One of Kenya’s top national parks, the Nairobi National Park is home to a range of animals, and except for elephants, visitors can expect to spot creatures from the renowned “Big Five”, among many others. The chance to spot a rhinoceros is alone enough of a reason to justify a visit to this great Nairobi safari park. There are also hundreds of species of birds here, so bring your binoculars! No trip to Nairobi would seem complete without a visit to the Nairobi National Park, and it’s certainly an ideal compliment to other Kenya wildlife destinations.
The park features a large range of natural and artificial environments. It consists mainly of savannah and grass plains (Athi/Kapiti plains) soaked by permanent rivers. Dams have been set up on secondary rivers to disperse over the plains permanent water plans and wetlands. The western side is highlands covered by dry forests and dense riverine vegetation.
The park is a seasonal park and is dependent to the annual migrations. Although the western and northern sides of the park are fenced, the southern part is completely open allowing animals to migrate. They usually leave the park through the Kitengela corridor/Athi plains late March, come back late July, then they leave the park in November to finally come back in January. Lastly, the number of wildlife has declined due to the urbanization of Kitengela.
There is quite a lot of diversity when it comes the almost 30,000 acres that make up Nairobi National Park. There are grassy plains, gorges, and forests here, and the manmade dams help to attract the variety of animal species found roaming about. In the distance, the skyscrapers of Nairobi can be seen, which reminds you of just how close you are to the city. There is an electrical fence on designated boundaries of the park, which helps to keep lions and things the like off of Nairobi’s downtown streets. That’s not to say that locals and animals don’t sometimes come into conflict, which is rare, but inevitable.
Lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas are some of the large predators that are found in the Nairobi safari park, and should you get a chance to witness the annual zebra and wildebeest migration here, you will be in for a most coveted experience. Occurring in July/August, this migration is of epic proportions, and it promises to impress.