Nairobi National Park Preview.
Nairobi National Park Tour held Nairobians together when we had inter-county Lockdown Kenya. This was the only operational touristic site.
After all the glory and merry about being the only National Park within a major city was not in vain.
You only miss the sun when it starts to snow. This was the case with Nairobi National Park.
Thousands of tourists travel many miles overseas just to experience how it feels to do a game drive within a city.
Yet a Kenyan born has never stepped in this Impeccable, picturesque, and enchanting Park.
Thanks to COVID 19 almost everyone went on a Nairobi National Park Safari. Netizens now appreciate it more than ever. It came in handy, it was there for us when we needed it the most.
Without much ado, here is everything you need to know about the Nairobi National Park tour.
Why Nairobi National Park Stands Out.
I have been to this beautiful park countless times and I never get enough of it, no one does. Once you visit that’s it, you`re in for a long haul.
Now I want you to picture this. You’re in an office or hotel near this Park and all you have to do is just have a quick view over that window pane and suddenly you’re like a dog with two tails.
Viewing lions prowling on those Gazelles and to accelerate this, all you need is binocular, and you’re Certainly sorted.
To spice it up, go for a game drive and take those panoramic pictures of lions in their natural habitat with a backdrop of sky scrapper city buildings.
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Why you should visit Nairobi National Park.
- Nairobi National Park is the most affordable Park in Kenya.
Covid 19 measures recommend a minimum number of 6 pax per Tour Van or Land cruiser. This doesn’t mean the price has gone higher on the contrary it has gone down.
Nairobi National Park fee has always been almost half of the other National Parks fees. This is not because it has little to offer but because it is a Kenyan treasure for people all over the world.
In any case, the Nairobi National Park game drives are more engaging than most of the other National parks and reserves in Kenya.
The game drives start from 6:00 Am just like the other normal days and end at noon Six good hours of incredible Game drive. It is encouraged to do a family tour or with friends.
This Safari will come in handy magically, You are on a business trip in Kenya and you only have a half-day in Nairobi?
Doing a game drive in Nairobi NP is the most ideal activity in Nairobi. Isn`t it exhilarating to see that Lion with the black mane roar?
The moment you step in that KWS gate everything changes.
10.) Adrenaline rush.
The thought of waking up early morning, the thrill to look forward to the Big Day. The Game drive at Nairobi National Park Tour will keep you in toes.
Just like back in the day on eve of Christmas, that feeling before a big day will send those chills, and this is scientifically proven, to be a good course to your body.
9.) Save Money.
You will save a lot if you take the deals on the table. The NNP Packages are the most discounted and sold.
Some tour operators will even extend the pleasure to receive or drop you at the Airport at no extra charge. or Drop and pick you from your Nairobi Residence.
8.) Black Rhinoceros.
This is one of the most endangered species in the history of Kenyan wildlife. Rhinoceros is hook-lipped, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The black rhino population has declined by 97.6 from the 1960s, thanks to these assholes called poachers. Typing this name DRAINS ME.
I wish it never existed, wouldn’t the wildlife world be better? In 1993 before some of you were born, it was estimated that only 2300 black rhinos were remaining.
Thanks to digital conservation efforts across Africa. The population has risen to over 5,000 today. You’re lucky to be able to see a black rhino today.
It is a big deal to see a black rhino before it is too late, grab that phone, engage friends, or even do solo though sharing the cost with friends is always cheaper.
7.) The first park to be gazetted in Kenya.
we have many national parks sanctuaries and reserves in Kenya but Nairobi National Park was the first to be gazetted on December 16, 1946.
You will not only be doing game drive but also go in history for experiencing the first park in the history of Kenya
6.) Diverse birdlife.
Nairobi National Park has over 500 bird Species. This means every corner you make in the park you will at least spot different species of birds if not rare.
20 Species are seasonal European migrants. This will go without saying that, Nairobi The Capital city of Kenya gives the most bird species list in the world.
This park is widely and popularly known as a bird guiding destination.
5.) The Big Five at Nairobi National Park.
Nairobi National Park is home to the big five except the Elephant which can be viewed at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Nairobi).
The Big four are, Lion, cheetah, leopard, and buffalo are just some of the animals you can encounter on a half-day trip in Nairobi NP.
