Nairobi National Park
Duration: Half Day
Kenya is undoubtedly one of the world’s premier safari destinations, boasting a rich diversity of wildlife and no fewer than 40 national parks and reserves to explore. You will find every type of African plain animal here, in a variety of different habitats; from desert and ocean to lush valleys and rainforest. This tour will take you on a game drive through Nairobi National Park, one of Kenya’s most popular national parks. This is a great starting point for an African safari.
Established in 1946, Nairobi National Park is Kenya's first established National Park. Located literally on the edge of the capital’s city centre, the park covers an area of approximately 30,000 acres and hosts a variety of different habitats such as dry forests, wild bush, grassy plains, rocky valleys and gorges, scrubland, rivers and man-made dams. The park is renowned for its rich diversity of wildlife, which includes over 100 species of mammals and over 400 recorded species of native and migratory birds.
The park is teeming with game during the dry season, when outside areas have dried up. You are likely to see large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, gazelles and giraffes roaming the vast savannahs, as well as well as lions, cheetahs, leopards, baboons, warthogs, elands, ostriches and many more native species. Out of the Big Five, only elephants are absent in the park, but you do have a good chance of seeing the black rhino at close range.
Nairobi National Park has one of the most successful rhino sanctuaries in Kenya, and is one of only a few parks in the country where visitors can be certain of seeing a black rhinoceros in its natural habitat. To protect the species from poachers, a large number of rhinos have been rescued from remote parts of Kenya and transferred to the park where they now thrive.
Despite the park’s close proximity to the city, the animals move freely away from the fenced borders and across the natural borders as they follow the rains and migrate south through the park. On the way, they travel through a section of the Athi plains known as the Kitengela Migration Corridor. The Athi River forms a beautiful natural boundary in the south, providing scenic walking trails through a forest which is abundant with wildlife such as monkeys and birds. You can also spot hippos and crocodiles in the river pools.
Get you camera ready for non-stop photo opportunities. There is also an Animal Orphanage near the entrance of the park, where young and abandoned animals are nursed back to health, as well as a Wildlife Conservation Educational Centre and a Safari Walk. The nearby Daphne Sheldrick orphanage for baby elephants and rhinos is also well worth a visit during your holiday in Kenya.
The stunning natural beauty and tranquillity of Nairobi National Park is a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the city and a wonderful introduction to Kenya.
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