Gazetted in 1946 as the first East Africa park, Nairobi National Park is famous for it’s close proximity to Nairobi City. It’s a mixture of grass plains and highland dry forest, including a permanent river.
Over 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park. It’s such a source of amazement that such a variety of wildlife can be viewed within sight of the skyscrapers and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and four of the BIG 5 can be seen here – leopard, lion, buffalo, and rhino, but no elephant.
As in all national parks, the animals are free to come and go as grazing dictates; the usual ‘faunal reservoir’ adjacent in this case the Kitengela Conservation Area and the Ngong Hills Game Reserve.
For all its ‘urbanity’, remember the game is as wild as anywhere.
It is because of the park’s location within the city that Nairobi is fondly known as ‘The Safari Capital of the World’.
A day tour at Nairobi National Park offers a gentle orientation into the world of safari giving you a taste of what to expect from the bigger parks spread around the country.
Few things can be as exciting as watching the game all morning but sitting down for a picnic lunch inside the park during your day tour is a unique experience to look forward to.
There are plenty of other activities for those taking a full day tour including taking a walk at the hippo pools, checking out the historic ivory burning site and visiting the Nairobi Safari Walk. Some of the other fun activities to engage in the park include camping, and hiking, corporate events, team building sessions, weddings and video and film production.