Imagination meets reality when you visit the Nairobi National Park. About 7 kilometers south of Nairobi, one is welcomed by a magnificent view of nature blended with some urban touch. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers ,scattered acacia bush play a host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Tourists enjoy the park's picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.
Set on the city outskirts ,it is one of the smallest parks in Africa. It is the most accessible yet incongruous safari experience. It's one of the only national parks on earth bordering a capital city. Remarkably, the animals seem utterly unperturbed by it. The park has been ranked top ten Africa's best parks, by various wildlife organizations. The park is also known for hosting events, be it cooperate or for fun. Experience jazz music, game drives in the park during fun events which happen during the holidays(April, August, December). You might be lucky as the ministry of tourism in the country gives people a chance to visit the park without any fee, thou it is rare. All in all, fun is something which you can't miss. Its proximity to the city brings the beauty of it. The park is fenced on three sides, whereas the open southern boundary allows migrating wildlife to move between the park and the adjacent Kitengela plains. Herbivores gather in the park during the dry season.
The park boasts of the most successful rhino sanctuaries making it acquire the nickname 'Kifaru Ark' as 'kifaru' means rhino in swahili. The park is home to the world's densest concentration of black rhinos (more than 50).
The pride of the jungle can be seen, showing how the park is the pride of the country. Hyenas are commonly sighted within the park; rangers at the entrance usually have updates on their movements. You'll need a bit of patience and a lot of luck to spot the park's resident cheetahs and leopards. To your amazement there is a camp which is allowed in this unique safari destination.
Nairobi Tented Camp is unique having flushing toilets and safari showers that gives an en-suite living safari style. This is a wilderness escape where you can savor the thrill of camping in the heart of thick bush land right at the door step of the capital city.
A surprising fact is that the park's wetland areas sustain approximately 400 bird species, which is more than in the whole of the UK.
The park boasts of a diverse range of flora and fauna. There is a highland dry forest on the western side of the park and to the south there is riverine forest and a permanent river. There are also stretches of broken bush and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Further environments have been created by man-made dams and these have attracted certain species of birds and aquatic life. During the dry season the dams also attract water-dependent herbivores.
Unless you already have your own vehicle, the cheapest way to see the park is on the shuttle, a big Kenya Wildlife Service bus that leaves the main gate at 2pm on Sunday for a 2½-hour tour. You need to book in person at the main gate by 1:30pm, but do call ahead if you want to do the tour, as times can change. Mini buses pass by the main entrance from the the train station and charge for an average of USD 5. You can also go by some privately chattered safari tour vehicles by making a prior arrangement that involves booking with them. Park entry fee for non residents range from USD 30 for adults and USD 25 for children. For residents, the charges range from USD 2 to USD 3.
A tour in the park is a magical experience. It’s picturesque place because of its balancing chemistry between nature and city life. Every moment is made worth living for in the park. Its sheer beauty will take your breath away. It is a place that gives a scenery collision into a magnificent experience that will take a lifetime to forget.