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The new matatu termini and routes in Nairobi



The new matatu termini and routes in Nairobi

City Hall on Thursday 29th November, 2018 announced that 11 termini had been designated for matatus to pick and drop off passengers. Thus, public service vehicles (PSVs) will not be allowed to access the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) beginning Monday 3rd December, 2018.


All previous gazette notices/letter allocating any other place as picking and dropping areas within CBD are hereby revoked and become null and void as from December 3, 2018.


Below are the new announced new matatu termini and routes in Nairobi.





All routes accessing the CBD from Waiyaki Way/ Uhuru Highway, Kipande Road and Limuru Road

Murang’a Road (Fig Tree) Terminus A


All routes accessing CBD from Thika Road up to and including Ruiru and Kiambu Road

Murang’a Road (Fig Tree) Terminus B


All those vehicles that go past Ruiru but branch off before or at Kenol Town on Nyeri/ Meru-Nairobi Road

Desai Service Road Terminus


All those vehicles that go past Kenol on Nyeri/ Meru-Nairobi Road


All upcountry vehicles accessing Nairobi via Waiyaki Way

Park Road Terminus


All vehicles using Juja Road, Ring Road Ngara and Park Road to access CBd

Ngara Road Terminus


All urban and peri urban routes from Mombasa Road/ Lang’ata Road

Hakati Terminus


All urban and peri urban routes from Ngong Road

Railway Terminus


All vehicles from Jogoo Road/ Lusaka Road

Muthurwa Terminus


All high capacity PSV vehicles from upcountry

Machakos Terminus


Circular route

Connecting all Termini to CBD and Upper Hill


Diametric routes

Central Bus Station

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The most romantic places in Kenya to propose



The most romantic places in Kenya to propose

Kenya is known for many things, notably its romantic spots fit for a charming and mesmerizing proposal. You need more that a diamond to express your undying love for the love of your life. You need a perfect place that will render her wordless and log that memory into her brain forever. That is same desire that drew Prince William all the way to Kenya to propose to Kate Middleton.


In Kenya you will find a variety of options without spending myriad hours searching for the picture-perfect place to pop the question. Check out below some of the most romantic places in Kenya to propose.

1. Ol Malo

Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo is nestled into a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honored lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District.  These miles of dense thorn bush are favoured by the shy, elusive antelope from which the lodge takes its name, “the place of the Greater Kudu”.  An ancient land inhabited by wildlife and peoples of a time long ago, undisturbed and living by the rhythm of nature and as part of this untamed and beautiful landscape is Ol Malo.


To stay at Ol Malo is to live by a different rhythm – measure the day by the timeworn patterns of nature.  Wake up to see the awe inspiring sunrise, framing the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya.  Celebrate the new day with a dawn ride into the wilderness to view the animals as they awake.  Feel the night’s chill burn off with the rising of the great equatorial sun while enjoying a bush breakfast.  Keep the tempo of the world by the roll of the camel’s stride. 


Visit the colorful Samburu nomads of the North and sink with the dying sun into the waters of the pool.  At night luxuriate in the peace and comfort of Ol Malo and tune into the magical sounds of wild Africa while dining under an ancient starscape. To stay at Ol Malo is to abandon oneself and live by another drumbeat in a wild and beautiful land. This is a perfect place to go on your kneel and ask that life changing question, and I bet she will accept your proposal.

2. Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is a small hotel in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, which, together with its associated Giraffe Centre, serves as a home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes, and operates a breeding programme to reintroduce breeding pairs back into the wild to secure the future of the subspecies. It’s an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. 


With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa: indeed, one of its twelve rooms is named after the author Karen Blixen.


However, the most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is its herd of resident Rothschild’s giraffe who may visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection. This makes it among the best romantic places to make your proposal.

3. Diani Beach

Diani beach, located on the Indian Ocean and 30 km south of Mombasa, is a classic paradise with background of palm trees and glistening azure water lapping at its shore. The beach is an idyllic tropical haven with scenic environment and a perfect location to propose to your sweetheart. For a romantic proposal at the beach, go on a sunset walk with your sweetheart or set up a picnic on the sea shore; talk about the most interesting things about your relationship, look into her eyes and tell her all the sweet things you love about her and then pop the question in a romantic way.

