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THE PRINCIPAL COMMERCIAL
CENTRES.

KILIXDIXI AND MOMHASA.

The principal port of British East Africa, Kihn-
dini — said to be the finest harbour on the I{ast Coast
— is situated on the west side of Mombasa Island,
Mombasa harbour being on the north-east side. It is
connected with the town of Mombasa by a light tram-
way in addition to the Uganda Railway. A large
grant has been made by the Imi)crial Oox-ernment for
extensive harbour works at Kilindini to provide for
the rapidly increasing trade of the hinterland, and
when these are completed shipping facilities will be
greatly improved. In addition to being the head-
quarters of shipping and forwarding agents, Mombasa
possesses several well-e(]uii>ped stores, hosi)itals,
schools, hotels, churches, clubs and banks.

The iMiropean iX)inilation is between three and
four hundred. Though tropical, the climate of
Mombasa is comparatively healthy. ICxcept in the
hot season, from November to February, travellers to
the Highlands thoroughly enjoy a break of a few
days at the Coast, exploring the orieiittd wonders of
the old town and visiting points of interest on the
Island. Kxcellent fish is obtainable at Mombasa, and
supplies are regularly sent to Nairobi and other
stations up the line, packed in ice.



NAIROBI.
The administrative and commercial capital of
British Kast Africa is situate at an altitude of 5,450 ft.
about nu'd-distant between Mombasa and Kisumu, the
distance from the coast by rail being 327 miles. The
rapid development of Nairobi epitomises the progress
of European settlement in the Highlands. In the
course of a decade it has expanded from little more
than a collection of tin shanties into a progressive
conmiercial centre possessing most of the advantages
of older towns: — electric light, telephone service,
pipe borne water supply, banks, spacious hotels,
dailv and weekly newspapers, theatres, schools,
branches of the Y.W.C.A., and Y.M.C.A., wide,
well laid-out thoroughfares and so forth. The com-
mercial area boasts of many substantial buildings,

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while main' of the handsome residences in the suburbs
of Muthaijj^a, Parkhmds and the Hill are testimony to
the ,c:r()wing prosperity of the district.

The European population of Nairol)i and the
surrounding district is estimated at about 2,000.
Sports and recreation are well provided for by
numerous clubs and associations. The Nairobi Club-
founded in the early days by officers and civil servants
of the Government — with its affiliated Gymkhana
Club, possesses spacious premises on the Hill and
14 acres of igrovuids laid out for polo, hockey, cricket,
football and tennis, with a golf course adjoining.
The social life and recreation of Parklands and
Muthaiga residential districts are also well provided
for by their respective clubs.

The government of the town is in the hands
of a Mimicipal Committee, composed of heads of
Government Departments and elected representatives
of the people. A feature of Nairobi life is the large
number of motor cars and cycles privately owned and
plying for hire : rickshaws drawn by natives take
the place of a tramway service. Nairobi is well pro-
vided with-first-class hotels and boarding houses.
The health of the community is well looked after by
several private doctors, the European Hospital and
Scott vSanatorimn provide accommodation for the
sick and convalescent, in addition to which there are
several nursing and maternity homes.



XAIVASHA.

vSituate 391 miles from the Coast, at an altitude
of 6,230 feet, Naivasha is to-day of less importance as
a conmiercial centre than as a health and i^leasure
resort. Its truly delightful scenery and bracing
climate constitute it an ideal place for a holiday or
rest, while the excellent bird shooting is an added
attraction. The Rift Valley Hotel stands on a com-
manding position over-looking the Lake and surround-
ing countr\', while a more modern building— the
Naivasha Hotel — has been erected close to the shores.
Naivasha is the heart of a vast area of first class
grazing countr\% most of the farms in the neighbour-
hood being heavily stocked AAnth high grade cattle
and sheep. Stock auctions are held at frequent
intervals. The stockyards of Newland, Tarlton & Co.,

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Ltd. are situate on the outskirts of the township.
Six miles away is the Government Stock Farm.

NAKURU.

