Attractions in Nairobi National Park; Nairobi National Park is one of the smallest game parks in Kenya but that doesn’t mean that’s enough attractions offered to the tourists who visits the park. Take note, the park is home to all big fives and offers bucket list of wildlife species that can even be viewed at the backdrop of the city skyscrapers and planes landing into country. More so, Nairobi National Park is among the few national park in the world that borders the capital city and along your visit to ‘’the heart of Africa’’ never leave the country minus visiting this park. It is easy to be accessed, from Nairobi City to park you can walk there, use your private vehicle or a safari vehicle.
Here are the top tourists’ attractions to see and do while on visit in Nairobi National Park;
Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Nairobi Orphanage is one of the most visited attractions in the Nairobi city, which is located in Nairobi National Park. It takes 20minutes from the city to the orphanage. More so, this orphanage is best for walking safari travelers, it is a rehabilitation center for wild animals based in Nairobi National Park. The orphanage is among the list of attractions to visit while on the Nairobi City Tour and can be visited by the visitors who are wildlife love.
This Orphanage primarily serves as a least cost attraction for Kenyans including school children who may not make a visit to Kenya Parks and Reserve.
Generally, Nairobi Animal Orphanage was created in 1968 September for some reason; The reason was to give care and temporary sanctuary to young wild animals whose mothers had been killed or those with them wanting to give them to the National Parks and it’s the oldest orphanage of its kind in Kenya.
There are various species pf animals in this orphanage such as lions, buffaloes, leopards, Sokoke cats, baboons, monkeys, cheetah, hyena, warthogs, Ostriches among others. Bird species can also be spotted like Crowned cranes, Guinea fowl, Ostriches, Parrot and many others, which can be rehabilitated back to health after being abandoned and injured by the rangers.
Nairobi National Park is truly a birders site with over 500 bird species in the park. The bird species in park are colorful and attractive to birders who visit the park, all year around but best time to see migrate from Europe and North Africa present in the Africa starts from November to April and this can be breeding season and food can be in plenty thus attracting various bird species in the park.
List of some notable bird species to see in the park includes; Black-headed heron, Blacksmith lapwing, Common moorhen, Long-tailed fiscal, Ostriches, Restricted -range Jackson’s widowbirds, Secretary birds, Bustards. Other bird species includes; Lesser kestrel, Martial eagle, Sooty falcon, White-bellied bustard, African Darter, African fin foot, Gabar goshawk, Augur buzzard, Bateleur, Bronze-winged courer, Masai Ostrich, Abyssinian thrush, Fischer’s lovebird, Lappet -faced vulture many more.
Nairobi National Park is home rich to wildlife species with more than 80 mammal species ,39 lions, and 90 rhinos ,40 different amphibians and reptiles and over 500 tree species. Above all, park boasts with all the big fives including buffalos, leopards, lion and rhino.
Other animals’ species to see on game drive viewing in the park includes giraffes, leopards, hippopotamus, blue wildebeest, spotted hyena, plain zebra, cheetah, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, Common eland, Impala, Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Common warthogs, Olive baboon, Black-backed jackal. Nairobi National Park offers a great opportunity to tourists who the park on wildlife safaris.
The park got rhinos from the ‘’Rhinoceros Sanctuary which is one of the Kenya’s most successful Rhinoceros Sanctuaries and one of the few parks where tourists can be able of seeing a black rhinoceros in their natural habitat. Well, Nairobi National Park become an important rhino sanctuary thus forming it a nucleus for feeding the other populations. More so, a great park where the Kenya Wildlife Service restore the population of rhinos in others area.
Ivory Burning Monument
This is a famous historic site where the 12 tons of ivory were burnt by the former Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi, in 1989. Although, most of them were intercepted before entering the market. Storing them burnt to prove Kenya’s commitment to the conservation of elephants and zero tolerance to ivory trade.
This Ivory monument is one of the biggest attractions in Nairobi National Park where you can witness the ashes that were burnt from the ivory in the Nairobi National Park thus making your Kenya Safari a great attraction site to visit while in Kenya.
Nairobi National Park can easily be accessed from Nairobi city to the park by either the Road or Air transport.
By Road; The driving distance to park from Nairobi is 15 kilometers and in hours takes 32 minutes’ drive.
By Air; Nairobi National Park is best by drive, something which takes 32 minutes’ drive only.
Travelers can decide to combine wildlife Kenya to Uganda primates – Gorilla trekking or Golden monkey tracking; Gorilla trekking can be in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park a home to both golden monkeys and Mountain gorillas. Note Bwindi is home renowned to host half the remaining world population of the endangered mountain gorilla. They both situated in southwestern Uganda region ,approximately 8 to 9hours drive from Kampala or Entebbe .
Visitors from Kenya wanting to visit or combine their Kenya Safari itinerary with Uganda’s Gorilla Trekking Safaris; You can fly out from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Uganda ‘s main landing airport – Entebbe International Airport. Then get -book a charter or schedule domestic flight ‘’Aero link Uganda to fly you to Kihihi or Kisoro Airport.
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