Nairobi National Park in Nairobi – Kenya

Nairobi National Park in Nairobi – Kenya is the only park of its kind within the city of Nairobi, providing travelers a bucolic getaway in the midst of an urban setting.


Nairobi National Park in Nairobi – Kenya is located just about seven kilometers off the city centre of Nairobi.

Getting There

You can easily reach Nairobi National Park in Nairobi – Kenya via public transportation in the form of the local matatu or more commonly known as minibuses.

Your other option is to take a taxi straight from the city centre and direct it towards the national park.

The trip is no more than thirty minutes long.

What to See and Do

Nairobi National Park in Nairobi – Kenya is best known for the white rhinos that inhabit the area. These endangered animals are housed in their own private sanctuary within the park for breeding purposes.

Other than these however, the park boasts of a diverse collection of wildlife. These include the African buffalo, black rhinos, zebras, baboons, cheetahs, gazelles, hippos, lions, elands, impalas, giraffe, leopards, ostrich and even vultures.

There are likewise various bird species in the park with some of these being migratory birds.

Camping and urban safaris are the top activities for tourists visiting the national park.

Brief History

Nairobi National Park in Nairobi – Kenya was designated as a national park in the country in the year 1946, making it the 1st national park in the country.

Being so close to the city, a mere fence provides division between the urban side of the city and the wilderness side of the park. As a matter of fact, Nairobi’s towering skyscrapers can be seen right from the park.

Mervyn Cowie, a Nairobi-born conservationist was named as director of the park when it opened in 1946 and served in the position until the year 1966.

One major event that underscored Kenya’s goals of protecting and conserving its wildlife is the burning of 12 tons of ivory within the park by the country’s president, Daniel arap Moi.

This took place in the year 1989.


Urban safaris for Nairobi National Park in Nairobi – Kenya are at USD40 for adults, USD20 for kids and USD15 for students.

A Nairobi Package on the other hand costs USD65 for adults, USD25 for kids and USD23 for students.

Camping in public campsites starts at USD15 for adults, USD10 for kids and USD10 for students.

Other Information

The Nairobi Package consists of entry to Nairobi National Park in Nairobi – Kenya, Nairobi Safari Walk and a visit to Nairobi Mini Orphanage.