HPHE important township of Nakuru, overlooking
-*- the Lake of that name, is situate on the Uganda
Railway 447 miles from the Coast, at an altitude of
6,000 feet. Unlike Nairobi, which stands on the
fringe of the Highland Zone, Nakuru is in the heart
of the Highlands. If the town be taken as the centre
of a circle having a radius of 120 miles, it will be
seen that practically the whole of the Highlands are
comprised in its sweep. The town is well situated
amidst lovely surroundings, and possesses all the
natural advantages of a large commercial centre.

Nakuru is the livestock centre of East Africa,
and its annual Show, held under the auspices of the
Pastoralists' Association, is the premier Agricultural
Show of the Protectorate. The spacious Stock Yards
of Newland, Tarlton & Co., Ltd., are situated on the
outskirts. The B.E.A. Maize Growers' As ociation
has its headquarters in the town, the Lower Molo and
Solai districts being at present the principal maize
growing centres.

The town to-day has a post-office, two banks, a
school, hotel, club, an engineering shop and garage,
and several good stores. When the Nakuru-Mumias
Railway and the main road to the vast Laikipia stock
country are constructed, the rapid development of
Nakuru will be assured.

LONDIANL

Situate 51 miles from Nakuru and 84 miles from
Kisumu, at an altitude of 7,410 feet, Londiani is the
present gateway to the Eldama Ravine and Uasiu
Gishu districts. It possesses several European stores,
a small hotel, and the third of Newland, Tarlton
Si Go's, up-country stockyards. Stock sales are held
at intervals

KISUMU.

Kisumu (formerly known as Port Florence) is the
Victoria Nyanza terminus of the Uganda Railway and

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the port of embarkation for Uganda, distant 584 miles
from the Coast, and situate at an altitude of 3,660 feet
above sea level. Here are situated the dry dock and
construction and repair slip of the Lake steamer
service, cotton ginneries, Customs Department, and
clearing and forwarding houses. A trade in fresh
fish is done with stations on the Uganda Railway as
far down as Nairobi.

ELDORET.

Eldoret is the leading centre of trade on the
Uasin Gishu Plateau. It is connected with Londiani
on the Uganda Railway, 67 miles distant, by a very
indifferent road. It possesses a hotel, several good
stores, a branch of the Standard Bank of South
Africa, Ltd., a post and telegraph office, Government
school and official buildings. Eldoret will be an im-
portant station on the Nakuru-Mumias Railway when
constructed, and even to-day is a township of some
importance. A creamery has recently been erected,
there are several flax mills in the vicinity, and it is a
collecting and distributing depot for the incoming and
out-going trade of the Plateau.



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IMPORTERS OF C G SHEETS. CEMENT (WHITES) Etc . Etc

Stevedores^ Lighterage Contractors, Admiralty
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N. T.'s MONTHLY.

The only publication in British East Africa mainly
devoted to agricultural interests.

In addition to informative articles on aojricultural
topics, contains hsts of undeveloped and developed pro-
perties for sale.

Sent grati.i and post free to all parts of the world to
those interested in East Africa.

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NAIROBI, B.E.A.



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Hot water boilers


Buck wagons


Plumbers fitting


Coffee machinery


Ring wagons


Hamali carts


Flax machinery


Scotch carts


Trek chains


Steam engines


Water carts


Pipe fittings


Pelton wheels


Bearings


Tool steel


Water wheels


Shafting


Bar iron


Water tanks


Pulleys


Packing


Oil engines


Belting


Axles


Pumps


Pipes





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We manufacture Flax Machinery in complete sets.



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Newland, Tarlton & Co., Ltd. are the oldest established Firm in British
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THE LEADING LAND AGENTS OF B.E. A.

Our Thirteen Years Experience of British East Africa
enables us to give the intending Settler or Investor expert
advice.

We command the confidence of the country, and in
consequence are able to offer the intending Settler or In-
vestor an extensive selection of thoroughly sound propositions

Our Land Register contains particulars of developed
and undeveloped land suitable for COFFEE, SISAL,
COCOANUTS, RUBBER. MAiZE, FLAX. WHEAT. MIXED
FARMING. DAIRYING and STOCK.

In addition to these. First Mortgages, Business and
Residential Sites, offer the Investor attractive openings.

' N T's. Monthly." containing informative articles
on East Africa in addition to particulars of land and shares
for sale, is forwarded gratis on request





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LIMITED.

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166, PICCADILLY, W.I. NAIROBI, B.E.A.



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