Nairobi National Park covers an area of 117 square kilometers (44 square miles) and it was the first national park in Kenya to be established in 1946. It’s one of the most successful rhino sanctuaries in Kenya.
Game drives can be organized to visit the park though no Elephants because of the park size (small) and its proximity to the capital city, trying to avoid wildlife-human conflict. The park also doesn’t have sufficient woodland forest for the elephants but the other big four can be viewed in the park (Cape buffalo, lions, leopards and the rhino) among other wildlife.
The park is approximately 7 km from Nairobi Central Business District, its only electrical fence which separates the park and the metropolis. It’s the only park in a city in the entire world and home to several species of animals and birds.
Nairobi National Park Weather
Nairobi National Park is usually hot and dry especially in the months of January to March and July to October before the rainy season in April and November.
Nairobi National Park Location
The Park is located in Nairobi County 7 km from the CBD and can be accessed via several park gates which includes Langata gate, the Main Gate at KWS headquarters, Mbagathi Gate, Cheetah Gate etc. The park altitude varies from 5,030 to 5,774 ft (1,533 to 1760 m) above sea level and its coordinates are 1.3616° S, 36.8452° E
Nairobi National Park Tour
DK Grand Safaris offers daily half day Nairobi National Park tour with pick up from Nairobi city hotel or direct from Jomokenyatta International Airport, the Game drive will start immediately you enter the park gates.
Nairobi National Park bus tour or game drives can be organized as; private safaris Kenya, family safari holidays, photographic safari Kenya, couple safari or private group safari.
The package includes Nairobi National Park Entrance Fee, unlimited bottled water, services of a professional driver guide etc. The tour usually lasts for five to six hours and you will be transferred back to your Nairobi city hotel or the airport.
Nairobi National Park Hotel/Accommodations
There are several boutiques and classic hotels near Nairobi National Park which offer ultimate luxury and convince to your needs. Contact us for guidance as per your needs. They include the following;
- The Giraffe Manor
- Radisson Blu
- The Boma Hotel
- Hilton Garden Inn
Nairobi National Park Best Time to Visit
Early in the morning and evenings are the best timings for game drivers in Nairobi National Park as middy day tend to be hot and most animals especially the cats will be sleeping under the bushes.
Early morning game drive in Nairobi National Park can be combined with other attractions nearby which include; Giraffe Centre Tour, Karen Blixen Museums and Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
Dry months offer better game drivers i.e. January to March and late May to November through Nairobi National Park is all year round tourist destination for game drivers.
Nairobi National Park Opening Time
The park gates are opened from 06:00 am daily
The park gates are closed from 07:00 pm daily
Nairobi National Park Animals
More than 80 different species of mammals have been recorded at Nairobi National Park which includes the big four namely; Lions, Cape Buffaloes, Rhinos and the Leopard. Other mammals recorded in the park includes Cheetahs, elands, warthogs, giraffe, zebras, monkeys, wildebeest, hippopotamus, mongoose, baboons, hyenas, impala, grants gazelles, coke hartebeest etc.
Approximately 450 species of birds both endemic and migratory have been recorded in the same park which includes several water birds; Whistling ducks, Egyptian goose, Cape teal, Yellow-billed duck, Little grebe, Yellow-billed storks, African open billed stork, Saddle-billed storks, Marabou stork, Sacred ibis, African spoonbill, Grey herons, Cattle egret, Goliath herons, White pelican, Great cormorant,
Nairobi national park birds of prey include; Africa Fish Eagle, Secretary bird, Vultures, Goshawk, Bustards, and Owls. Other birds species found there are Ostrich, Guinea fowls, Francolins, Crowned crane, Plovers, Sandgrouse, Pigeons, Doves, Owls, Lilac-breasted rollers, Cuckoo, Shrikes, Sunbirds, Weavers etc.
40 different species of amphibians and reptiles which includes Leopard tortoise, helmeted terrapins, Red-headed agama lizards, skink, Nile monitor lizards, chameleons, Toads, Frogs, etc have also been recorded from the same park.
Not to forget approximately 500 different tree and shrubs species are also found in the park including; silky oak, Croton megalocarpus, Euphorbia candelabrum, Finger euphorbia, Orchid tree, Whistling thorn acacia, Yellow barked acacia, Sycamore fig tree etc.
Nairobi National Park Highlight
- The Big four animals (Lion, café buffalo, leopard, rhino) among other wild animals.
- Almost 450 different birds’ species.
- Hippo Pool – You can take a walk along the Athi River in search of the hippopotamus and crocodiles in addition to many velvet monkeys which huge around that area.
- Baboon Clip/Escarpment – located at the south border of the park, has some huts and it’s the best place for picnic meals if you had taken picnic lunch with you.
- Narogoman dam – it’s the first attraction in the park; the dam attracts several animals and birds especially during the dry season.
- Mokoyeti picnic site – it’s an open cliff top with toilets and a good picnic site as well.
- The Ivory Memorial Burning Site.
OTHER SUGGESTED EXCURSIONS TO COMBINE WITH NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
- Giraffe Centre
- Karen Blixen Museums
- Daphine Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
- Kazuri Beads Industry
Nairobi National Park
DK Grand Safaris
Kenya Wildlife Services
Landline Contact: 254(20)2379407
Phone: 254 726 610508/9
P.O Box 40241 – 00100
Nairobi – Kenya