Simplified Nairobi National Park Travel Guide

Nairobi National Park is situated approximately 6 miles (10km) south of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Established in 1944, the park covers 117 square km of pristine savanna and scattered acacia bushes, making a perfect host to a large population of wildlife, including lions, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, buffalos, giraffes and hyenas among others.

Facts About Nairobi National Park

  • It’s the only wildlife park in the world located adjacent to a city
  • It’s home to the endangered black rhino species
  • It was gazetted in Kenya on 16th December, 1946
  • It’s a rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other national parks
  • It’s home to more than 400 bird species and 100 mammals

Climate Conditions

  • It’s mostly hot and dry between January and March
  • It’s mostly hot and wet between April and June
  • It’s mostly warm and wet between July and October

NB: You can visit Nairobi National Park any time of the year.

What Items To Take With You

Some of the items to take with you include;

  • Drinking water
  • Picnic items
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Guidebook

Park Activities

Park activities include camping, game viewing, picnic and corporate and special events. You can get to Nairobi National Park by road, most preferably using a tour van with an open roof.

Major Attractions

The park, nicknamed ‘Kifaru Ark’ due to its success as a rhino sanctuary, is home to world’s densest black rhino concentration. Apart from rhinos, the park is home to three other ‘big five’ game animals – Lions, Leopards and Buffalos.

You will also be able to spot other wild animals such as cheetahs, hyenas, ostriches, gazelles, zebras, elands, wildebeest and warthogs. The park is also a home to more than 400 bird species, 20 of which are seasonal European migrants.

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In general, the park is home to more than 100 mammal species, has an ivory burning site monument, has spacious accommodating picnic sites as well as walking trails at hippo pools.

Park Entry Fees

The Nairobi National Park Entry Fees are as follows;

  • For citizens an adult will pay Ksh 430 and a child Ksh 215
  • For residents an adult will pay Ksh 1,030 and a child Ksh 515
  • For non-resident an adult will pay US $43 and a child US $22

Contacts

Important Things to Know

  • The park accepts different payment options including M-PESA, VISA Card and Direct Deposits to KWS Bank Accounts at any gate
  • The best time to spot most wildlife is the morning hours when they are still active. We would advise you go there during the morning and mid-morning hours to stand a good chance of seeing more wild animals.

5 Mistakes to Avoid at Nairobi National Park

Most rookie travelers/tourists often make some silly mistakes when visiting national parks, mistakes that can endanger their lives and those travelling with them. Below are some silly mistakes that you should avoid when visiting Nairobi Natioal Park.

1. Choosing the ‘Wrong’ Vehicle

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The type of vehicle you choose has the potential to define your National Park experience. If you choose a good with limitation in height and roof, then you won’t be able to see the shorter animals like lions, leopards, gazelles, hyenas, warthogs, etc. Probably you will enjoy seeing the likes of Giraffes – nothing else will be assured.

Therefore, hire a tour van with open roof that will allow you to stand and catch sight of all the animals. A van with an open roof will also give you perfect photo-shooting experience.

2. Going Alone

How will you experience the full thrill of watching four of the big five game animals plus other amazing wild animals if you’re all alone? Going with a group will not only make the experience amazing, but also less costly and less lonely.

3. Getting Out of the Van

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Never, ever try to do this, even when you want to have a perfect shot for your pictures. This not only endangers your life but also those travelling with you. Plus, if a wild animal attacks you there is no guarantee anyone will be able to save you no matter how large your travel group is.

4. Not Hiring a Tour Guide

Although it’s quite easy to drive around Nairobi National Park due to several signs put at various routes to help tourists get around, you’re more likely to get lost if you aren’t well-acquainted with the park.

Having a tour guide comes with several benefits. First, you won’t get lost because they know the park like the back of their hands. Secondly, a tour guide knows the most likely place to spot specific game animals, including the leopards, lions, rhinos and buffalos.

Therefore, instead of trying to guess where you are likely to spot these animals, why not hire a tour guide to make your park experience great and fruitful?

5. Dressing Inappropriately

Considering the fact that there are times when you will get out of the van and move around the park or even spend some good time at the picnic and camping sites, putting on the wrong clothes and shores can create limitations hence inhibiting your chance to enjoy yourself. It’s advisable to put on trousers and fitting shoes, such as converse. Also ensure to carry drinks and snacks to eat at the picnic area.

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