Nairobi National Park, Nairobi Hotels

Before going into the details of what Nairobi National Park is like, here are the reasons you should visit Nairobi National Park.

  • The obvious –it is the only wildlife park in the city. Nairobi Central Business District is in close proximity.
  • It is home to the black rhinoceros; which is an endangered species
  • Nairobi National Park is the first park to be gazetted in Kenya on December 16, 1946.
  • The park has diverse birdlife –over 400 bird species are found here. At least 20 of which are seasonal European migrants
  • It is a major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks
  • The park is home to over 100 species of mammals including the four of the Big-Five (lion, buffalo, leopard, and  rhino)
  • You will enjoy spectacular migration of wildebeest and zebra
  • It is home to some of the large predators which include lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah
  • Aggregations of large herbivores can be spotted which include eland, buffalo, zebra, and wildebeest
  • This wildlife park has walking trails at the hippos pools
  • Ivory Burning Site Monument is here
  • And so is Nairobi Safari Walk and the Nairobi Animal Orphanage
  • And last but not least, you will enjoy spacious accommodating picnic sites

Nairobi National Park Details

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 populations.

Park Neighborhood

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 park is not fenced to allow animals’ movement and migration. The other three park boundaries-northern, eastern, western boundaries are fenced.

Migration and Park Habitat

The great migration Masai Mara National Reserve

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
  • Camping
  • Bush dinners
  • Photography
  • Weddings
  • Picnics
  • Corporate events and team buildings

Nairobi Weather & Climate

Nairobi has a warm and temperate climate.

The 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

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 use of M-Pesa, VISA Card, and Direct deposit to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Bank Accounts.

Park Contacts

Telephone: 020-2423423, 020-2587435
KWS Reservations Email:
Inquiries Email:

Nairobi National Park Accommodation

Accommodation is nothing to worry about. Nairobi City has so many vibrant hotels to choose from.

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