Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is one of the most unique safari destinations in Africa as it is situated so close to the city of Nairobi that its animals pose against an urban city backdrop. Despite being so close to a major city, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen here, including four of the Big Five. Travel here and experience the sudden immersion from the bustling city into the beautiful, unspoiled wilderness of Kenya.
The park is renowned for its wildlife conservation and black rhino sanctuary where you can see these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. From lions and leopards to more unusual safari animals, such as bongo antelope, there is an abundance of wildlife to encounter throughout the park. While Nairobi National Park may be small in size, it is definitely a top safari destination with plenty of wildlife to see right outside the city.
Best Time To Go
June - September
Average Safari Cost
$100 - $600 pp/day. Park fee: $50 (adult), $25 (child)
Unique scenery, black rhino, Ivory Burning Site Monument, walking trails, boardwalks, and the Animal Orphanage
Why Visit Nairobi National Park?
Nairobi National Pak is truly a one of a kind experience. It's close proximity to the city results in interesting and unique views of animals living in their natural environment while skyscrapers and high-rise buildings stand tall in the background. This makes for some incredible photographic opportunities and unique memories!
In spite of its small size, the park has a range of different habitats for animals and birds to thrive in. From lush forest and rivers to open plains and sharp gorges, Nairobi National Park's landscape is diverse and full of wildlife. Multiple rivers and streams cut through the park and provide water for animals, birds and the land. The scenery and landscape of the park provides beautiful views and picnic spots where you can enjoy an authentic safari experience without travelling too far from the city.
Nairobi National Park is well known for its conservation efforts, black rhino sanctuary and Animal Orphanage. It strives to protect wild animals and their natural habitats so that they can be enjoyed for many generations to come. This is one of the best places to see black rhino as over 50 have been brought into the park. These rare and endangered animals are a rewarding sight to see and are well worth the visit to the park. The Animal Orphanage rescues and rehabilitates wild animals that were found orphaned, neglected or injured. Here you can see many animals and learn more about conservation and the animals themselves. Visiting the Animal Orphanage is an enriching, educational experience and is highly recommended.
While the park is excellent for a day trip from the city, there are also campsites and a lodge situated within the park. Overnight in the park to escape the busy city and experience a real African safari in the natural, untamed land. Travel to Nairobi National Park for an incredible and rewarding safari excursion right outside the capital city.
Pros And Cons
- Unique wildlife viewing: wilderness with a backdrop of urban landscape of Nairoby
- Very accessible
- Black rhino sanctuary
- Unique photographic opportunities
- Excellent birdwatching destination
- Very close to the city so it isn't a complete wilderness safari
- Limited accommodation within the park
Best Time To Go
The best time to visit Nairobi National Park is from June to September, which is during the dry season. This is when animals are easily seen as they gather around the water sources within the park. The dry season is from June to October, which consists of bright and sunny days with moderate temperatures averaging about 75˚F (24˚C). Night and mornings are quite cool and average about 54˚F (12˚C). October gets a bit warmer and short bursts of rain may occur toward the end of the month.
The park's scenery is at its best during the wet season, from November to May, but animals are much more difficult to see. 'Short rains' occur in November and December, while 'long rains' take place from March to May. There is a dry period with little to rainfall from January to February. These months are also the hottest months with temperatures averaging about 82˚F (28˚C) during the day. Heavy rainfall may disrupt travel plans and activities as the wet roads become difficult to drive on. However, newborn animals and migratory bird species can be spotted during this time of the year.
For more details about when to visit broken down by months/seasons see our Kenya Safari - Complete Travel Guide.
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Popular Tours in Kenya
10 Days Maasai Mara Great Migration
Best season: Kenya is a year round destination with excellent game viewing. One of Kenya’s greatest attractions is the annual wildebeest migration between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya between June and September. Peak season is from January to March when the weather is hot and dry. This is the most comfortable time for travelling. It is good for bird viewing on the Rift Valley lakes and game viewing is also best at this time. April – June and October – December are less popular times (this means no crowds!) for visiting Kenya as these are the months when Kenya receives its rain. You will still be able to get around easily during the rainy season.
11 Days Amazing Kenya & Tanzania Safari
Nakuru and Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its flocks of pink flamingos. Meet the children of the East Africa Mission Organization. Rift Valley Escarpment UNESCO Listed Ngorongoro Crater, a vast unbroken caldera which is a haven for wildlife Kericho and the Gusii Highlands Masai Mara National Park and tribal lands UNESCO Listed Serengeti, Tanzania's flagship national park Musoma - fishing town of the banks of Lake Victoria Nairobi - Kenya's bustling capital. Extend your stay to explore the sites
3 Days Masai Mara Game Reserve Lodge Safari
This tour covers the popular Masai Mara ecosystem where the yearly migration of millions of wildbeestes and Zebra move from Serengeti national park in Tanzania into Masai mara. Great safari
The Great Migration Safari
Experience East Africa's landscapes and wildlife at their finest on this independent itinerary, embarking on game drives through majestic national parks and reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, keeping watch for the famous "Big Five," and visiting a Maasai village. Stay in the best boutique camp and luxury safari lodge accommodations in East Africa, and discover Africa's astounding diversity, including the iconic "Big Five" Experience six nights in the heart of the Great Migration - three in the Serengeti and three in the Masai Mara Explore Olduvai Gorge on a private visit, where the Leakey family discovered fossils linking man to his distant ancestors Visit a vibrant village in Tanzania to get a sense of daily life, as you ride by tuk-tuk and explore the local market.
Wildlife And Birds
- Black Rhino
- Black rhino, leopard, cheetah
Frequently Seen Animals
- Giraffe, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, eland
There are over 500 recorded species of bird in Nairobi National Park. Ostriches, bustards and secretary birds can be seen stalking through the open grasslands, while martial eagles and lesser kestrels reign over the skies. Bird watching is at its best during the rainy season as migratory birds can be seen.
- Hooded vulture, white-backed vulture, gray-crowned crane, Rueppell's griffon, Sharpe's longclaw
Getting There And Safety
International flights land in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is very close to Nairobi City. It is very easy to get to Nairobi National Park from the city as it is only a short distance away.
If you are based in the UK and Europe, check out these flights to Kenya
If you are based in the USA and Canada, check out these flights to Kenya
Several vaccinations are recommended when travelling to Kenya. These include: hepatitis A and B, rabies, meningococcal meningitis, typhoid and yellow fever. It’s better to check with your local medical authority which vaccinations are required.
There is a high-risk for malaria in Kenya so anti-malarial drugs are advised as well as insect repellent and wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs at night.
For more details about vaccinations see our Kenya Safari - Complete Travel Guide.
Going on a safari in Africa comes with obvious risks. We recommend you get travel insurance for all safaris in Kenya. Make sure your insurance has full medical coverage, emergency air evacuation, repatriation and the standard travel insurance for cancellations, delays and luggage cover.
Check World Nomads’ travel insurance calculator to see the cost of the safari trip cover.
You will need to pack clothes for both warm and cool weather as it can get quite warm during the day and cold at night. Try to pack neutral, earthy toned clothes and avoid bright colours. Other essential items are a hat, sun screen, toiletries, closed shoes, torch, batteries, insect repellent, binoculars and camera.
For more details on what to pack see our Safari Packing List.