Nairobi National Park : Nairobi National Park sits in the outskirts of the Kenyan city, easy to access both on foot or by car. However, the park is one of the smallest game parks in Kenya but that doesn’t mean there’s no enough tourist attractions to be seen by the tourists. Note, the park is home to all the big fives and offers wild range of wildlife species that can even be observed at the backdrop of the city skyscrapers and planes landing into the country.
Nairobi National Park is one of few national parks in the world that borders the capital city and along your visit to Kenya ‘’the heart of Africa’’ never leave Kenya without visit this park. The fact, it can easily be accessed, from Nairobi City to park you can walk there or use your own car or a safari vehicle.
Below is the list of top tourists’ attractions to see and do while on safari in Nairobi National Park;
Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Nairobi Orphanage is one of the tourist attractions to see on visit in the Nairobi city. From the city to the orphanage, it takes 20 minutes drives only. This orphanage is best for walking safari travelers, since it is a rehabilitation center for wild animals found in Nairobi National Park. It is more attractive to wildlife lovers.
Primarily, it also serves school children who may not make a visit to Kenya parks and Reserve.
More so, Nairobi Animals Orphanage was established in 1968 September for some reason; The reason was to offer care and temporary sanctuary to young wild animals whose mothers were killed and are brought to the orphanage of its kind in Kenya.
The orphanage is home to variety of animal species such as lions, buffaloes, leopards, Sokoke cats, baboons, monkeys, cheetah, hyena, warthogs, Ostriches among others. It is also birders hoven site and birds to see includes Crowned cranes, Guinea fowl, Ostriches, Parrot among others.
Nairobi National Park is truly a birders site with over 500 bird species in the park. The bird species in park are colorful ranging from endemic, resident and the migratory species. They can be spotted all year round and the best time to migratory bird species from Europe and North Africa, present in the Africa from the month of November to April.
List of birds to see in the park includes; Black-headed heron, Blacksmith lapwing, Long -tailed fiscal, Common moorhen, Restricted range Jackson’s widowbirds, Secretary birds, Bustards, Lappet-faced vulture, Masai Ostrich, Abyssinian thrush, Fischer’s love bird, Gabar goshawk, Augur buzzard, Bateleur, Lesser Kestrel, Martial eagle, Sooty falcon, White-bellied bustard, African Darter, African fin foot few mentioned.
Nairobi National Park is home to variety of wildlife species with more than 80 mammal species ,39 lions and 90 rhinos ,40 different amphibians and reptiles as well as over 500 tree species. More so ,the park boosts with all the Big5 including buffalos ,leopards ,lion and rhinos.
Other animal species to see includes; giraffes, blue wildebeest, spotted hyenas, plain zebras, cheetah, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, Olive baboon, Common warthogs, Black-backed jackal among other species.
Nairobi National Park has got rhino species from the ‘Rhinoceros Sanctuary’ one of the Kenya’s most successful Rhinoceros Sanctuaries and one of the few parks where tourists can observe the black rhinoceros in their natural habitat. Today, the park has become an important rhino sanctuary thus forming it a nucleus for feeding the other populations.
Ivory Burning Monument
This is an historical site where the 12 tons of ivory were burnt by the former Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi in 1989. However, number of them were intercepted before entering the market. Storing them burnt to prove Kenya’s commitment to the conservation of elephants and zero tolerance to ivory trade.
This Ivory monument is one of the key attractions in the park where you can witness the ashes that were burnt from the ivory in the Nairobi National Park making your Kenya safari perfect.
How to get there;
Nairobi National Park can easily be reached from Nairobi city to the park by either the Road or Air transport.
By Road; From Nairobi city covers 20 kilometers and takes 32-minute drive to the park.
By Air; Nairobi National Park is best by drive.
Travelers can choose to combine Kenya Wildlife Safari with Uganda primates- through combining it with Gorilla trekking or Golden monkey tracking or Chimpanzee tracking; Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park a home to both golden monkeys and mountain gorillas.
Note; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half world’s remaining population of the endangered mountain gorillas. Both National Parks located in Southwestern Uganda region, estimates 8 to 9 hours drive from Kampala or Entebbe.
Visitors from Kenya wanting to visit Uganda’s primates -you can fly out from Jomo Kenyatta Airport to Uganda’s main airport -Entebbe International Airport. Upon your arrival to Entebbe, you decide to book a charter or schedule domestic flight ‘’Aero link Uganda to fly you to Kihihi or Kisoro Airport.
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