Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is situated in south of central Kenya right next to and within the Nairobi city region.  It’s close to Nairobi Airport so, travelers landing can literally see the park and potential wildlife as the flyover and land at the airport.

Nairobi sits on 45.26 square miles (117.2 sq km) and the oldest National Park to be established in Kenya during the 1964.  It’s a smaller park than other African National Parks however, it’s quite diverse in habitats.  The majority of the habitats are dominated by open plains, grasslands and scattered acacia trees.  Other parts of the park include a highland forest, rocky gorges, broken bush company, and riverine forest.  The varied habitats bring a variety of mammals and bird species.

Nairobi National Park does not disappoint with predators including lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena.  Other large mammal species include buffalo, black rhino, baboon, eland, gazelle, hartebeest, hippopotamus, impala, giraffe, wildebeest, and waterbuck.  One of the missing species that most people hope to see is elephant.

Other popular animals found in Nairobi National Park include Impala, wildebeest, Hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s Gazelle, and Eland.

A variety of birds include the vulture and ostrich being two of the larger or more intriguing species. The ostrich is commonly seen along the plains.  Other large species include Crowned Crane, Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbill, Egyptian Goose, and the Black-necked Heron.  There are several song-birds which serve as a complementary experience for the birdwatchers.