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Nairobi National Park

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Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park Tourist Guide

Amboseli National Park, one of Kenya’s premier safari destinations, offers exclusive wildlife sightings and safari experiences. Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close.

Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulfur springs, the savannah, and woodlands.  They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.

Amboseli National Park is 390.26 sq. Km in size, hosting different wildlife species and other flora and fauna. The park was established in 1974 as a national park. It has a great history as one of the oldest protected areas in Kenya which were first established as a game reserve in 1906 before it was upgraded to the status of a national park. It was later in 1991 that the park was declared a UNESCO world heritage site so as to protect, preserve and conserve the different unique species at the park. 

On the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli offers amazing safari holidays.

Location and accessibility of Nairobi National Park

How to access Nairobi National Park

Amboseli National Park is located 226 miles from Nairobi city. Its located 450 KM from Mombasa, and can be accessed through the Kimana Gate or Iremito Gate on the Emali Loitoktok road. The park is located 140km from Nairobi via Namanga, Meshenani Gate.

Amboseli National Park is located south of Nairobi and west of Mombasa, easily accessed by both road and air. It’s 30 minutes flight from Nairobi and 5 hour’s drive from Nairobi. You can have a short flight from Nairobi to Amboseli with a scenic tour of Mt. Kilimanjaro on charter flights. 

Amboseli is a premier park, and the management, Kenya Wildlife Service, ensures that the roads and facilities are well managed and maintained. The park has amazing facilities such as the KWS camp sites and Observation Hill View Point which gives you a vantage view of the entire Amboseli national park. 

 

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Wildlife to See in Nairobi National Park

Amboseli National Park is to so many wildlife species, including trees and vegetation found here. It’s home to the big tuskers such as the late Tim, Tolstoy, and current tusker Craig. It has the highest number of elephants in Kenya and is known to be the place in Africa to see large herds of elephants. 

The lesser and greater flamingos are spotted here frequently from time to time. The park also has a big number of bird species, giving birders a good time to spot and identify different bird species here. There are many other wildlife animals to spot here in Amboseli, We have listed some interesting sightings you might encounter. 

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Best Time to Visit Nairobi National Park

Jan To March

This season is dry and hot, but the best time to see Mt. Kilimanjaro, and herds of Elephants.

April to June

The reserve park receives lots of rain and becomes so beautiful and lush green. Making it easy to spot wildlife. The roads are easily passable due to regular maintenance.

July to October

The best time to visit Amboseli National Park for game drives is between July and October. Best time to spot wildlife species. 

Nairobi National Park Tours from Nairobi

Join our daily All-inclusive safari departures to Amboseli National Park, and explore the greater plains of the park with backdrops of mt. Kilimanjaro. A guaranteed memorable safari experience with us while on safari, enjoy every bit of our services.

We pride ourselves on offering the best Amboseli safaris from Nairobi. using our 4×4 land cruisers, and a professionally qualified safari guide, you won’t miss a thing at all but make your experience so seamless.

Witness the Wildebeest Migration, the big cats, and other wildlife species with our wildebeest migration safaris. Witness amazing sights, stay in luxury safari camps and lodges, and enjoy a drink watching the sunset over the Masai Mara Horizons.

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Witness the Wildebeest Migration, the big cats, and other wildlife species with our wildebeest migration safaris. Witness amazing sights, stay in luxury safari camps and lodges, and enjoy a drink watching the sunset over the Masai Mara Horizons.

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Witness the Wildebeest Migration, the big cats, and other wildlife species with our wildebeest migration safaris. Witness amazing sights, stay in luxury safari camps and lodges, and enjoy a drink watching the sunset over the Masai Mara Horizons.

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Famously known as the Kifaru Ark, the Nairobi National Park hosts 50 black rhinoceros among other wildlife.

By providing a safe haven for the black rhino, the park is revered for its anti-poaching strategies to conserve wildlife in East Africa.

If you are a Wildlife enthusiast seeking the best wildlife experience in Kenya, you must visit the Nairobi National Park.

The park is beautiful and serene. It hosts several establishments that are all geared towards wildlife and nature conservation.

Within the park, visitors are treated to an impressive tour at the Nairobi Safari Walk.

On the boardwalk, you can view different mammals, insects, reptiles, and birds.

You will also learn about the forestry, wetlands, and savanna ecosystems that thrive in the park.

