Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s oldest national park and the first to be established in East Africa in 1946.
The only national park in the world less than 10 kilometres from the city centre with only a fence separating the park from Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The park is home to over 80 different species of animals and over 400 bird species including some migrants from Europe between March and May.
The park covers 117 square kilometres with rich vegetation, water sources and breathtaking landscapes.
Some of the animals that can be spotted on a game drive in the park include giraffes, leopards, zebras, buffalo, antelope, lions, cheetah and rhino.
Animals around the park can be photographed with Nairobi’s beautiful skyline in the backdrop.
One of Kenya’s most successful rhino sanctuaries, the Nairobi National Park has the largest number of black rhinos in the country . The Nairobi National Park continues to successfully operate a breeding and restocking program for black rhinos to the rest of Kenya’s parks and reserves.
Attractions inside and outside the park
The Nairobi National Park is an ideal venue for a day trip in the wild away from the city.
Some attractions at the park include:
- Impala observation point
- Kingfisher picnic site
- The ivory burning site (The location where over 12 tonnes of ivory were burnt by former Kenya President Moi in 1989 as an emphasis on zero tolerance to ivory trade in Kenya)
Hippo pools and nature trails
A nature trail along the Athi River that offers a unique opportunity to view hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and several bird species.
The Nairobi Safari Walk
The Safari Walk offers the rare chance to view different animals in their natural habitat with bits of information educating the public on the different species they come across. The raised timber boardwalks make for great viewing points and an informative walk.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage
A small enclosure outside the park that shelters orphaned, abandoned or wounded animals from the park that are looked after until they are well enough or old enough to be released back into the wild.
What to take with you on a day at the park
Drinking water, picnic items, binoculars, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellant, guide books and of course a camera to capture the magical moments.
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