Voted by TripAdvisor earlier this year as the third best world destination for 2018, Nairobi has so much to offer and TripAdvisor describes it as “an energetic modern city that serves as a fascinating introduction to both wildlife and nightlife.” I am not surprised, the energy and the night life in this city! Lakini mbona mmebadili mipango? 🙂 . Anyway, one of the reasons that led to the vote is the Nairobi National Park, which is the main reason for my post today.
So while doing my research for this post, I came across this quote “You are not a true Nairobian if you haven’t done a game drive at the Nairobi National Park” and it got me thinking how many of us were born and raised in Nairobi or moved here for greener pastures but haven’t had a game drive at the Nairobi National Park? Not that it matters 🙂
I have had the chance of doing the game drive thrice; twice seven years ago with my husband and recently we also took our daughter for the drive and picnic. If you are an outdoor person always seeking for perfect Sunday after church plans this is one of those. All the three times we did the drive ourselves without the help of a guide but you can also pay extra to have a guide.
We didn’t see much on our first game drive probably because it was in the afternoon and the sun was all out but on the second we went very early in the morning and it was the real deal.
Nairobi National Park is not home to elephants but they can be seen at the elephant nursery David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which is also at the park and you get to see how the elephants are fed and taken care of. The other members of the big five; lions, leopards, buffaloes and rhinos are also found within the park and can always be spotted.
Other wildlife easy to spot is giraffes, hippos, zebras, wildebeests, antelopes, buffaloes, impalas, cheetahs and hyenas among others.
The Nairobi National Park, being the oldest of all Kenyan parks and described by the KWS as the “World’s Wildlife Capital” is known for its black rhino sanctuary, bird watching, wildebeest and zebra migration, Nairobi safari walk, animal orphanage, ivory burning site, camping and picnic sites.
The Nairobi Tented Camp is the only tented camp within the park and was the first accommodation of any type to be allowed within Nairobi National Park.
For the picnic lovers, there are four picnic sites within the park; Impala, Mokoiyet, Kingfisher and Ivory burning site.
On our last visit to the park, we (the three musketeers) had our picnic at the kingfisher picnic site. You can plan to have the picnic first in the afternoon then do the drive when the sun starts cooling down.
Park entry fee:
Citizen adults KSH 430/- Child 215/-
Resident adults KSH 1030/- Child 515/-
Non Resident adult 43 USD. Child 22 USD
NB: Should you choose a self-drive you pay for your car as well. They charge:
Less than 6seater – 350/-
6-12seater – 1200/-
There you have it guys, perfect plans for your free times with family.
I took very good photos at the park with my camera but it let me down last minute so whatever I have used here are from my phone. Enjoy!
Till next time