4. Watamu Marine National Park

The Marine Park and Reserve is renowned worldwide for its natural beauty and boasts a rich marine life from the visiting Whale Sharks and Manta Rays to three species of Sea Turtle. It is virtually impossible to snorkel without seeing at least a few dozen species inside the main reef; divers outside the fringe reef stand an excellent chance of viewing the magnificent whale shark and Manta Rays that are seasonal visitors. November is best for spotting these animals. The Park is also home to three species of sea turtle who also nest on the Marine Park beaches.


Green turtles, unique coral gardens, the Gede Ruins – the Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve has it all. The park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along the Kenya’s north coast with rich and diverse bird life, fish, turtles and dugongs. Visitors can enjoy the white sandy beaches, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing and glass bottomed boat tours. This is a fantastic natural place, uncontaminated and perfect place to pop up that question in a romantic and memorable way.

5. K.I.C.C Helipad

Nairobi has numerous vantage points from which to view the city’s skyline. None matches the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) rooftop in the outstanding views of the city it affords you. From the KICC rooftop that also doubles as a helipad, not only do you have a 360 degree view of the central business district, you can see the city limits in all directions. The contrast between building styles and greenery in different suburbs of the city is very evident as you scan the horizon in all directions. You can make out some of the large green spaces like Uhuru Park, Central Park. This panoramic view has become a favourite with photographers and film makers who frequently use this location for shooting documentaries commonly aired on local and International television.


The Kenyatta International Convention Center is a tubular building, which sticks out in Nairobi’s skyline. The helipad is a great spot to bring a bottle of wine because of the incredible city views. As the sun sets, the light reflects off the pond in Uhuru Park and the cars begin to light up. It’s the perfect blend of life and landscape. The sweeping views of the Nairobi’s skyline and city make KICC Helipad a perfect spot to make that proposal.

6. Tamarind Dhow

Tamarind Dhow is an authentic ocean going Jahazi (Traditional Arab Sailing Boats), formerly used for cargo trading along the Kenyan Coast and to the Arab States. Tamarind Dhow has been completely refurbished as floating Restaurant, without losing any of the Traditional aspects of the original Dhow. Tamarind Dhow is now moored at the Mombasa Tamarind jetty.


The twinkling lights of Mombasa and the starlit skies provide idyllic surroundings for a delicious seafood dinner meticulously prepared in Swahili style on the deck in front of the guests. The resident band on board offers a wide choice of dance music, from the latest hits to the golden oldies as the Dhow gently glides back to the Tamarind Jetty by 10.30 pm.


Your evening begins once you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the pier. As soon as you step off the gangplank, you are met by a traditionally-dressed waiter who shows you to your table, and serves you with a house cocktail made with vodka, lime, honey, sugar and crushed ice. Non-alcoholic drinkers are offered soft drinks or fruit juices. Once the dhow departs from the jetty, the live band starts playing beautiful rhythms, and soon the swing has majority of guests dancing on the main deck.


After a cruise round Tudor Creek with fine view of Mombasa’s Old Town and Fort Jesus, your dhow moors in a sheltered bay at the head of the creek. Here the fine aroma of grilled lobster and steak starts to fill the air as the chefs pull out the charcoal grills and prepare a four-course gourmet meal. As your meal draws to a close, the waiters serve aromatic Arabica coffee from a traditional Arab brass pot – the Kahawa Pot. The evening trip on the dhow is an excellent romantic spot for newlyweds, and those wishing to propose.

7. Uhuru Gardens

Uhuru Garden is a memorial park in Nairobi, located on Lang’ata Road. The garden is a suitable location to propose to the love of your life. The garden abounds in an effortless beauty, full of green plants and sweet-smelling flowers, which symbolize grandeur and romance. Your lover would definitely be captivated with the beauty of the garden as you stroll along the garden, walking hand-in-hand till you get to a perfect place where you can drop onto your knees and ask her to marry you. For a memorable experience, you can choose Africa-shaped fountain located in the park to propose.

