Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park

Overview

A wildlife sanctuary with skyscrapers as the backdrop; yet the animals are at home as they go about their daily routine languorously. Welcome to the Nairobi National Park! Located in the outskirts of southern Nairobi, at an altitude of 1533 to 1760 meters, the Nairobi NP is one of the most accessible parks in Kenya thanks to its proximity to the capital city. Covering a rather small area of 117sq.km, the park encompasses diverse habitats that range from scattered acacia bush to open grass plains interspersed with steep gorges, highland dry forest on the west and riverine forest in the south near the Embakasi River. The diverse habitats play host to nearly 80 recorded species including rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, hippos, hyena, and cheetah; alongside large herbivores such as eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. The park is also a popular birding attraction with nearly 400 recorded species of avifauna making their presence felt near the park's wetland areas. Some of them are migratory and are only seen in the month of late March through April. Nicknamed ‘Kifaru Ark’, as a testament for its success in endangered black rhino conservation, the park is home to nearly 50 rhinos. The park doesn't permit overnight camping but is good as a picnic site and offers plenty of walking trails. If you are visiting the park in the wet seasons you can watch the wildflowers in full bloom and in numbers and if you are arriving in July/ August then don't miss out on the annual wildebeest migration.

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