Africa Guide Maps is a growing collection of maps of African capital cities aimed at bringing fun, informative, beautiful paper maps to the region. The project was started in 2012 by Kirsty Henderson, a Canadian web designer living in Kigali. She realised that the city’s only available map was five years old (and really terrible) and took it upon herself to make something better. She didn’t know how to make a map but learned along the way and three years later in February 2015, The Map – Kigali was released.
The project has since grown to include Kampala, Addis Ababa, and now, Nairobi. These maps are packed with information on everything from where to eat, what to do, how to get around, and information on festivals, events, language, and so much more. The maps are targeted at tourists and expats but even locals will find them useful. They each take around two years to complete and the work includes walking the streets of each city marking down points of interest, trying almost all of the restaurants and cafes listed, hundreds of hours of meticulous research, and then packaging the whole thing up into a beautiful product worthy of a place on your wall once you’re done exploring.
The Nairobi map is on sale now at various locations around the city. You can find out where by checking http://www.africaguidemaps.