- Nairobi National Game Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. As expected, the park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi.
- The park also serves many residents and citizens living in the city The park 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.
- In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Man-made dams have also added a further habitat, favorable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biota (life forms). The dams also attract water dependent herbivores during the dry season.
- The park has a rich/ diverse bird life 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 the few 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.
Highlights of Nairobi National Game Park
* Black rhinoceros
* Diverse bird life
* Walking trails at hippo pools
* Ivory Burning Site Monument
* Spacious accommodating picnic sites
* Nairobi Safari Walk & the Orphanage
* Large predators - lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.
* Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest
Nairobi National Game Park Facts
Climate: Dry and wet during the rainy season
Location : The outskirts of the city towards the South
Animals : Flamingoes, pelicans, hippo, rhino, reedbuck, giraffe
Attractions: The over 400 bird species to be found, game walk
Birds : Helmeted Guinea, ostriches& over 450 other bird species
Area: 117 square kilometers Altitude: 1533 to 1760 meters [5025 - 5770 feet]
Access within Nairobi : Road : 15 minute drive from the city centre and airport
Vegetation : Open savannah and plains with areas of highland forest, acacia and riverine environments
Facilities : Nairobi Tented Camp & Emakoko Boutique Lodge are within the the park, no camping faciities, but has six picnic sites
Animals & Birds of Nairobi National Game Park
- More recently Nairobi National Park has been designated as a rhino sanctuary and more than 50 rhinos had been moved into the park from remote parts of the country where poaching was rife. So Nairobi National Park is really the most favored place in the country to see rhino.
- Along the south-western boundary of the park, the scenery is magnificent; this is an area of steep valleys created by streams joining the Athi River. Hyraxes are plentiful on the rocks alongside the road and the sure-sighted may spot klipspringer or mountain reedbuck, generally unobserved by the thousands of visitors who search the park annually.
- Later, on the boundary road there are splendid views over the Kitengela plains, the dispersal area for the park's ungulates. The park side of the river is an area favored by zebra.
- Within the Nairobi National Park's 117 square kilometers, there are over 80 species of mammals and more bird species than can be found in the whole of the British Isles.
- During the rains, both the long and the short, wild flowers are in profusion and there are places where the plains are an unending wave of yellow daisies (Bidens Palustris), which seems not to be liked, as food, by any wildlife.