8. The Majlis Resort

The Majlis Resort is an absolute beach stunner that is located opposite Ras Kitau Bay along the Indian Ocean. It is basically a private boutique hotel that features luxury rooms and exquisite architecture. The elegant rooms come with mosquito nets draped over the bed, white interiors and traditional designed furnishings. It includes a mini-bar, air conditioning and safe. Some rooms have a sea view and a garden view.


The Majlis Resort restaurant offers vegetarian, fresh seafood and wood-fired pizzas, and serves international, Italian and Swahili dishes. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, windsurfing and canoeing. Lamu Museum is 0.6 mi away. Its strategic location makes it an idyllic getaway for romantics and adventurous lovers who would like to explore the rich cultures of Lamu town and the Shela Village.

9. Manda Island

Manda Island is an unspoiled paradise located in Lamu. The island is lined with beautiful architecture and beaches that will take your breath away. Manda Island is inarguably one of the most beautiful islands in Kenya and it’s full of lovers’ spots – places where you can take your girl and impress her with beautiful views before you surprise her with a marriage proposal. You can take her to Manda beach and enjoy picturesque views it offers, make her happy by casually dropping on your knees when she’s not even expecting it. Trust me; proposing on the beach surely makes ladies go all mushy. You can check into The Majlis Resort, an opulent resort with deluxe rooms, sun-doused beaches and fascinating seashores. There are other places with magnificent beauty and glamorous aura in Manda Island, all perfect for popping the life-changing question.

10. Whistling Thorns

Whistling Thorns Lodge & Camp Nairobi is a quiet, homely, informal kind of place with emphasis on the outdoors. A lovely spot to chill out: grand view of the Ngong Hills, open plains, game, birds and peace and quiet. Yet not too far from Nairobi. If you are looking for a get-away not far from Nairobi (private, quiet and romantic) Whistling Thorns is the place. This little place has character and a nice location but you should not expect any frills.


The peace and serenity of the environment and the amazing views are sheer magic that always inspire the feeling of love. Enjoy the stunning views of this beautiful garden, take a stroll with the queen of your heart for a romantic touch and catch her off guard with a diamond ring.

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The most romantic places in the world to propose



The most romantic places in the world to propose

Have you reached that point in your life, you feel ready to propose? Do you want your significant moment to be spectacular and romantic in every way possible? Do you want to create everlasting memories, worth drawing you back for your anniversary? In that case you may want to check the list below for the most romantic places in the world to propose, and make your pick for that huge step in your life. These places will leave your partner mesmerized.

1. Bow Bridge, Central Park

New York City, USA

Overlooking The Lake, which is usually home to myriad wildlife and people boating whatever the weather, it’s the perfect picturesque place to take the knee and pop the big question.

2. Rooftop of Terrass Hotel

Paris, France

The rooftop of Terrass Hotel in Montmartre holds such a spectacular view on its 7th floor that you’ll marvel that this excellently rated restaurant has a menu that doesn’t break the bank and it’s still somewhat of a hidden gem.

3. The Shard

London, UK

Atop The Shard, the tallest building in the UK. There are six fine-dining restaurants situated between the 31st-52nd floor which serves excellent cuisine and drinks to woo your prospective fiancee.

4. Cliffs of Moher

County Clare, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, located at the southeastern part of Ireland in County Clare, is incredibly popular attraction in Ireland, the view is something you’d find hard to achieve anywhere else in the world as you look across the great expanse of ocean. If you want to have some peace while you pop the question then very early in the morning is your best bet.

5. The Pap of Glencoe

Glen Coe, Scotland

The Pap of Glencoe is one of Scotland’s most historic and, arguably, it’s most beautiful glens. It’s a romantic place to propose with the stunning view of Glencoe Village behind you and Lochleven in the distance.

