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Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is one of the only national park in the world that borders a capital city Nairobi. In addition to everything else, this is the most incredible safari destination in all of East Africa. The park is rich in wildlife, including the big five, but it only has the big four mammals, which are leopards, lions, rhinoceroses, and buffaloes. The park lacks elephants because it is small, and elephants need enough space. Other animal species to spot on a safari include baboons and hyenas and various bird species.

Despite its small size, Nairobi National Park boasts the largest and most diverse population of the most successful rhino sanctuaries in the entire world. Plan a safari with Primate Safaris to learn more about Nairobi National Park’s diversity and explore the park’s history. Nairobi National Park was established in 1946 and is the oldest of all the national parks in Kenya. Imagine arriving in the city and being greeted by the first and best safari in just a few minutes. That is how gratifying and incredibly natural Nairobi National Park is, making it a safari haven for anyone who wants to visit Kenya.

Attractions in Nairobi National Park. 


The four mammal members of the Big Five Animals leopards, lions, buffaloes, and rhinoceroses are found in Nairobi National Park make it a popular destination for wildlife safaris. Gazelles, zebras, cheetahs, coke’s hartebeest, hippos, elands, impala, giraffes, baboons, common warthogs, waterbucks, blue wildebeest, Grant’s gazelle, common warthog, black-backed jackal, and many other animal species can also be seen in the park.

Bird species.

Nairobi National Park is a birding haven with over 500 bird species, including the Abyssinian thrush, Kori bustard, Jackson’s widowbird, Grey crowned crane, Martial eagle, secretary bird, Sooty falcon, White-headed vulture, pallid harrier, Goliath heron, Spur-winged Goose, Gabar Goshwak, ostrich and among many others can be located in the park.

Ivory burning site monument.

The Ivory Burning Site Monument, where the former president of Kenya, President Daniel Arap Moi, burned ivory to show poachers to stop the bad acts of poaching and instead to protect and conserve the environment and to zero trade of ivory in the country, this is a landmark for the conservation of wildlife. Those are the elephants that were denatured to get the ivory.

Impala observation point. 

Impala observation point is one of the highest points in Nairobi National Park and provides the most breathtaking views of the impalas in the open plains that are home to them. Tourists are also permitted to have picnics at the impala observation point while they are taking in the park’s wildlife.

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

On a safari to Nairobi National Park, you learn about elephants and the significance of conserving them. The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is the rescue centre for the elephants and among other wildlife like the rhinos. This is where the elephants are taken care of from the orphanage stage in Nairobi National Park and later be transferred to Tsavo National Park.

Nairobi Animal Orphanage.

Nairobi Animal Orphanage serves as a treatment and rehabilitation facility. The orphanage offers the necessary medical examination and treatment for the wildlife species before rehabilitation based on the individual needs of the animals. For the animals like the lions, leopards, buffalos, baboons, jackals, hyenas, and among others, even the bird species that can be injured can be found there like the ostrich, parrot, crown crane, and among others in Nairobi National Park. Nairobi Animal Orphanage is a fantastic tourist safari destination that draws both domestic and foreign visitors, schoolchildren on field trips and adults interested in wildlife viewing and the unforgettable safari experience.

Activities to do in Nairobi National Park. 

Game drives.

The greatest times to experience Nairobi National Park’s vast biodiversity are during game drives, which are conducted in the morning and afternoon. On a safari, the morning game drives give the tourists a better chance of spotting the variety of animal species in the park because most of them can be active at that time as opposed to the evening game drives when most of them can be hiding from predators and the intense heat in their hiding places. And during the game drive that’s when the tourists can see the wildlife present in the park including the massive big four mammals of the big five mammals.

Bird watching.

The best and most appropriate safari activity to do in Nairobi National park is bird watching. With over 500 different bird species living there, the park is home to a wide variety of bird species. Bird watchers can observe various attractive and colourful species like martial eagle, Egptian goose, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Kori Bustard, Hartlaub’s turaco, Pied Cuckoo, African Finfoot, Spotted Thick-knee, Black-winged Lapwing, African Jacana, Black-headed Gull, African Openbill, White Stork, Marabou Stork, Long-tailed Cormorant, Great White Pelican, Hamerkop, Black-headed Heron, Goliath heron, African Sacred Ibis, Egptian Vulture, Crowned Eagle, Narina Trogon, secretary bird and among many others. From April to November, there is a chance to see a variety of bird species, including migratory bird species.

Walking safari.

Tourists enjoy exploring the entire park on foot and a walking safari enables them to see what they expect to see in the wild. This provides them with the best moments and the most rewarding encounters with the wildlife species. It is even more enjoyable when the wildlife species move around in the visitor enclosures, providing the best opportunity for the tourists to view them from a very clear sight.

Best time to visit Nairobi National Park. 

The dry season, which runs from July to October, as well as the months of January and February, are the ideal times to explore Nairobi National Park. Then, August is tied with July as the driest month in Nairobi while July has the lowest annual rainfall of all the months.

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