National Park

Nairobi National Park

A unique wildlife sanctuary on the edge of Nairobi city.

Kenya
Location
117 km²
Geographic Size
Dry season
Best Time to Visit

About Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park, established in 1946, stands as a remarkable testament to conservation, being the first national park in Kenya and the only protected area worldwide with a variety of wildlife living freely so close to a major city. This park offers a surprising escape from urban life, with over 400 species of birds and a wide range of wildlif...

When to go

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Seasons

July - September
Best time to go
Ideal for observing a wide range of wildlife and enjoying pleasant weather conditions.
March - June
Low Season
The rainy season may restrict movement and visibility but brings a lush, green landscape and fewer visitors.
July - September
January - February
High Season
Dry months offer the best wildlife viewing opportunities, with animals more easily spotted near water sources.
October - December
Shoulder Season
Short rains refresh the park without significantly hindering wildlife viewing, offering a balance between visitor numbers and wildlife sightings.

What to do

Wildlife

Nairobi National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering the chance to see a variety of animals with the unique backdrop of a city skyline.

Lion

Common

Elephant

Not Present

Black Rhino

Common

Cheetah

Occasional

Hippo

Not Present

Hyena

Common

Leopard

Occasional

Giraffe

Common

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Common

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Nairobi National Park is generally safe for visitors, with standard precautions recommended for wildlife areas. Vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid, as well as malaria prophylaxis, are advised for travelers to Kenya.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
The park's proximity to Nairobi makes it easily accessible by road, with the main entrance located off Lang'ata Road.
Getting Around
Within the park, travel is by vehicle, with options for self-drive or guided tours. Walking in certain designated areas is also permitted under supervision.
Visas
Following the recent changes, most foreign visitors to Kenya must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) prior to arrival, making access to the country's attractions, including Nairobi National Park, more streamlined.
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