Nairobi National Park

As the only protected area with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city, Nairobi National Park it offers host to a variety of animals and birds  thus becoming a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi.

It comprises a diversity of environments with characteristic fauna and flora. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest in the south.

The park is made up of stretches of broken bush country and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass while the man-made dams facsinate water dependent herbivores during the dry season. There is a rich birdlife with 400 species recorded some of which are migrating birds and therefore available seasonaly. Northern migrants pass through the park primarily during late March through April.

Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful of Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries that is already generating a stock for reintroduction in the species former range and other upcoming sanctuaries. Owing to this special achievement, it is one of the few parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat.

To the south of the park is the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration and dispersal area. These are vital areas for herbivores dispersal during the rains and concentrate in the park in the dry season.

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