This former home of coffee planter and author Karen Blixen provides a window into the country's colonial history. Film yourself with the museum's coffee plants, facilities, agricultural college, and memorabilia for a more complete connection to the country's past.
As a hub for business leaders, diplomats, and international exhibitions, the KICC embodies Kenya's status as a modern, influential country. Filming here will show a glimpse of Nairobi's present and future as a center of business, politics, and global culture.
The contrast between urban modernity and beautiful, undisturbed nature is always present in Nairboi. What better way to capture it than by filming at the Ngong Hills, where the edge of the city meets Kenya's lush rural landscape.
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