Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is made up of wide grass plains with abundant wildlife and a backdrop of the city scrapers only about 7km away. Nairobi National Park was established in 1946, making it the first national park established in Kenya. The Park covers a total size of 117.21 square kilometres, with an altitude range of 1533-1760 metres. Three sides of the park are fenced, with the south left open to allow wildlife to migrate between the park and the adjacent Kitengela plains.
The National Park is blessed with a variety of flora and fauna that roam the park, making a visit to the park very rewarding. The wildlife in the park that travellers can see while on a Nairobi National Park safari include African buffaloes, eastern black rhinos, zebras, hartebeests, common eland, impala, Masai giraffes, ostriches and so many others. The herbivorous wildlife of Nairobi National Park use the Kitengela conservation area in the southern side of the park during the wet season from where they feed. Nairobi National Park has about 500 species of birds including migratory species as well as aquatic species that can be spotted in the dams.
A Rhino sanctuary is run in the park, from where orphaned elephants and rhinos are cared for until they can be released back into the wild. The Park is sometimes called Kifaru Ark which means Rhinoceros sanctuary, and is one of the places that travellers can surely spot black rhinos in their natural habitat.
The Park is a tourist destination for many travellers in Kenya who most a time visit the park for a weekend or on days they are available in the midst of Meetings or Conferences in the city and have some time to spare for a Kenya safari to see the various attractions of the park that include birds, wildlife like hyenas, among so many others. Some of the activities in Nairobi National Park that travellers can do include the Game viewing, picnicking, bird watching, camping, as well as Corporate and Special events.
The best time to visit Nairobi National Park
The Park experiences both the hot and wet season. The hot and dry season is experienced between January and March, hot and wet season is experienced from the month of April to June while the months of July through October are very warm and wet. The wildlife population in Nairobi National Park is particularly high during the dry season, visiting at that time of the year is therefore most advised though the park is open all year through, irrespective of the season.
How to get to Nairobi Park
Getting to Nairobi Park is not so hard, given its proximity to the capital. The National Park can be reached by road and air. By road, Nairobi National Park is only about 10km away from Nairobi city centre, a drive that is enjoyable and short to take. Travellers can also get to the park by public means with buses being easily got at the park entrance. 1 day short safaris to Nairobi National Park can be done here. Travellers can also get to Nairobi National Park by air, with flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airports.
There are a number of lodging options available in and around Nairobi NP that travellers can stay in while on a safari in the park, catering for all ranges of travellers.
The National Park is one park that would have travellers enjoying a typical African safari in the vicinity of the city. Depending on how much time one has to spare in Nairobi city, travellers can choose between half-day and full-day or even multiday tour to the park. Whereas the park can be visited with a short safari, a multiday safari gives travellers an opportunity to extensively explore the park and enjoy the various activities that can be done in the park including bird watching during which time loads of bird species can be seen.
Interested in taking a safari to Nairobi NP? Get in touch with a reputable tour operator to help you with the necessary booking and planning.