The Nairobi National Park
Nairobi national park is not only the Kenya’s oldest national park but also happens to be the only national park within a capital city in the world making it a very unique offering. Only 10 kilometers from the city centre, with long, sloping plains of black cotton soil scoured by deep river valleys and gorges, this park is full of unexpected beauty and diverse habitats which include rolling grassy plains, riverine wood land, dense thickets rocky gorges dry upland forest, man made dams and pools cocktailed with teeming wildlife and over 400 species of birds. This versatile park also hosts its own wildebeest migration and is the only place on earth where you can find the black and white rhinos grazing against the silhouettes of skyscrapers.
The park is an ideal day trip destination or a green escape from the city offering a selection of picnic and bush event sites which include:
Impala observation point;-high on a hill just minutes from the main gate, this site offers a stone built rondavel with panoramic views a picnic area and has latrines
The ivory burning site;- famous as the place where 12 tones of ivory were burnt by the second president of Kenya in 1989 to show Kenya’s commitment to conservation and emphasis on zero trade in ivory. The site offers spacious and convenient venue for picnics and bush functions.
Kingfisher picnic site; a green shaded area with picnic table’s ideal for early morning bush breakfast.
Mokoyiet picnic site;- an open cliff top site with shaded tables, latrines and extensive parking .close by leopard cliff observation point looking down into the Mbagathi river below
The clubhouse restaurant is located only 1km from the main park entrance, the facility offers a serene and quite environment to unwind after a game drive with meals and drinks at reasonable prices. The grounds can also be hired for cooperate and social functions with a capacity of 350 persons.
A camper will find a serene environment with modern facilities including hot water showers and electricity. One can hire the tents from the gate and an open kitchen area is also available.
You don’t have to own a vehicle to visit the park there is a bus shuttle available every weekend and public holidays from 10am to 12 noon at the town centre next to Nakumatt Moi Avenue, you can also catch this bus at the Nairobi park main gate from 1pm for an afternoon game drive at the Nairobi national park. There is also a six seater land cruiser tour van available everyday at the Nairobi park main gate that one can hire to do a game drive at their own convenient time and it comes with a driver and a guide!