Nairobi National Park – The World’s only Wildlife Capital

A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district is the Nairobi National Park. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play 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. Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites and the walking trails for hikers.


Park size

The park is only about 30,000 acres or 117 sq. km (45 sq. miles), one of the smallest of Africa’s parks. But the great amount of wildlife here is surprising considering its proximity to a major city.


Just 7 km south of Nairobi, it’s a quick getaway from the capital city.

The best wildlife viewing is during the dry season (July – March). The rainy season (April – June) presents some difficulties on the wet roads. The park is open year-round and always accessible. Visitors must enter the park in a vehicle

The park is generally dry except during the rainy season. Average day time temperature is 22oC/72oF.


Getting there

By road – from Nairobi’s center travel via Langata Road. You can book a full day or half day excursion with Jadestone Africa Travels.

  1. The only Wildlife park in the world that is so close to the city
  2. Black rhinoceros which is an endangered species
  3. The first park to be gazetted in Kenya on December 16, 1946
  4. Major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks
  5. Diverse birdlife. Has over 400 bird species. At least 20 of which are seasonal European migrants.
  6. Home to over 100 mammal species, four of the Big Five (lion, Buffalo, leopard and  rhino)
  7. Has a spectacular wildebeest and zebra migration
  8. Large predators – lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.
  9. Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest
  10. Ivory Burning Site Monument
  11. Walking trails at hippo pools
  12. Nairobi Safari Walk & the Orphanage.
  13. Spacious accommodating picnic sites