Nairobi from the Air

Helicopter aerial filming over Nairobi

Parts of downtown Nairobi were closed to motorists on Sunday 7th September, for the filming of a new sci-fi series. The makers of ‘House of Cards’ were shooting a scene for ‘Sense8’, which is a series about eight strangers from different cultures and parts of the world.


Tropic Air was given special clearance to fly over the city to cover the aerial footage of the movie set. On the nose of our helicopter was a 300kg Stab-C camera. For the first time in days, Nairobi was sunny and bright, and we got some great stills.





Back in 1900, Nairobi was a swamp occupied by the Maasai pastoralists and Kikuyu farmers. Under the British East Africa Protectorate, a railway project was launched, and development of the line linking Mombasa with Kisumu was initiated, to facilitate trade and encourage colonial settlement.

By 1907 Nairobi was a humming commercial center and replaced Mombasa as capital of the British East Africa.

The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyorobi, which translates to “the place of cool waters”, otherwise known as the “Green City in the Sun”.

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