Nairobi National Park Kenya

Nairobi National Park is the most reachable safari destination in Kenya. It is a small National park but with great diversity of wildlife that can even be spotted from the backdrops of some city skyscrapers in Nairobi city and landing planes. Nairobi National Park is the sole park bordering a capital city in the whole world. Nairobi National Park is the oldest National Park in Kenya. It was established in 1946. The Park is only 7 Kilometers and covers 117 km2 on the borders of Nairobi- capital of Kenya. The park features an electric fence to guard against wildlife from entering the city.

Nairobi National Park Kenya map

Nairobi National Park Kenya map

Nairobi National park was dabbed as ‘Kifaru Ark’, which means the park`s success as a rhinoceros sanctuary in Swahili.  Nairobi National Park inhabits the world`s densest concentration of black rhinos. The park also has a large diversity of wildlife population in Kenya. Numerous Herbivores gather here in the dry season especially warthogs, zebras, giraffes, ostriches and buffaloes. Lions and hyenas are also spotted the park. The park is also home to about 400 bird species.

Brief facts About Nairobi National Park Kenya

Location: Kenya
Nearest city: Nairobi
Coordinates: 1°22′24″S 36°51′32″E
Area: 117.21 km2 (45.26 sq mi
Established: 1946; 72 years ago
Governing body: Kenya Wildlife Service Weather rages from 40 degrees

Tourist Activities and Attractions in Nairobi National Park | What to see and do in Nairobi National Park

Game driving in Nairobi National Park

Game driving in Nairobi National Park; Game driving is a half day safari in Nairobi national park and offer incredible wildlife experience in the Park. It need a 4×4 pop-up roofed vehicle and an experienced guide to take you through the panoramic outlook of the scenery and impressive views of wildlife in the park. An experienced guide with vast knowledge about the park drives you to the tracks in the part where the chances of seeing the animals are high like the four of the big five members in the park namely; the lions, leopards, buffalos, and rhinos. Other impressive animals to explore include hippos, giraffes, gazelles, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, baboons, hyena, elands among others. The lions are easily spotted in a morning game drive sometimes laying near the road on the road or when hunting.

Birding in Nairobi National Park

Birding in Nairobi National Park; Nairobi National Park is recorded to host over 520 species of birds. the park is home to One of the eight species of Kenya Mountains & it is an endemic Kenya birding Area with 27 species out of the 94 Somali–Maasai biome, and 25 species out of the 67 African Highlands biome that exist in Kenya. More than 5,000 migrating Lesser Falcons are usually seen in the park. It also includes bird species such as; restricted-range Jackson’s Widowbird that is usually seen in rainy season, the world`s rare Corncrake, Shoebill Stork, Lesser Kestrel, Madagascar Pond-Heron, Jackson’s Widowbird, Corncrake, Red-throated Tit and Basra Reed Warbler. Nairobi national park is a birder`s paradise.

Nairobi Safari Walk in Nairobi National Park

Nairobi Safari Walk in Nairobi National Park; The Nairobi Safari Walk is wildlife zoo situated close to the main gate of Nairobi National Park along Langata Road, approximately 7 km south of Nairobi. The Nairobi Safari Walk introduces you to Kenya`s wildlife. Explore Kenya`s wildlife collection like the rare bongo, white rhino, cats and primates, antelopes, albino zebra, among others. Nairobi national park features about 150 species of trees each species with a unique traditional use which you will learn. The zoo also offers an impressive scenery for taking photos. The Zoo also offers children the opportunity to learn about the wildlife. Don’t miss!

Ivory Burning Site Monument in Nairobi National Park

Ivory Burning Site Monument in Nairobi National Park-Kenya; This is a crucial historical landmark in the records of wildlife protection. In 1989, President Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya burned 12 tons of seized ivory as a warning to poachers who were caught with this ivory got from killing rhinos. This action put Kenya’s conservation image to a top level and it’s broadly appreciated as an action that reduced poaching in Kenya.

The Nairobi national Park Animal Orphanage; This Animal Orphanage is located in Nairobi National Park. This is a treatment and rehabilitation center for wildlife, treating animals such as lions, leopards, buffalos, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, rare Sokoke cats, serval cats, warthogs, monkeys, and baboons among others. And birds such as guinea fowls, parrots, crowned cranes, and ostriches.

Where to stay in Nairobi National Park

There’s plenty of accommodation to chose from in the city of Nairobi-Kenya.

Accessibility to Nairobi National Park Kenya

How to Get to Nairobi National Park

How to Get there

By Road; The main entrance to the park is just 7km from the center of Nairobi city. There is another gate on Magadi Rd also Athi River gate. Even with 2WDs one can drive in the park but a 4WD is the best mostly in rainy season.

 By Air: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airports can bring you close to the park, these airports, it is about 8kms to reach Nairobi National Park.

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