Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city.
The park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi. With the open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes, and a diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Visitors can enjoy the park’s picnic sites, three campsites, and the walking trails for hikers.
The western uplands of the Nairobi National park have highland dry forests while the lower slopes of these areas are grassland. There is a riverine forest along the permanent river in the south of the park. There are areas of broken bush and deep rocky valleys and gorges within the park.
Nairobi National Park Attractions
Nairobi National Park is the main tourist attraction for visitors to Nairobi. Visitor attractions include the park’s diverse bird species, cheetah, buffalo, baboon, giraffe, hyena, leopard, lion, and 100 mammal species. Other attractions are the wildebeest and zebra migrations in July and August, the Ivory Burning Site Monument, and the Nairobi Safari Walk and animal orphanage. Inhabitants of Nairobi visit the park and thousands of Kenyan children on school field trips visit the park each week.
The park’s Wildlife Conservation Education Centre has lectures and video shows about wildlife and guided tours of the park and animal orphanage. These tours are primarily, but not exclusively, to educate schools and local communities. There has been criticism about animals’ housing, and they now have more spacious housing in a more natural environment. The Kenya Wildlife Service has created a Safari Walk that highlights the variety of plants and animals that are in Kenya, and how they affect Kenya’s population.
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