We offer day trips and excursions to this amazing park and welcome you to talk to our experts and book your slot today.

Kindly read through and see what the park has in store for you…

History of the Nairobi National Park

The Nairobi National Park was gazetted in the year 1946 and was initially a section of the Southern Game Reserve.

The formalization of the park was a result of the unrelenting efforts by Mervyn Hugh Cowie, a Kenyan-born wildlife conservationist.

The local communities threatened to encroach on land where the wild animals grazed.

Additionally, poachers had marked the area as a resourceful spot for hunting down rhinos to retrieve the rhino horns.

But with the increasing human activities in the park’s area, Cowie pushed legislation to limit human activities and to protect the flora and fauna in the park.

Human activities that interfered with the free movement of animals included grazing of domesticated animals, farming, and military expeditions.

Mervyn Cowie was appointed as a director of the newly gazetted Park with his tenure running from 1946 to 1966.

To show solidarity with Cowie’s initiative to preserve wildlife, the late President Daniel Moi destroyed a large batch of ivory weighing 12 tonnes in the park environs.

Today, that spot is termed the ivory burning site and poaching proceeds are burnt at that site to discourage poaching activities in Kenya.

Location of the Nairobi National Park

At the heart of Kenya’s capital city lies the phenomenal Nairobi National Park.

The park provides you with a lovely break from the city’s brick-and-mortar setup.

And yes, the park is so proximal to the city and thus you should not have any excuse not to visit and have fun.

Nairobi National Park is rich in wildlife thus making it a suitable place for a wildlife safari.

The park is 7 kilometers South of Nairobi’s central business district and covers an area of 117.21 square kilometers.

Additionally, the park lies at an altitude of 1760 meters above sea level.

Established in the year 1946, the park is owned by the Government of Kenya and managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service.

The park is fenced on three sides to contain the movement of wild animals into the city so as to limit human-wildlife conflict and encroachment.

The southern entrance to the park is not fenced to let in migrating wildlife from Kitengela plains.

The Park forms a critical portion of the Athi-Kapiti ecosystem and the Mbagathi river forms a boundary between the park and the Kitengela Conservation Area in the southern part of the park.

Wildlife Facts

Did you know that Kenya’s capital city is home to the highest number of black rhinoceros in the world?

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has a dedicated nursery at the Nairobi National Park to tender to orphaned and wounded baby elephants and rhinos.

That way, the country’s elephant and rhinoceros population gets protected for posterity.

Furthermore, the park is home to other wild animals such as:

In addition, the park is affluent in resources with over 400 species of birds – both native and migrant species and an average of 100 mammal species.

The country’s focal point in animal rehabilitation is the Nairobi Animal Orphanage that is located within the park’s environs.

The orphanage is currently hosting and treating a diverse set of mammals and birds.

Expect to find animals such as the rare Sokoke Cats, other endangered species, and the others named above.

During the dry season, herbivores move to the park to feed on the extensive grass coverage and shrubs.

The acacia trees provide much-needed shade from the scorching sun.

The man-made dams along River Mbagathi provide sufficient water sources for the wild animals.

Carnivores such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs are more visible during the dry season as they come to prey on the herbivores while they are feeding or drinking water.

Hyenas and vultures lurk nearby to take advantage of the meat remnants left by their superior hunting rivals.

Furthermore, during the wet season, the herbivores move to the neighboring plains.

Activities

As alluded to above, there are several activities that you can indulge in while on a visit to this breathtaking park.

Below we share with you a few others that we have not mentioned above…

Camping

While at the park, you can enjoy the services of the Nairobi Tented Camp which is a self-contained lodge at the heart of the park.

They offer nine tents that can host two patrons per tent and So far, the camp is the only comfortable lodge in the park.

The tents are luxurious and do provide you with a comfortable bush safari.

However, the city is extremely close to the park hence accommodation options are widely varied.

The other common activities at the park that you can enjoy include:

Getting the best wildlife experience in Kenya is most certainly a reality in the dry season.

Not only do you get to enjoy the unlimited view of the park’s rich wildlife, but also wallow in the beauty of the park’s surroundings such as the city’s skyline.

Nairobi National Park gives every visitor the best wildlife experience in Kenya. 

Kindly talk to our safari experts and get your slot today…

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