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Nairobi National Park

Established in 1946, it was a project of Mervyn Cowie, a conservationist who pioneered the national park system in Kenya. Accordingly, it was the first park to be gazetted not only in Kenya but also in east Africa. Consequently, it is the only metropolitan national park in the world. 

In fact, most Kenyan parks are located away from major cities. However, Nairobi National Park, located in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is an exception to this rule. Subsequently, this makes it easily accessible despite the fact that it is not the most popular park in the country. In fact, most tourists prefer destinations far away from the busy cities, making these parks ideal choices. 

This park only measures 114 km2. However, that does not mean that it has anything to do with a zoo because it’s ecosystem is quite varied. Indeed, despite its small size, the park also has patches of savannahs, forests and wetlands, as such, the park offers an authentic view of what lays in other bigger parks in Kenya. Moreover, the Nairobi national Park is a sanctuary of Rhinoceros since it supplies other parks and reserves from Kenya with its Rhinos. However, do note that while most big 5 animals are present in the Nairobi National Park, you won’t find the elephant.


  • Animals include buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, baboon, zebra, wildebeest and cheetah—100 mammal species.
  • The Giraffes are numerous as well hippos Zebras, Elks, Ostriches etc. Indeed, you can have a “real” safari in the park without driving hours to get to the bigger national parks. Indeed, if you get there early in the morning or late afternoon, you increase your chances of finding a black rhinoceros, a cheetah, a giraffe or a lion.
  • 400 migratory and endemic bird species.


  • Despite its proximity to civilization and its relatively small size, Nairobi National Park boasts a large and varied wildlife population
  • Black rhinoceros :which is an endangered species
  • Nairobi national park is a unique ecosystem.the savannah ecosystem comprises of different vegetation types
  • The first park to be gazetted in Kenya on December 16, 1946
  • Major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks
  • Diverse birdlife: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
  • Surprisingly, it has 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 Safari Walk & the Orphanage. In fact, the parks offers services such as family outings, conferences, university visits, safaris and team building.
  • Subsequently, it has very spacious picnic sites
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