Nairobi National Park Overview

Located closest to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, Nairobi National Park is the first national park of Kenya.

Highlights And Main Attractions Of Nairobi National Park

With an elevated position of 1800 metres above the sea level, Nairobi National Park is a place of skyscrapers and hustle and bustle. Nairobi including the park region is part of the central highlands which has rapidly evolved from.... an undiscovered and unpopulated swampland, and resulted into a sprawling metropolis.

Nairobi name comes from Ewaso Nai’beri or ‘place of cold water’, often called by Masai locals, which is one of the interesting Kenya Safari Facts.

With cool air, Nairobi is a great place to acclimatise to Africa either before or after a Kenya Safari Tours.

Nairobi National Park Quick Facts

  • Located just 7km away from Nairobi; Nairobi National Park is the closest area of protected land to a city in the world.

  • Known as the “World’s only Wildlife Capital”

  • With an area of 117 square kilometres, Nairobi National Park is one of the Kenya Safari Destinations in Africa.

  • This park is Kenya's most successful black rhino Sanctuary and great for spotting black rhino.

  • More than 400 migratory and endemic species of bird can be found in this park.

Nairobi National Park And Surrounds

During Kenya Safari Tours Walking around Nairobi at night might not be safe whereas, the daytime is not so restrictive . The daytime is not so restrictive because of security patrols which makes it easily to explore, sight see and shop in the city.

Being more upmarket and safe , the area of Karen is full of larger houses and tree-lined, wide streets with country house hotels. The Karen Blixen Museum contains artefacts such as original gramophone Blixen used to play Mozart and the estate grounds.

Nairobi National Park includes Cape buffalo, black rhino, baboon, gazelle, Grant’s zebra, cheetah, hyena, Coke’s hartebeest, hippopotamus, leopard, lion, eland, impala, giraffe, ostrich, waterbuck, and vulture with diverse birdlife of 400 species.

The endangered wildlife's Giraffe centre was established to protect the Rothschild's giraffes and to make people aware about the conservation of these popular animals. In addition we have David Sheldrick Wildlife trust for orphaned baby elephants and rhinos for the same purpose. This is some of the interesting Kenya Safari Facts.

Nairobi National Park Accommodation Options.

Nairobi National Park has accommodations like Giraffe manor, Hemingway's Nairobi, house of waine, Ngong house, One forty eight giraffe sanctuary Nairobi, Tamarind Tree hotel, Ole sereni etc


  • Good wildlife viewing with most safari animals present

  • Can be well planned for day or half-day trip from Nairobi

  • This park offers interesting photography opportunities with animals against city backdrop

  • Offers Safari boardwalk with unusual animals, including bongo antelope

  • Famous for animal orphanage

  • Has highest density of black rhino among all Kenya Safari Destinations.


  • The proximity to the city results into lack of wilderness

  • There are no elephants

  • Only one lodge- Tented camp is available inside the park

Want to Visit Lake Nairobi NP?

Nairobi National Park can be reached through public transport or private taxis from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

This park can be visited any month except April, May and November. Things To Do In Kenya Safari in this park include camping, game viewing, birding and picnic.

You can visit our Kenya Travel Guide to visit this park. We hope this information will help you to gather an idea to visit this park.

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