6. Orange Tree Garden Aventine Hill

Rome, Italy

The Orange Garden on Aventine Hill is the perfect place for a bottle of Italian wine, a picnic supper and a ring. This is a perfect place to have a tranquil moment with your lover, away from the troubles of the city streets.

7. Neuschwanstein Castle

Bavaria, Germany

Located in the small village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen, this castle is surrounded by dense forest, hiking trails and is one of the most popular destinations along Germany’s ‘Romantic Road’. If you want the full effect, take your partner to the arienbrücke bridge, just a 15-minute walk away, the 1845 bridge is built right between two sheer cliffs, and it’s where you’ll find the most spectacular view of the castle.

8. Imerovigli

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is well known for being the place with the most beautiful sunsets and the most envy-inducing Instagram shots. With only 470 permanent residents, Imerovigli is known for its peaceful tranquillity and its quintessential Greek white and blue-domed buildings – you’re almost spoilt for choice on places to propose! We’d recommend Skaros Rock;, after a mildly challenging walk to a peak you’ll be rewarded with the perfect sunset/rise depending on when you go.

9. Lake of Love

Bruges, Belgium

Tucked away at the southern end of Bruges is the beautiful area known as “Minnewater”. The centre piece is the “Lake of Love” and” Lovers bridge”. It’s a great place to be with someone you love! A very tranquil location within the confines of the city.  So serene and  peaceful.  A wonderful place to relax with families or loved ones.

10. Grotta Palazzese

Polignano A Mare, Italy

Nestled on the Valle d’Itria is Polignano A Mare, a tiny town surrounded by rocky cliff coastlines that are entwined with winding, cobbled streets stuffed with restaurants, bars and other delights. The shining star is without a doubt the world-famous Grotta Palazzese; carved out of limestone rocks with a view of the Adriatic, this restaurant offers an unparalleled dining experience. Dimly lit tables add to the ambience; a storybook way to ask for someone’s hand in marriage and come on, who could say no when you pop the question here?

11. Northern Lights


You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything more memorable than proposing under the Northern Lights in Iceland. The best time to see the Northern Lights is from September to April when there are clear skies.

12. Mljet Island


Mljet Island could arguably one of the least known Croatian islands; much of the island is covered in forests and fields, occasionally dotted with the odd fishing village here and there. Just down from Kortia village is Saplunara, where the beaches of Velika, Mala Saplunara and Blace are surrounded by dense, lush forest. This secluded patch of paradise is easy to enjoy all by yourself, even in the most tourist-heavy months – so wait for the perfect moment and ask the all-important question, ‘Beer?’

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The top 20 tallest buildings in the United States of America



The top 20 tallest buildings in the United States of America

The One World Trade Center in New York City is considered to be the tallest skyscraper in the United States. Its spire brings the structure to a symbolic height of 541 m (1,776 ft). Followed by the Willis Tower at 443 m (1,451 ft) and then 432 Park Avenue at 426 m (1,396 ft) in that order respectively.



Height (m)

Height (ft)





One World Trade Center

541 m

1,776 ft


New York City



Willis Tower

443 m

1,451 ft





432 Park Avenue

426 m

1,396 ft


New York City



Trump International Hotel and Tower

423 m

1,389 ft





30 Hudson Yards

386.6 m

1,268 ft


New York City



Empire State Building

381 m

1,250 ft


New York City



Bank of America Tower

366 m

1,200 ft


New York City



Aon Center

346 m

1,136 ft





875 North Michigan Avenue

344 m

1,127 ft





Comcast Technology Center

342 m

1,121 ft





Wilshire Grand Center

335 m

1,099 ft


Los Angeles



3 World Trade Center

329 m

1,079 ft


New York City



Salesforce Tower

326 m

1070 ft


San Francisco



Chrysler Building †

319 m

1,046 ft


New York City



The New York Times Building

319 m

1,046 ft


New York City



Bank of America Plaza

311 m

1,023 ft





U.S. Bank Tower

310 m

1,018 ft


Los Angeles



Franklin Center

307 m

1,007 ft






306 m

1,005 ft


New York City



JPMorgan Chase Tower

305 m

1,002 ft




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