Nairobi National Park | Kenya | Wild Safari Guide

Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s oldest park and was the first park in the country to be gazetted. The park sits on the fringe of the capital city and has unusual backdrops of jagged skyscrapers and man-made buildings.

Predominately acacia bush and grasslands, the park provides a habitat for 100 mammals and four of the Big Five in 117 square kilometres of untouched wilderness.

Nairobi National Park’s claim to fame is that it is the only game-rich wildlife region in the world that’s so close to the city. It’s a mere 10 kilometres south from the bustling centre. The wildlife is unaffected by assaulting sounds of the city.

Nairobi National Park is vital for the sustainability of other parks. There is a rhino breeding project within the park that translocates rhinos to other reserves and parks. This is one of Kenya’s major rhino sanctuary parks.

Visitors would need to fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and stay in Nairobi. The Nairobi National Park is only open for day visitors.

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Q What activities are on offer?

There is a well-built network of roads in Nairobi National Park, which appeals to self-drivers. Visitors need to be aware that the park is only open for certain periods of time during the day, which does vary according to the season. Marked out walking trails to hippo pools provide an easy safari walk through Nairobi’s oldest national park.

Q What animals can I expect to see?

There are over 100 mammals within the park, with the most popular sightings being that of giraffe, zebra, buffalo, Grant’s zebra, Coke’s hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, Nile crocodile and hippo.

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There are over 100 mammals within the park, with the most popular sightings being that of giraffe, zebra, buffalo, Grant’s zebra, Coke’s hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, Nile crocodile, and hippo. The wildlife is quite diverse, and visitors can expect to see the Big Five.

Because of the rhino breeding project, there is a high density of black rhino in the park. There appear to be high numbers of lion prides and hyenas, sightings which are always recorded by wardens of the park. The wildlife here does tend to be seasonal, and species often migrate. During the migration, wildebeest are abundant.

There are 400 species of bird, some migratory and others endemic. There are 20 European migrant birds to spot.

The dry season is the best time for game viewing, which is from January to March. This is the time of year when temperatures soar. April to June retains its hot temperatures, but a respite is offered in the form of thundershowers. July to October is warm, humid and rainy.

Rewarding guided game drives in the park take place in the morning and afternoon, introducing guests to the diverse array of wildlife on Nairobi’s doorstep.

There is a well-built network of roads in Nairobi National Park, which appeals to self-drivers. Visitors need to be aware that the park is only open for certain periods during the day, which does vary according to the season.

In the park, there is the Elephant and Rhino Orphanage, which visitors are encouraged to visit. They can learn about the rhino breeding project, the history of the orphanage, and the dangers the park faces when it comes to poaching.

Marked out walking trails to hippo pools provide an easy safari walk through Nairobi’s oldest national park. Exploring Kenya on foot is a riveting experience.

There is no accommodation inside the park. Visitors would need to stay in Nairobi where there is a wide variety of accommodation options. Nairobi National Park caters for day visitors only.

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  • Monday09:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday09:00 - 17:00
  • Friday09:00 - 17:00
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