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Kidero to spend Sh30 million on city tour buses

How well do you know your city?  Well the Nairobi County Government plans to spend millions to take you on a tour around the Central Business District in a project aimed at pitching the city as a tourism destination.

The Sh30 million project is set to kick off in September and already the county has procured two tour buses.

The two 27-seater buses have been procured at a cost of Sh15 million and are currently being branded before being flagged off officially, according to the Trade and Tourism county executive Anna Othoro

The tours across the city will be provided in collaboration with the Kenya National Museums and the Bomb Blast Memorial Park management.

HISTORICAL SITES

The tour buses will take local and foreign tourists through the historical sites within the CBD and the city’s outskirts.

“I would like to call upon interested partners and volunteers to promote the project. They can do so by providing the buses and services.

“The project will help people have an emotional attachment and appreciate the city which will in turn promote local tourism,” said Ms Othoro in a statement posted on the county government website.

Both local and foreign tourists will be charged the same rates of Sh300 for children and Sh600 for adults.

It is however unclear if the amount will cater for the entrance fees to the museums, animal orphanage and national park which are among the sites to be visited.

FOCAL POINT

The buses will be available for booking at City Hall and walks will be conducted from a focal point at the Bomb Blast Memorial Park.

Those touring the CBD will visit the Galton-Fenzi memorial monument (Nairobi Military Stone) located along Kenyatta Avenue and from which all distances and altitudes in Kenya are measured from

The Westminster house along Kenyatta Avenue which has underground tunnel to City Hall that will also be reopened for tourists.

Other sites will include the Nairobi Art Gallery along Kenyatta Avenue and the Maasai market which is a mobile exhibition where tourists can purchase cultural and creative artifacts.