Nairobi National Park
A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district is the Nairobi National Park. Vast open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife, including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and a diverse birdlife with over 400 species of recorded. In addition, visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and walking trails for hikers.
Nairobi national park was Kenya’s First Park, established in 1946. The park is best known for its large Black and White Rhino population, which can be easily seen on a game safari.
On the southern boundary is the Athi River, home to crocodiles, Hippo a terrapin. The southern part opens up to the Athi plains; Wildebeest Migrate to this part of the park during the July to September window.
Nairobi National Park consists partly of thick woods near the city outskirts, partly of rolling plains and valleys, and partly of the wooded confluence of several rivers; its vegetation is of the dry transitional savanna type.
Why Visit Nairobi National Park
- The only Wildlife Park in the world that is so close to the city
- Animal orphanage
- Major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks
- Diverse birdlife – Has over 400 bird species.
- Home of large predators- lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.
- Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest
What to Do
- Game drive safaris
- Guided walking safaris
- An easy drive 10km South of Nairobi City Center
Best Time to Visit
- Year-round but recommended dry season (June to October and January to February)