A car parked outside The Norfolk, Nairobi, in 1903.
Whilst I'm not clear on the first car in the history of Kenya, the first car to be driven in Nairobi was owned by Major George E. Smith, one of the British officers supervising the construction of Mackinnon-Sclater's road. This is the road we know today to be the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.
By 1911, the number of cars had soared. A few garages started opening up to undertake the necessary repairs.
There were also numerous bicycles. Cycling was undoubtedly the most common method of moving around the dusty town.
Perhaps owing to their style of dress, white women were carried around in rickshaws, which operated as taxis outside establishments like Nairobi Railway Station and the various hotels in town.
To curb rampant theft, the administrators of the East Africa Protectorate (EAP) in 1911 introduced compulsory registration of bicycles.
In those days, the city got its waters from the Nairobi river at the spot around present-day Nairobi National Museum. I wonder in which part of Nairobi the first car wash business was opened.