Nairobi National Park is so close to the city that you will be on a game drive within 20 minutes of driving from Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Maasai giraffes, lions, cheetahs, oribis, elands, kirk’s dik-dik, and many other animals roam freely in the seemingly endless savannah.
It deserves recognition as an incredible wilderness where great herds of zebra and antelope graze alongside herds of hundreds of buffalo. Despite being located right on the edge of Nairobi city, it boasts about 80 rhinos and a thriving population of lions that is almost too large for a park of its size.
For obvious reasons, the park is fenced on the city side. However, it is open on the southern side. This facilitates free wildlife movement from the bordering Athi Plains. The birdlife here is remarkable too, with lots of large grass dwellers, especially northern pied babbler, ostrich, and secretary birds. In our experience, the best time to visit is at 6 am, when animals are in their most active state.
A striking feature of the park is the unique skyline of Nairobi, a bustling city center with lots of accommodation options where you can stay just in case you wish to experience the nightlife of East Africa in addition to your wildlife tour.
Alternatively, you can spend the night in the park. It has two safari lodges where you can unwind as you experience the healing power of nature.
You can combine your visit here with a tour of Bomas of Kenya, a cultural village where they showcase the traditional ways of life of the 42 Kenyan tribes. Another great addition is the Elephant orphanage and Giraffe Center, where you can hand-feed animals that were rescued from poachers. Both places are within easy reach and open throughout the week.
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