I recently had the privilege of visiting the Nairobi National Park. It is one of Kenya’s twenty three National Parks. However, what makes it stand out is the fact that it is regarded as the “World’s Wildlife Capital”. This is because of it’s strategic location that is only a short drive away from the Nairobi Business District. Now how cool is that?
However, despite it’s proximity, majority of Nairobi’s city residents have not paid a visit to this home of upto 100 mammal species and over 400 bird species.
Zebra grazing within the Park copyright @RootsofAfrika
The Nairobi National Park is home to four of the big five animals. Can you guess which among the big five is not found in the park? It’s not the Rhino, nor is it the Lion, Leopard or Buffalo but the Elephant. There are various Park activities and Park attractions to enjoy alongside the spectacular wildlife. You may opt to have a game drive where you get to spot various wildlife busy grazing, browsing or simply napping and walking against the city scrappers as their backdrop. This is a spectacular sight to behold and one that will forever be etched at the corner of valuable memories.
Giraffes strolling within the park. copyright @RootsofAfrika
The rhinoceros with its young one. It is among the endangered species at the park. Copyright Ceri_Kanja
The park also hosts the Nairobi Safari Walk and the animal orphanage. The Nairobi Safari walk offers a relaxed stroll as you gaze upon different types of animal species such as the Hippo, Leopard, Cheetah, Rhino, Ostriches, Water bucks among many more. The facility also offers children’s wildlife classes and this together with the animal orphanage provide a good platform for you as well as the little ones to learn more about the wildlife and interact with them fondly under the supervision of the park’s guides.
The wooden platform within the Nairobi Safari Walk. Copyright Ceri_Kanja
A leopard basking within its confines at the Nairobi Safari Walk. Copyright Ceri_Kanja
One of the Protected White Rhinos within the park. Copyright Ceri_Kanja
The park equally boasts of spacious picnic sites and camping sites thus making it ideal for group hangouts as well as overnight stays at the park. So why not spend the night there around a cozy bonfire just to get away from the bustles of the City life? And the best part is that you do not have to travel far and wide to do this thus very budget friendly to the city dweller.
Local Tourists enjoying the park’s view. Copyright @RootsofAfrika
The Park’s rates as well as full list of attractions and park activities can be easily found here