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Nairobi National Park

Welcome to Nairobi National Park

Who says you need to go far from Nairobi to enjoy a safari? A mere 15-minute drive from the clamor of Kenya’s capital, you can gaze at a snoozing pride of lions or a graceful giraffe strutting through the golden grass at Nairobi National Park.

Visiting this wildlife-rich park is one of the top things to do if you’re staying in Nairobi, and it makes a rewarding day trip – especially if you can’t make it to one of the larger game reserves.

All the classic safari stars here, including buffalo, leopard, zebras, wildebeest, hippos, elephants, and cheetah, and you can also see some of the planet’s most endangered species at the park’s rhino sanctuary.

Nairobi National Park has the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, founded in 1963 which is located inside the park which serves treatments and rehabilitation center for wild animals like the lions, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, servals and among others also the bird species can be viewed including the parrots, guinea fowls, crowned cranes, ostriches and many others. The distance between Nairobi and Nairobi National Park is 15.6km through the A104 road which takes you about 28 minutes by the road means. Nairobi National Park is amazed with other   attractions like the Ivory burning Site Monument, Walking trails at hippo pools, Nairobi Safari Walk and the Orphanage, Spacious accommodating picnic, which makes Kenya safaris and Kenya Tours to experience a number of tourists to visit Nairobi National Park due to various Nairobi national Park Activities in the park. Despite its proximity to the city and its relative small size, it boasts a large and varied wildlife population, and is one of the Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.

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The best time to visit the park is during the dry moths, from July to October, and also January and February. July has the lowest rainfall among all the months of the year. Along with July, August is the driest month in Nairobi.

Wildlife viewing is at its finest in the Dry season (when animals can easily be seen around water sources), from June to September, although it’s possible to visit Nairobi NP any time. Wildlife watching is usually more difficult during the long rains (March to May) and the short rains (October to November). During these months, rainfall might restrict game drives and the grass tends to be very high.

Nairobi has a cool and temperate climate. Temperatures are reasonably constant year-round, and it cools off considerably at night. There is very little rain in the Dry season between June and October. November to May, the Wet season, has two periods of rain. The ‘short rains’ are heaviest in November, and the ‘long rains’ are at their peak in April.

Dry season –June to October

It rains very little in the Dry season, although when the first rains fall is changeable. July and August are the coolest months, and temperatures increase in September through October before the rain breaks.

June, July, August & September – Lots of sunshine with very little rain. Afternoons are pleasant with temperatures around 24°C/75°F, but evenings and early mornings are cold with temperatures of around 12°C/54°F.

October – It is warming up a bit with afternoon temperatures of about 26°C/79°F. The short rains might start towards the end of the month, or it might be later in November. Temperatures drop after the rains.

Wet season –November to May

The Wet season is comprised of three distinct parts: the ‘short rains’ from November to December and the ‘long rains’ from March to May, with a dry period separating them.

November & December – ‘Short rains’: October or November sees the start of the short rains, which normally peak in November. Temperatures increase before it rains, drop immediately after, and average at 25°C/77°F in the afternoon.

January & February – The rains dry up in these months, separating the two rainy seasons. It’s the hottest time of year with average afternoon temperatures of 28°C/82°F.

March, April & May – ‘Long rains’: April is the wettest month and rain might interfere with your game drives. Road conditions deteriorate. The rain diminishes in May, but the roads may still be problematic until later that month. Afternoon temperatures are around 26°C/79°F.

For travelers looking for a camping experience  while on a Kenya safari in Nairobi national park, in the park there are 3 public campsites with electricity, hot water showers and communal kitchens and tent hire services bat the main gate for those who don’t have their own tents.

For travelers who want a more camping experience other than pitching your own tent, this experience can be got from Nairobi Tented camp located within the boundaries of the park on the west side. Nairobi Tented camp is a luxury tented camp with 9 luxurious permanent tents with en-suite bathrooms and solar lighting, the camp serves gourmet meals in the bush under the stars or in the dining tent.

Accommodation in Nairobi national park is got a wide range of safari lodges, safari hotels and camps which are categorized as luxury accommodation, midrange accommodation and budget accommodation. The park has three public campsites. They all provide electricity, hot water showers and kitchens. You can hire your own tent, if you don’t have one already.

Nairobi Tented Camp is the only Official accommodation in Nairobi National Park. It is located in the west of the park, including nine luxurious permanent tents. Meals are served in the bush, under the stars, or in the dining tent. Water is heated over log fires. It is an experience you will never forget.

The park is also close to the suburbs of Langata and Karen. They both offer a wide range of accommodation options, that vary from comfortable guesthouses to five-star hotels.

For nature lovers, Giraffe Manor is recommended. It is located on the grounds of the Giraffe Centre in Langata. Besides 12 double rooms of grand colonial style, this option is extra special by the Rothschild’s giraffes that walk freely around the grounds. Accommodating here also puts you within easy reach of other top Nairobi attractions.

Nairobi national park is situated in Nairobi the capital city of Nairobi, 7 kilometers south of the city center and is accessed using numerous entry gate such as Maasai gate, Mbagathi gate, Banda gate, Lasngata gate and KWS headquarters. To get to Nairobi national park both road and air means of transport are used,

By road: by road it is approximately 7 kilometers south of the city center and about 10 kilometers from Jomo Kenyatta International airport.

By air: by air international tourists fly to Jomo Kenyatta International airport and tourists on a combined safari can use domestic chartered flight to Wilson airport then drive to the park.

Important: Nairobi National Park has over 500 recorded bird species at least 20 of which are seasonal European migrants, some of the bird species in the park includes the Secretary bird, Lesser kestrel, Martial eagle, Pallid harrier, Sooty falcon, White-bellied bustard, Grey crowned crane, Corncrake and many others.

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