Nairobi: See lions and cheetahs on your way from the airport

Nairobi is one of the only cities in the world where you can see a rhino or giraffe on your way to the hotel from the airport.

This is according to The National’s Rebecca Bundhun, who said that one of the Kenyan capital’s highlights is its national park, where only a fence stands between it and the city proper.

“Lions, cheetahs and other animals roam the park against a backdrop of towers in Kenya’s capital, the largest city in the African country,” she wrote for the publication.

Located just 7km from the city centre, Nairobi National Park is one of the first things many people on Kenya holidays see. Its savannah ecosystem is home to lions, leopards, black rhinos and cheetahs, while more than 400 species of bird call it their home.

Before landing in the Kenyan capital, Ms Bundhun explained that travellers are often struck by its contrast of neat villa communities and the “patchwork quilt of corrugated iron roofs” that feature heavily in the Kibera area.

Visitors who have a day to spare in Nairobi, the journalist recommended, should visit the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage, where baby elephants are hand-reared after losing their parents.

Another option, she added, is the Karen Blixen museum, which is located in the farmhouse that belonged to the Danish author at the centre of the Out of Africa film.

The majority of visitors to east Africa are drawn to a Kenya safari, with the country home to 19 game reserves and national parks. These are managed and maintained by the Kenya Wildlife Service.