The Perfect Nairobi National Park Tour
The moment you land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the ambiance automatically welcomes you to a journey of excursions in Nairobi. You are ready to witness one of the most accessible and contagious safari experiences. Nairobi National Park is set on Nairobi’s southern sphere and stands at 117 square km stretch. It’s one of Africa’s smallest parks but the only one within a city center setting.
Your Nairobi National Park tour will expose you to an abundance of wildlife. Most of this can be seen against a backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers and airlines flying high above the park. Amazingly, the animals aren’t bothered by the busy city life at all.
Wildlife- Nairobi City Excursions
The Nairobi National Park is home to some of the world’s densest black Rhinos. It hosts over 50 of them although poachers continue to threaten the existence of these animals. While on your Nairobi National Park tour, expect to see lions and hyenas which are a common sight within this park. The park rangers at the entrance have updates on the movement of these most dreaded animals. You need patience and luck to spot resident cheetahs and leopards. You’ll also see buffalos, zebras, warthogs, gazelles, giraffes, and ostriches. The wetland areas of the park sustain over 300 bird species.
Accessing the Park
When taking a Nairobi National Park tour via public means, you’ll take vehicles plying route 125/6; they cost Ksh.50. The ride takes about 30 minutes, and they pass by the Park’s main gate. Private vehicles also go to the Park, but you can engage Nairobi tour companies for half day safaris. They cost about $75 per person.
The main entrance along Langata road is about seven kms from the city center, but there are alternative gates on Magadi roads and the Athi Rive Gate. Athi River gate is convenient for people coming from Mombasa, Amboseli, or the Tanzania boarder. Mostly, 2WDs are common on the park’s roads but during rainy seasons, it is wise to use 4WDs.
Navigating the Park
During your Nairobi National Park tour, the cheapest way to navigate around is using the park’s shuttle or your personal car. There is a big KWS bus which leaves the main gate at 2 pm on Sundays for a 2.5-hour tour. You can book in person at the main entrance by 1.30 pm although call in advance in case of any changes to avoid last minute disappointments.