NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
The oldest national park in Kenya is Nairobi National Park. Despite abutting the city, it is famed for its Black Rhino Sanctuary and is also home to many other Kenyan species, including lions, leopards, and hyenas. Due to its proximity to Nairobi, it is also relatively accessible to both Kenyans and foreigners who wish to go on safari without having to travel and spend the night somewhere else. Buffalo herds and a horde of ostriches can be seen in Nairobi National Park, which is located near the Embakasi River. The summertime wildebeest migration may be witnessed there, and four of Africa’s “Big Five” animals can be seen there.
The Nairobi National Park, dubbed “The World’s Wildlife Capital,” is only a short drive from Nairobi’s downtown. The endangered black rhino, as well as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes, and varied birdlife with over 400 species of documented, live in wide-open grass plains with city skyscrapers as their backdrop. Picnic areas, three campsites, and hiking routes can all be enjoyed by visitors to the park.
HOW BIG IS NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
1946 saw the creation of Nairobi National Park. When compared to several of Kenya’s other national parks, it is small. It illustrates how Kenya was when the City of Nairobi was forming more over a century ago, when it was still in its undeveloped state. Nairobi National Park, which is just 117km2 (44 square miles) in size, is made up of typical, native Kenyan landscapes such grasslands, woodlands, steep gorges, and rich vegetation along the banks of the Embakasi River. The terrain is a high-altitude savannah with acacia trees scattered throughout the wide plains. Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, is only a short distance away from the park, and the industrial section of the city is right next to it.
WHAT TO SEE AT NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
This park safeguards the critically endangered black rhinoceros and provides black rhinos to neighboring national parks. Take a game drive to view four of the “Big Five,” but not elephants: lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. Five picnic areas and walking routes are available. There are 400 species of birds documented here, making bird viewing popular. It’s fun to observe turtles and tortoises.
Climate From July through March, when the weather is primarily dry and sunny, is the best time to visit Nairobi. During the months of April through June, it will rain. Transport is challenging during this season, and going on a safari to see the animals is all but impossible. Rain is also a possibility from October through December.