Nairobi National Park is the oldest animal park in Kenya. Nairobi Kenya’s National Park is set at an altitude of 5,000ft and covers an area of 117sq.km. It is only a mere 7 km from the Nairobi Kenya’s central business district. The Nairobi Park opened its doors in 1946 and provides a perfect day outing from the Nairobi Kenya vacation city.
It is a fantastic spread of savannah spiraling from a background of the Kenya capital city of Nairobi.
Animals in Kenya Nairobi Vacation
Nairobi Kenya national park has the largest population of black rhino in the country. Nairobi Park is buffalo lions, leopard, crocodile hippo and a very successful breeding cheetah population. The Nairobi national park has an annual migration of wildebeest between July and august.
Your Facilities at the Nairobi Kenya National Park
Nairobi National park has good well graded roads that are accessible by both 4 x 4 and saloon cars. The Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters are located at the Nairobi National Park gates including a nature trail, education centre and animal orphanage. It is the site of the historic ivory burning site. The Nairobi national park has 6 picnic sites. The Park has an exciting hippo pool and nature trails.
Unique Nairobi National park Location
The Nairobi national park is the only park in the world within the confines of a capital city. Kenya’s Nairobi city is on the other hand the only city that has a natural wildlife protection area that is home to over 100 species of mammals.
Kenya migration Nairobi National park
Nairobi National park is bordered by the Kapiti Masai plains and the Kitengela migration corridor which attracts an exciting array of wildlife. Though Nairobi National Park is a seasonal sanctuary, most of the game like the indigenous rhino population is resident in the park through out the year. Large herds of eland, zebra and wildebeest enter the Nairobi park in the migration periods of July and august for the rich, supple and fresh grass brought by the rainfall cycles.
Of birds and cheetahs in Nairobi National Park
A resident cheetah has over the past years successfully raised seven cubs in Nairobi Park. This has been to the excitement of the local and international tourists. An ideal starting point for ornithological safaris, Nairobi national park has more than 400 species of birds.
Burning of ivory in Nairobi National park
The Nairobi National park was the pioneer Kenyan national Park. It is in this Kenyan animal park that the former president Moi and the then Kenya Wildlife Service director-Dr. Richard E. Leakey torched ivory worth Kshs 60Million to demonstrate to the world how serious Kenya was in curbing the slaughter of elephants for their tusks. A plaque at the site of the bonfire reads ”Great objectives require great sacrifices” The ivory bonfire has since been lit twice to eradicate stocks confiscated from poachers.
Other attractions in a Nairobi Kenya vacation
The Nairobi National park has no accommodation but Nairobi city of Kenya offers high quality and standard vacation hotels. The range of Nairobi Kenya vacation hotels is such that visitors can choose according to their budgets.
Many other visitor attractions are located near the park like the giraffe centre, Bomas of Kenya, the giraffe manor, Karen Blixen museum and the National Museum of Kenya. This makes Nairobi National park an ideal Nairobi Kenya vacation destination for one day tours and for transit tourists in need of occupying their day.