Nairobi National Park is located south of Nairobi City; a distance of 10 km from the Nairobi Central Business District using the KWS headquarters gate on Lang’ata Road.
It the first Kenya national park, established in the year 1946. The park occupies a relatively small surface area of 117.21 km2 for an African national park with an altitude ranging from 1,533-1,760 m.
Nairobi National Park is separated from the city by an electric fence to prevent conflict between the animals and local people. Despite its relatively small size and closeness to the city, it boasts a wide variety of wildlife population.
Inside the Park, you can view Nairobi City and its skyscrapers in the near horizon.
To the south of the park are the Kitengela Conservation Area and Athi-Kapiti plains separated from the park by the Mbagathi River. This southern border of the
During the dry season, animals including the wildebeest and zebra migrate to the park through the Kitengela Conservation Area and migration corridor to the south of the park from the Athi-Kapiti plains. They migrate back to plains in the wet season. The migration happens in July and August.
Nairobi National Park habitat consists of grass plain, scattered acacia bushes, dry forest, riverine forest, deep rocky valleys and gorges.
Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries in Kenya. David Sheldrick Trust also runs a sanctuary there for the orphaned elephants and rhinoceros calves, and later releases them back into secure sanctuaries.
Nairobi National Park Animals/Wildlife
Nairobi National Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Most popular animals include; the Cape buffalo, lion, leopard, black rhino, Coke’s hartebeest, giraffe, zebra, eland, impala, waterbuck, baboon, cheetah, hippopotamus, wildebeest and many others.
It has a variety of birds-over 500 species of birds on record which include the vultures and ostriches. Some are migratory species while some are permanent.
Other Nairobi National Park Attractions
- Wildebeest and zebra migrations in July and August
- Nairobi Safari Walk
- Nairobi Animal Orphanage
- Ivory Burning Site Monument
- Camping Sites-Kilimanjaro Annex, Isukuti, Treetop Hut, Sirimon Cottages etc.
- Picnic Sites
- The Rhino Sanctuary for breeding and restocking other animal parks
Things to do in Nairobi National Park
- Game viewing
- Bush dinners
- Corporate events and team buildings
Nairobi National Park Weather & Climate
Nairobi has a warm and temperate climate.
Average annual temperature is 19°C. The warmest month of the year is March, with an average temperature of 21°C. The coldest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 18°C.
The annual average rainfall is 869 mm. The wettest month of the year is April while July is the driest.
When to Visit
You can visit Nairobi all year round. Nairobi is situated close to the equator and it hard to have extreme weather.
How to get there
By Road, the park is 10 km from the City using the KWS Headquarters gate. You can use public means, hire a Taxi or join a safari on hire.
By Air,through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Wilson Airport.
Nairobi National Park Entrance Fees/Charges
The entrance park charges are as follows:
Citizens (KES): Adult 430 Child 215
Residents (KES): Adult 1,030 Child 515
Non Residents (USD): Adult 43 Child 22
The methods of payment include the
Nairobi National Park Contacts
Telephone: 020-2423423, 020-2587435
KWS Reservations Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiries Email: email@example.com
Accommodation is nothing to worry about. Nairobi City has so many vibrant hotels to choose from.
Have a great Safari!