Nairobi National Park “The World’s Wildlife Capital”

Nairobi National Park

The Nairobi national park is located a short drive out of the capital city – Nairobi making it indeed “the world’s wildlife capital”. The park is characterized by wide open grass plains with a backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers and scattered acacia bush.

The park is home to a variety of wildlife including lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffalos giraffes and the endangered black rhino. It also possesses a diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Make time for a day tour to the Nairobi national park and make use of the park’s picnic sites, walking trails for hiking and three campsites where you can pitch your tent to stay overnight.

Key features

Wildlife

The park hosts a variety of wildlife including both small and big game. Visitors to this park can expect to see;

  • Animals that include buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, baboon, zebra, wildebeest and cheetah—100 mammal species.
  • There are also 400 migratory and endemic bird species.

Picnic Facilities
The Park presents picnic sites and ambiance for corporate events, bush dinners, weddings, picnics, team building sessions, video shoot and film production as below;

  • Mokoyiet,
  • King Fisher
  • historic ivory burning site
  • Impala

Park Size

117 sq. Km

Climate

Just like Nairobi city, the park experiences a hot and dry season between January and March, a hot and wet season from April to June and the months of July through October are very warm and wet.

What to take with you

The parking list can vary from person to person and according to what you are looking to accomplish during your visit. The following however should be on your list when visiting Nairobi national park

  • Drinking water, picnic items (for picnic lunches).
  • Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a guidebook

Activities

Camping, Corporate & special events, Game viewing, Picnic

How to get there

The park is easy to get by using the road and by air transport.

  • By Road: You drive only 10 kilometers southwest of Nairobi city. This short drive encourages many to visit the park before their evening flight out of Nairobi.
  • By Air: You fly in to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Wilson Airports

Attractions

The park itself is an attraction given its close proximity to the city and there is a great deal of activities and attractions as below;

  • The only Wildlife park in the world that is so close to the city
  • Black rhinoceros :which is an endangered species
  • The first park to be gazetted in Kenya on December 16, 1946
  • Major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks
  • Diverse birdlife: Has over 400 bird species. At least 20 of which are seasonal European migrants.
  • Home to over 100 mammal species, four of the Big Five (lion, Buffalo, leopard and  rhino)
  • Has a spectacular wildebeest and zebra migration
  • Large predators- lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.
  • Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest
  • Ivory Burning Site Monument
  • Walking trails at hippo pools
  • Nairobi Safari Walk & the Orphanage.
  • Spacious accommodating picnic sites