NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK IN KENYA

Overview

Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s most accessible yet bizarre safari experience. Nairobi National Park is one of Africa`s smallest National parks yet with abundant wildlife that can in most city places be viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and planes coming to land. Nairobi National Park is the one and ever National Park on earth bordering a capital city.

Nairobi National Park was Kenya`s first National Park established on December/16/1946. The Park is set approximately 7 Kilometers (4 mi) at 117 km2 on the southern outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya`s capital city, with an electric fence separating the park`s wildlife from the city.

Nick named as ‘Kifaru Ark’, a statement of the park`s success as a rhinoceros sanctuary (Kifaru in Swahili) Nairobi National Park in Kenya is home to the world`s densest concentration of black rhinos (more than 50 rhinos). Nairobi National park also boasts a large and varied wildlife population in Kenya. Migrating herbivores gather in the park during the dry season including warthogs, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and buffaloes. Lions and hyenas are also commonly sighted within the park. The park’s wetland areas sustain approximately 400 bird species, which is more than in the whole of the UK.

By Road;

Apart from the main entrance, which lies 7km from Nairobi city center, there are other gates on Magadi Rd and the Athi River gate; the latter is handy if you’re continuing on to Mombasa, Amboseli or the Tanzanian border. The roads in the park are passable with 2WDs, but travelling in a 4WD is never a bad idea, especially if the rains have been heavy. There are Matatus that pass by the main park entrance 30 to 45 minutes from the train station. You can also go by private vehicle; Prime safaris is at your service for this trip!!

 By Air

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airports are not far from the Park, from there you can take a drive to Nairobi National Park. Just about 8kms

Ivory Burning Site Monument in Nairobi National Park-Kenya;

This is one of the most important landmarks in the archives of conservation, this is where Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi made a dramatic statement to poachers by setting ablaze to 12 tons of seized ivory in 1989. The event improved Kenya’s conservation image at a time when East African wildlife was being decimated by relentless poaching, and it’s widely credited as playing a role in turning the tide against poaching in Kenya. The site is just inside Nairobi National Park’s main Langata Rd gate.

The Animal Orphanage in Nairobi national Park-Kenya;

The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is just inside the Nairobi National Park in Kenya. The orphanage is a treatments and rehabilitation center for wild animals. The Orphanage is a hospital to lions, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, serval cats, rare Sokoke cats, warthogs, leopards, various monkeys, baboons and buffalo. Various birds can also be viewed including parrots, guinea fowls, crowned cranes and ostriches.

Spacious accommodating;

Picnic sites like Mokoyiet, King Fisher, historic ivory burning site and Impala; For corporate events, bush dinners, weddings, picnics, team building sessions, video and film production

Large predators- lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest

Accommodation in Nairobi National Park-Kenya.

There’s plenty of accommodation to chose from in the city of Nairobi-Kenya.

History of Nairobi National Park in Kenya

During 19th century British colonial times in Kenya, the Athi plains east and south of what is today Nairobi had plentiful wildlife. The Nomadic Maasai people lived and herded their cattle among the wildlife while the Kikuyu people farmed the forested highlands above Nairobi. As human population grew in Nairobi, human wildlife conflicts increased in the area. Residents of the city would carry guns to protect against wild animals especially lions while other farmers complained about herbivores which would ruin their gardens. The colonial government decided to set aside the west and southern plains of Nairobi as a game reserve to confine the wildlife.

Mervyn Cowie a British conservationist born in Nairobi returned to Kenya after a nine-year absence in 1932, following an alarm that wild animal population on the Athi plains was declining. Expanding farms and livestock had taken the place of the game. However, hunting was not acceptable in the reserve, but almost all other unfriendly wildlife actions, including cattle grazing, dumping, and even bombing by the Royal Air Force was allowed. Cowie embarked on campaigning for the establishment of a national park system in Kenya and influenced the colonial government to form a committee to examine the matter.

Nairobi National Park was officially opened in 1946 as the first national park established in Kenya. In 1989, Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi burned twelve tons of ivory on a site within the park. This event improved Kenya’s conservation and wildlife protection image.