Nairobi National Park covers more than 45 square miles of grassland, forests, rocky valleys and wetlands. So far, so similar to many other safari parks, you might say. But what makes this park so different is that it’s one of the only national parks on earth which is situated right amidst a capital city.
Even with the closeness to city life and the high rise buildings of Nairobi as a backdrop, the animals that roam around here seem utterly untroubled and perfectly at home in their natural habitat. There are more than 100 species of mammals and over 500 types of avifauna found here: Buffalo, Giraffe, Lions, Leopards, Baboon, Zebra, Wildebeests, Cheetahs and one of the world’s densest concentrations of black rhinos.
As well as wildlife spotting – on a game drive here you can see four of the Big Five – there are lots of other activities to keep you busy. Why not have a picnic in one of the dedicated sites of Mokoiyet, Impala, Kingfisher and Ivory. Or put on your walking boots and set out to explore the park on one of the walking trails. You will travel through the riverine forest that is filled with monkeys and birds, and you might also spot hippos and crocodiles in the surrounding river pools. If you’re planning your big day, you can even have a wedding here!
One of the best things about a trip to Nairobi National Park is its proximity to all the accommodation options of the city itself. There are a range of hotels within very easy reach of the park to suit all price ranges, but for those who are looking for an authentic safari experience then why not try the Nairobi Tented Camp. This spot gives you breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and forests and provides you with a range of natural and bespoke amenities such as outside bucket showers, gas and kerosene lanterns as well as en-suites in your tents and your own private veranda. Through the option of camping, you spend your days like those who live in the remote wilderness, with the sunrise gently waking you up to the sounds of the surrounding wildlife – which may even come close enough for you to see from your bed.
The best time to visit Nairobi National Park depends on what you are looking for: the warmest months are January and February, whilst the dry season is from July to October. Throughout the rainy season, the wildlife is dispersed, making it harder to track game animals – although this brings out a range of wildlife which prefers this cooler weather. The best way to travel around is in one of the custom-built safari vehicles which allow you to have a panoramic outlook on the landscape and unobstructed views of the wild animals surrounding you.