Nairobi National Park, Kenya
Nairobi National Park; Giraffe against the background of
the skyline of Nairobi City
Nairobi National Park is home to a umber of birds
Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful
Rhino sanctuaries in Kenya
Nairobi National Park (Kenya) is unique by being the only protected
area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a
capital city. Nairobi National Park is a principal attraction
for visitors to Nairobi. The park has a diversity of
environments with characteristic fauna and flora. Open grass
plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western
side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a
riverine forest in the south.
In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and
deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass.
Man-made dams also attract water dependent herbivores during the
The park has a rich/diverse birdlife with 400 species recorded.
However all species are not always present and some are
seasonal. Northern migrants pass through the park primarily
during late March through April. Nairobi National Park is one of
the most successful of Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries that is already
generating a stock for reintroduction in the species former
range and other upcoming sanctuaries.
To the south of Nairobi National Park is the Athi-Kapiti Plains
and Kitengela Migration and dispersal area. These are vital
areas for herbivores dispersal during the rains and concentrate
in the park in the dry season.
Wildlife and other attractions in Nairobi National Park
include Black rhinoceros; diverse birdlife; large predators –
lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah; aggregations of large
herbivores– eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest; Ivory Burning
Site Monument; walking trails at hippo pools; Nairobi Safari
Walk and the Orphanage; spacious picnic sites