Nairobi National Park

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Are you aware that Nairobi national park is the world's only wildlife Park in the city? Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city.

The park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi. The park also serves many residents and citizens living in the city.

It has a diversity of environments with characteristic fauna and flora. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant.

The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest in the south.

a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city.a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city.

In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Man-made dams also attract water dependent herbivores during the dry season.

The park has a rich/diverse birdlife with 400 species recorded. However all species are not always present and some are seasonal.

Northern migrants pass through the park primarily during late March through April. Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful of Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries that is already generating a stock for reintroduction in the species former range and other upcoming sanctuaries.

Due to this success, it is one of thefew parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat.

To the south of the park is the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration and dispersal area. These are vital areas for herbivores dispersal during the rains and concentrate in the park in the dry season.

The She Lion of Nairobi National ParkThe She Lion of Nairobi National Park

Contact details

PO Box 42076 Tel: +254 (0)20 602121, 603769 Fax: +254 (0)20 600324 Email:

Contact person

Senior Warden


Nairobi Province

Distance from Nairobi

7 km


117 square km

Park fees

Go to or contacttour operator.

The Rhinos of the Major AttractionThe Rhinos of the Major Attraction

Climatic conditions

January-March is hot and dry, April-June is hot and wet; July-October is very warm and wet.

Major Attraction

Black rhinoceros; diverse birdlife; large predators – lion,leopard, hyena and cheetah; aggregations of large herbivores– eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest; Ivory Burning Site Monument; walking trails at hippo pools; Nairobi SafariWalk and the Orphanage; spacious picnic sites


Over 80 recorded species to include rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile and hippo (no elephants) Birds: more than 400 species

Wildlife in Nairobi National ParkWildlife in Nairobi National Park


Roads: Located only about 7 km from the city centre, the Park is easily accessible on tarmac roads, mainly through Lang’ata Road.


There is currently no accommodation in the reserve. Visitorscan stay in Nairobi city which offers various accommodation options.

Best time to visit

All year round


Wildlife viewing, picnic activities. 

Wildlife viewingWildlife viewing

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