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Location: Nairobi in Kenya
Time to Visit: March to July
Admission Fee: $20
How to Reach: By roadways, you can easily reach the national park via the Langata Road.
Nearest Railway Station: Nairobi Rail Station
Nearest International Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Time required for sightseeing: 5-6 hours or full day

You are standing in front of frolicking giraffes in the backdrop of a wild African savannah, turn your head and you see the transmission towers surmounting multi-story buildings in a modern cityscape. It is this strange proximity of the wild and the urban that makes Nairobi National Park stand out from all other national parks in the world. It is a wilderness inside the premises of a National Capital! Located at a mere distance of seven kilometers from the city center of Nairobi, the Nairobi National Park, Kenya is a beautiful place where you can breeze through and spend time amidst the natural surroundings, without leaving the hustles and bustles of the city life miles behind you.

The Nairobi National Park, the first national park in Kenya, was founded in the year 1946. It is around 7 kms from the southern part of Nairobi. The unique thing about the park is that it is divided from the city by only a fence and one can see the skyscrapers of the city from the park. The park is spread over an area of around 117 sq kms and stretches up to the surrounding Athi Plains.

It was due to the efforts of conservationist Mervyn Cowie that the Nairobi National Park in Kenya was established. He was alarmed to see the number of wild animals in area and how they were being hunted. It was Cowie who started campaigning for the conservation of the park and his efforts bore fruit when the government decided to form a committee to look into the matter. The national park was established in the year 1946 and Cowie was made the director of the park. He remained in the post till 1966. Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, in the year 1989, burned 12 tons of ivory onsite to mark the wildlife conservation initiative of the country.

The Nairobi National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Africa. It is located between the altitudes of 1,533 meters and 1,760 meters. The weather of the region is mostly dry and this has led to the growth of semi tropical and grassland vegetation. The national park is the sole protected part of the Athi-Kapiti ecosystem and only makes up 10 % of the total region. The Mbagathi River flows through the southern part of the national park. Man-made dams have also been erected to add an additional habitat to various species of birds and aquatic animals.

The vegetation in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya mostly consists of open grass plain and scattered Acacia bushes. Dry forests consisting of Olea africana, Croton dichogamus and Calodendrum are located in the western uplands. The regions in the lower altitudes have a vegetation of thick grasslands. The forests across the river in the southern part consist of some species of mangroves and semi tropical trees. The area is dominated by deep rocky valleys and gorges and broken bushes. Several rare species of flora like Euphorbia brevitorta, Drimia calcarata, and Murdannia clarkeana are also found in the rocky hill sides.

By coming to the Nairobi National Park you can see a large number of wildlife. The national park is home around 80 species of mammals. The grasslands provide a suitable habitat for various species like African buffalo, baboon, zebra, cheetah, Coke's hartebeest, Grant's gazelle, hippopotamus, leopard, lion, Masai giraffe, Thomson's gazelle and so on. Herbivores like zebras, wildebeests, giraffes and other species migrate to the southern corridor and the Kitengela conservation area in the wet season and again come back when the season becomes dry.

The Nairobi National Park in Kenya is one of the most successful rhino sanctuaries in Africa. More than 50 rhinos have been moved to the park from other parts of the country where there is risk of poaching. The government has taken active conservation efforts to conserve rhinos and prevent poaching. While touring the national park, you can easily sight the famous black rhino.

If you wish to enjoy a wonderful bird watching trip, the Nairobi National Park, Kenya is the right choice for you. The national park supports more than 500 species of bird species. A number of species like ostrich vulture, waterbuck and so on are found here. Plenty of migratory birds flock in the forest during the period between late March and April.

In addition to witness the vast and beautiful wildlife, there are also other popular sites that you can visit during your trip to the Nairobi National Park. Some of the popular sites are Impala Observation Tower, Ivory Burning Site, King Fisher Gorge, Leopard Cliffs, Mokoiyet and Hippo Pool.

There are plenty of lodging facilities in and around the Nairobi National Park. The hotels offer pleasant facilities and services. The ideal time for coming to the national park is between the months of March and July.

You can easily reach the Nairobi National Park in Kenya by a number of routes. Its closeness to Nairobi makes it very easily accessible. The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is around 20 kms away. By roadways, you can easily reach the national park via the Langata Road.



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