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.
Proximity to the equator means there are just two seasons in Kenya- Dry and Wet. And it's a no-brainer the wildlife safari is at its best during the dry season. Although Nairobi National park is open around the year, game viewing is at its best during the dry season from June to September. The dry conditions mean the game is out and about congregating near the watering holes ensuring for some fascinating game viewing and not obscured by the dense high grass like in the wet seasons of March-May and November-December. The wet conditions disperse the wildlife to areas where they are hard to spot. If you are a birder or naturalist then the wet season with its migratory birds and profusion of wildflowers in full bloom would keep you interested.
Starting with the endangered black rhinoceros and over 400 species of birds; the park also boasts of large predators like lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah; large herbivores such as eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest; explore the ivory burning site monument; walking trails at hippo pools; Nairobi safari walk and orphanage; spacious picnic sites. If you are visiting the park in the wet seasons you can watch the wildflowers blooming in numbers beside the migratory birds in full flight. And if you are arriving in July/ August then don't miss out on the annual wildebeest migration.
You can reach the park by road and by air.
Nairobi National Park is only 7km from Nairobi's city center via Langata Road and visitors can get there by private or public mass transport.
You arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airports.