A park in the city

Nairobi National Park is the only natural wildlife park in the world within a capital city and where you may spot the big four on wildlife drives.

A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district into Karen 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.


The park is the firs park to be gazetted in Kenya (December 16, 1946). The main attractions of the park include:

  • Black rhinoceros (which is an endangered species)
  • Major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks
  • Diverse birdlife The park has over 400 bird species, at least 20 of which are seasonal European migrants.
  • Home to over 100 mammal species, four of the Big Five (lion, Buffalo, Leopard and  Rhino)
  • Has a spectacular wildebeest and zebra migration
  • Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest
  • Ivory Burning Site Monument
  • Walking trails at hippo pools
  • Nairobi Safari Walk & the Orphanage.

The park’s situation in the city makes it accessible to all manner of tourists; from international tourists to local tourists who want to experience a safari without traveling far.


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