Situated just 7 miles from the center of the largest city in East Africa, Nairobi National Park is one of the most accessible safari destinations in Kenya. The park is unique and covers about a 117 sq km area – mainly dominated by abundant wildlife, a backdrop of city scrapers, grass plains, and acacia bush scattered across the pack. The park is a popular destination in the world and is known to be the most urban national park on earth! Being the East Africa Nation's heartbeat, many visitors and locals consider this park Kenya's safari capital. Within the park, visitors can view the rare endangered black rhino, leopards, cheetahs, gazelles, zebras, warthogs, and birds. Over 400 bird species thrive in this park, which is a higher figure compared to the whole of the United Kingdom. This destination is accessible to everyone – no matter the physical challenges.
Getting to the Park
Getting to the park is easy as minibusses are passing through the park's main entrance gate. One can also order an Uber or Bolt online via the respective services' apps. Most safari companies in Nairobi provide half-day tours and guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.
- Minibusses (Matatus) Price to the Main Entrance: KES 50
- Duration: 30-45 minutes
Of course, there are other entry points to the park, including the entrance at Athi River and the one found on Magadi road. The Athi River gate is more convenient for visitors planning to vacate Mombasa or Amboseli from Nairobi. Looking for the most affordable way to get to Nairobi National Park? Target the Kenya Wildlife Service Shuttle that leaves the entrance at 2:00 pm for two and a half hours every Sunday. Bookings are made at the Park’s main entrance gate by 1:30 pm.
Times for touring around Nairobi National Park through KWS changes. Call beforehand to plan well for the tour.
Things to Do at Nairobi National Park
Game drives through the park are the main activity on a Nairobi National Park safari – whether one is self-driving or joining a group tour. This park does not top the list of authentic parks in Kenya, but it houses diverse species of wildlife in an urban setting, making it a major attraction in the country.
One can drive to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an organization rescuing baby elephants orphaned in the wild. This organization was established in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick and is located within Nairobi National Park. Travelers from anywhere are welcome to tour around the area as they experience the rescued elephants in their new home. One can watch as these animals fed and bathed. Although getting out of vehicles is prohibited, visitors can always stop at the marked points and walk around. The walking trails within the park take visitors to the pools of hippos. Here, one can spot these animals in large numbers. Travelers will even come across a beautiful picnic spot at Impala Observation Point, where they hang out and have some snacks.
The 2nd Kenya president, the late Daniel Arap Moi 1989 ordered the burning of confiscated elephant ivory within Nairobi Nation Park – a symbol of zero tolerance for the trafficking of ivory. The Ivory Burning Site Monument celebrates this day every year, and travelers interested in conservation efforts can make this a part of their safari.
Where to Camp in the Park
Nairobi National Park features three public campsites where visitors can build their tents. Travelers without tents can always rent from the park's main gate. All the campsites in this park provide communal kitchens, reliable sources of power, and hot water showers. For a glamorous camping experience, camp at the Nairobi Tented Camp located on the west side of the park. Other than not having to pitch a tent, the Tented Camp has luxurious tents with fancy bathrooms and lighting. Africa’s delicious dishes are prepared by professionals and served within a dining tent or in the bush where visitors can enjoy their meals as they count the stars.
Other Places Nearby to Stay
Nairobi National Park is located near Langata and Karen, the city’s affluent suburbs, which have a variety of accommodations options, depending on what one is looking for. Start with the Giraffe Manor located on Langata’s Giraffe Center grounds. Enjoy the view of the Rothschild’s giraffes as they roam around the grounds. Staying in this spot places nature lovers within reach of top tourist attractions in the city.
Palacina Residential Hotel offers visitors a great safari experience – thanks to its warm and friendly services. It is only a 20-minute drive from the Nairobi National Park. Visitors looking for the bush safari experience may stay at Emakoko, having 10 rooms and is located on Park's southern edge.
Emakoko allows visitors to disconnect from the noise of the town and give them a chance to experience the city’s natural side.
The Park’s Accessibility
Travelers mostly explore the Nairobi National Park from a vehicle. This means that visitors with a disability can, as well, access and explore the beauty of this park. Tour operators in Nairobi, such as Spot Kenya Safaris and Go Africa Safaris are dedicated to helping travelers with disability have the most fantastic Kenya safari experience. Moreover, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the nursery for raising orphaned elephants, is accessible through wheelchairs.
Situated very few miles from the City Center and reachable through many points, Nairobi National Park is one of the most accessible safari destinations in Kenya.