Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad

Tripoto
7th Oct 2017

Zebra Crossing in a Nairobi National Park

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi
Day 1
Photo of Nairobi National Park, Nairobi, Kenya by Sumi

Nairobi National Park comes off as quite a unique national park because it is located right within a metropolis and the wildlife in the plains is visible when you are driving by the highway! It is absurd actually to see such wildlife existing right in the middle of skyscrapers and the business capital city of Kenya. This national park was the first in Kenya established in 1946 to protect its wildlife and put a ban on the hunting and pastoral activities.

Standing tall with sky scrapers in background this giraffe holds onto its elevated view!

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi

The only thing that separates the park's wildlife from the metropolis is an electric fence. To see Nairobi's skyscrapers from right inside the park while you are amongst the wildlife puts an odd visual combination... makes one think how man has forcefully colonized onto the natural habitat that belongs to these animals. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of over 400 species of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife.

The common eland also known as the southern eland or eland antelope is commonly found in East and Southern Africa.

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi

Posing at ease !! The beauty of stripes makes them most appealing scene in horse family...

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi

The common ostrich is the tallest, heaviest and flightless bird is native to Africa.

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi

African Rhino! World's most endangered animal. Size does not matter to poachers...

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi

Vulture Culture - Clean Culture. They are white backed vulture.

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi

Waterhole like such one attracts animals to quench their thirst and is also a good spot for bird watching...like the sweet friend resting on a stone on the right in black and white feathers!

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi

This type of water birds are easily sighted living in or around freshwater habitats.

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi
Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi

Warthog.... A common sight in African landscape. A mighty opponent to any hunter.

Photo of Discover the wild amidst the city at Nairobi National Park #photosabroad by Sumi

There is no accommodation or lodges in the park, but lodging is plenty in Nairobi city which is less than 10 KM away from the park. Don’t forget to carry drinking water, light snacks, binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a guidebook if you can find one.

The best season for visitors to Nairobi park is from July through March when the climate is mainly dry and sunny. The rainy season is from April through June. During this time, transport is difficult and it is nearly impossible to view the animals on safari. There may also be some rain from October to December.

How to Reach:

By road: Nairobi National Park is only 7km from Nairobi's city center via Langata Road and visitors can get there by private or public mass transport.

By Air: You arrive through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airports.

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