Nairobi National Park, Kenya Tourist Attractions and Travel

Nairobi National Park is unique. Situated immediately adjacent to the city of Nairobi (it's northern boundary marches next to the Industrial Area) this is Kenya's oldest national park which shows how the land was when Nairobi was established one hundred years ago. The 117 km2 Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. As expected, the park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi.


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The park contains savanna land that stretches right up to the skyline of Nairobi - the only major city in the world that neighbors a natural game protection park. While no accommodation is offered within the park itself, visitors can find good accommodation in the city of Nairobi without any difficulty. The park is located 7 km from Nairobi, so visitors can arrange day trips to the park to watch the wildlife. The Nairobi National Park is a leading sanctuary to the Black Rhinos unique to Kenya. While most animals live in the park seasonally and migrate according to the time of the year, the rhinos stay in the park all the year round. Other animals in the park include the herds of zebra, wildebeest and eland that enter the park during their migration in July-August to enjoy its rich grass. Lately, a cheetah has successfully raised 7 cubs in the park - an event that visitors to the park have observed and enjoyed. The Nairobi National Park Travel park also shelters animals like the buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, and hippo. The road network in the park is generally good, and suitable for saloon and 4X4 vehicles. For visitors, there is a Nature trail and an education center at the main gate, and about six picnic sites.

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The park also serves many residents and citizens living in the city The park has a diversity of environments with characteristic fauna and flora. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest in the south. In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Man-made dams have also added a further habitat, favourable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biota(life forms). The dams also attract water dependent herbivores during the dry season.


Where else, just on the edge of a capital city (or any other city for that matter) only 15-20 minutes from the centre of town can you go and confidently expect to see lions and rhinos, and much more, in the wild. The Nairobi National Park Attractions Nairobi National is 120 kms2 teeming with game and contains almost everything you might see bigger more remote parks, except elephants. In fact it is the best place in Kenya, if not the whole of Africa, to see Black rhinos in the wild.


The park has a rich/diverse birdlife with 400 species recorded. However all species are not always present and some are seasonal. Northern migrants pass through the park primarily during late March through April. West Lake

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Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful of Kenya's rhino sanctuaries that is already generating a stock for reintroduction in the species former range and other upcoming sanctuaries. Due to this success, it is one of the few parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat.


To the south of the park is the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration and dispersal area. These are vital areas for herbivores dispersal during the rains and concentrate in the park in the dry season.


Nairobi, as a capital city, is unique in having a wildlife park on its doorstep. Indeed the city abuts the Nairobi National Park on all but the southern perimeter so it is possible to photograph a rhino, browsing peace fully among the whistling thorn with high-rise office buildings in the backdrop. Some of the wildlife is migratory and when vegetation and water are present outside the park, they move out into Maasailand through the unfenced southern boundary. There is also a resident population of plains game and predators so a visit at any time of the year is a rewarding experience. Well laid out, with exceptionally well-maintained roads, the park is a model for all others, geophysically and administratively. Of the most popular species only the elephant is an absentee. But the rest of the Big Five: leopard, lion, buffalo and rhino - as well as a multitude of other creatures are all well represented.

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Only a few kilometres from the city centre, this is the most accessible of Kenya's game parks. It is here, at this 117 km2 park, that you can get unique photographs of lion, rhino, giraffes and wildebeest strolling against a backdrop of glinting skyscrapers. Declared a game park in 1945, it is fenced on one side only and despite its proximity to the city, the animals move freely across the other Nairobi National Park Tourism borders to the neighbouring Athi Plains. This is a great place to see rhino as it is a little too close to the city for the comfort of poachers. There have also been more than 500 species of bird spotted here.

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The Athi River at the park's far end forms a delightful natural boundary to the park and provides shady walks through a riverine forest well populated with monkeys and birds and in the river pools lay the hippo and crocodile. Large populations of giraffe, wildebeest, eland and Thomson's gazelle dominate the plains, with strutting secretary birds and powerful ostrich as attractive counter-points. Nairobi National Park's pride of lions are well observed by the park staff and an inquiry at the gate, when entering, will usually elicit their whereabouts. Cheetah, too, have made the park famous and these might be located with a similar inquiry.


More recently Nairobi National Park has been designated as a rhino sanctuary and more than 50 rhinos had been moved into the park from remote parts of the country where poaching was rife. So Nairobi National Park is really the most favored place in the country to see rhino. Along the south-western boundary of the park, the scenery is magnificent; this is an area of steep valleys created by streams joining the Athi River. Hyraxes are plentiful on the rocks alongside the road and the sure-sighted may spot klipspringer or mountain reedbuck, generally unobserved by the thousands of visitors who search the park annually. Later, on the boundary road there are splendid views over the Kitengela plains, the dispersal area for the park's ungulates. The park side of the river is an area favored by zebra.

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Within the Nairobi National Park's 117 square kilometers, there are over 80 species of mammals and more bird species than can be found in the whole of the British Isles. During the rains, both the long and the short, wild flowers are in Nairobi National Park Travel profusion and there are places where the plains are an unending wave of yellow daisies (Bidens Palustris), which seems not to be liked, as food, by any wildlife.


The entrance to the park is at the Kenya Wildlife Services headquarters on Langata Road and visitors can tour by car. Just at the gates is the Animal Orphanage where occasionally young abandoned animals are nursed back to health, but it is more a zoo than anything.


There is a wide variety of habitats from open grass plains to rocky river gorges and dry forest. This variety attracts a wide range of wildlife, with over 400 species of bird being recorded in the park as well as over 100 types of mammal. It takes 3-4 hours to get around and see most of the park, and there are some roads suitable for saloon cars. There are various picnic sites and a nature trail at Hippo pools. Some of the plains game disperses across the Athi plains in the wet season but moves back into the park in July and August as there are permanent water holes.


Near the main gate to the Nairobi National Park is the Animal Orphanage. Rather than a home for the lost and lame it is maintained more for those Kenyans who are unable to visit the parks than for visitors. Near the Nairobi National Park Attractions Banda gate Daphne Sheldrick runs an orphanage, where she cares for young elephants and rhinos. Visitors are allowed to visit at certain times and a donation is expected. Young elephant may not always be present, as they are not kept longer than necessary.

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Interestingly, the park contains a historic Ivory Burning Site. This was the site where President Daniel Arap Moi burnt 10 tons of ivory to make a bold statement in eliminating the poaching of elephants for the tusks. Since then, such fires have been lit twice to destroy confiscated rhino horns and ivory.


One of the best, though extravagant, ways to see a little of the park is on the overnight train from Mombassa. Have breakfast in the dining car, on the left hand side, and the last 20 minutes or so of the journey is along the edge of the park. You won't see much, and the train journey alone takes 10-12 hours, and you have to get to Mombassa in the first place, and the breakfast isn't great, but Nairobi National Park Tourism just for that 20 minutes, eating your breakfast and sipping your tea as you glide along with the chance of seeing a couple of ostrich, you feel that this is the proper way to see Africa. More realistically for $70-100 you can book a 4 hour tour of the park from any hotel, and seemingly from any shop or even anyone with a car.

Nairobi National Park, Kenya Tourist Attractions
If you are just passing through Nairobi, or you are on a major safari and you have a few hours to spare or can‘t wait to get amongst the big game, if you are on a business trip and you don’t have time to get to any of the big parks, or even if you just have a few hours to kill before your flight (Nairobi NP is just next to the airport) it is definitely worth a visit.

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