The Nairobi National Park, harboring more than 100 species of mammals, is the only natural game protected area in the world, which neighbors an ever growing major city!
The park borders the traditional South Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration Corridor and attracts a range of exciting game.
It is a seasonal park but most of the game, like the indigenous Black Rhino, lives in the park all year round. Herds of plains zebra, wildebeest and eland enter the park during the great migration in July and August to enjoy the rich grazing until the next rains come.
In recent years a unique trend has been recorded with increasing frequency. A cheetah has successfully raised seven cubs in the park to the delight of local and international visitors.
The park is an ideal starting point for ornithological safaris, with more than 400 species of birds.
It was/is Kenya's first ever national park. Its golden anniversary occurs in 1997.
It is here that Kenya's President Daniel Arap Moi torched ivory worth Kshs. 60 million, in a dramatic display of Kenya's commitment to curbing the slaughter of Africa's elephants for their tusks.
The site is near the main gate of the park and bears a commemorative plaque with the striking words "Great objectives often require great sacrifices". Since then, the great bonfire has been lit twice to banish confiscated stocks of poached rhino horn and ivory.
There has been a lot of controversy and discussions about the future of the park, it's uses and benefits. The biggest push being to build a new railroad through the park, which sparked strong reactions from all side. Time will tell what human kind decides to do with this precious gift of nature that was given to us....
Nairobi National Park Facts
- Altitude 5,000ft.
- Area 117sq. kms
- Distance from Nairobi 7 kms
- Opened December 1946
- Day outing from Nairobi
- Leading rhino, buffalo, lion leopard, crocodile, hippo
- Cheetah raised 7 cubs in 1977, 1992, 1994, 1995
- All weather roads good for saloon & 4 WD. vehicles
- Nature trail & education center at main gate
- Historic ivory burning site
- 6 picnic sites
- Hippo pool nature trail