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A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district and adjacent to Karen neighbourhood is the Nairobi National Park. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.Nairobi National Park is the oldest of all Kenya's national parks. It is known for its Black Rhino Sanctuary and, despite bordering the city, it is home to lions, leopards and hyenas as well as many other Kenyan animals. There is a highland dry forest on the western side of the park and to the south there is riverine forest and a permanent river. Its closeness to Nairobi also means it is very accessible to Kenyans and tourists alike who want to experience a safari without having to travel and stay overnight elsewhere.

Nairobi National Park

About The Park

Nairobi National Park covers just 117km² (44 square miles), and consists of typical, original Kenyan landscape such as plains, forests, steep gorges and lush vegetation along the banks of the Embakasi River. It has a high-altitude, savannah landscape with acacia trees dotting across the open plains. The park is located just outside of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, and its boundary adjoins the Karen suburb off Magadi road.There are also stretches of broken bush and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Further environments have been created by man-made dams and these have attracted certain species of birds and aquatic life. During the dry season the dams also attract water-dependent herbivores.Nairobi National Park has over 400 species of bird (some are seasonal). Northern migrants pass through the park primarily during late March through April

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Protected Area

Nairobi National Park is perhaps best known for its significant black rhino sanctuary. This is the best place to see these endangered animals in their native environment. There are no elephants in this national park, but four of the "Big Five" can be seen here (lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos). Other wildlife commonly seen in the national park include giraffes, elands, zebras and wildebeest. As well, hippos and crocodiles can often be spotted along the Embakasi River.Nairobi National Park attracts over 150,000 visitors who come to the park every year to see the native African wildlife. Carry a notebook and a spotter's guide, as well as plenty of water when you go on safari.

The best season for visitors to Nairobi park is from July through March when the climate is mainly dry and sunny. The rainy season is from April through June. During this time, transport is difficult and it is nearly impossible to view the animals on safari. There may also be some rain from October to December.

Conservation or Single Entry Fees:

The following are the conservation, single-entry fees valid for up to 24 hours of uninterrupted stay within the Nairobi National Park. Payment can be made by Mpesa or visa card at the gate of entry. To view the full fee schedule please Click Here to Download

Conservation Fees Payable at Nairobi National Park
Fee (Currency) E.A Citizens (Kes) E.A Residents (Kes) Non-Residents (US $)
Adult 430 1030 43
Children or Students 215 515 22