If you are lucky you will spot antelope species including the oribi, a grassland special. Coke’s hartebeest is quite common and if lucky, a herd of shy eland will come into view. Pairs of little kirk’s dik-dik can be spotted and the endangered Hartebeest.
4.) Ivory Burning Site Monument.
This is one the most important landmarks in the annals of conservation: It was here that the second Kenyan president late Daniel Arap Moi made a dramatic statement to poachers by setting fire to 11 tonnes of seized ivory in 1989.
That event did send a strong message to the POACHERS. These Cold Hearted Ass** are the worst thing that ever happened to wildlife.
So, the burning meant we are strict about poaching and that it should stop immediately. somehow, I must say it kind of worked for a while.
Until 2016 the current president, Uhuru Kenyatta did the same as shown in the video above. He burned another 100 tonnes of Ivory at the same site.
I keep wondering what goes through the mind of these stone cold-hearted humans. I know it must have hurt them, witnessing the ivory turn to ashes. This memorable site is within the park, precisely at the main Gate.
3.) Walking trails at hippo pools.
Following the Athi River Banks comes Nature trails inside the Nairobi National Park. This is one of the places you can take a walk or hike as there are raised wooden board path that allows you to have a panorama aerial view and the Hippo Pools. It is a showcase of the park, the route is patrolled by the KWS ( Kenya wildlife service) frequently just to keep you safe.
2.) The picnic site.
has facilities such as toilets, running water and a parking area.
Hiking, picnics, game viewing, bird watching with animals to see including hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, terrapins,s, and birds.
The location of Hippo Pools Nature Trail is in Nairobi national park’s southeastern end, near the Athi River.
1.) The Nairobi National Park Safari Walk.
With its raised wooden boardwalk that allows Panoramic Aeriel views of the wildlife, the Safari Walk is a show case for Kenya’s Parks and Reserves, allowing an overview. You will be able to see wildlife including the rare bongo, white rhino, leopard, lion, cheetah, and many more…
Hotels inside the Nairobi National Park.
You will probably want to stay overnight and enjoy the roar of the lions, hoot laugh of the hyenas, groan and grunts of hippos and Leopards.
At the moment we only have one Tented Camp inside the Nairobi National Park.
Nairobi Tented Camp.
This is the only camp in Nairobi National Park to ever been allowed inside this incredible Gem at the moment.
I hope others not to be allowed though due to conservation factors. The SGR should be the last construction in that park.
The Nairobi Tented Camp is only 7 Kilometers from Nairobi City.
The Camp Only consists of 9 tented Camps which can accommodate two pax per tent. They are instilled with showers and toilets. It is all Self-contained and you can enjoy the luxury of a Safari Camp.
The Emakoko a boutique lodge.
There is the Emakoko a boutique lodge uniquely positioned on the edge of the Park. To access it you can drive through the park itself, with its beautiful scenery.
The only “transfer” delays likely to be encountered en route to or from The Emakoko are the natural pauses to watch a pride of lions or waiting for a Rhino or a tower of Giraffes to cross the road.
The Ololo Safari Lodge and Farm.
One of the best Lodges on the banks of this magnificent Park. Wildlife is not scarce since they can come at an up-close and personal encounter.
Set on 20 Acres of land. Ololo Safari Lodge is a luxury lodge boosting of beyond expectations experience.
Nairobi National Park Tour Packages.
Nairobi National Park Tour Van Charges 2021.
According to Incredible Kenya Adventures, in 2021 Tour Van Charges are as follows.
Tour Van charges for locals.
- 1 Person Kes11,000
- 2 Pax Kes6,100
- 3 Pax Kes3,999
- 4Pax Kes2,999
- 5Pax Kes2,499
- 6Pax Kes1,999
Van charges for Non Residents.
- 1 Person $120
- 2 Pax $70
- 3 Pax $50
- 4Pax $42
- 5Pax $38
- 6Pax $35
Nairobi National Park Land Cruiser (Jeep) Charges 2021.
4WD Land Cruiser charges for locals.
- 1 Person Kes13,000
- 2 Pax Kes6,999
- 3 Pax Kes4,999
- 4Pax Kes3,799
- 5Pax Kes2,699
- 6Pax Kes2,499
Land Cruiser charges for Non Residents.
- 1 Person $140
- 2 Pax $75
- 3 Pax $65
- 4Pax $52
- 5Pax $42
- 6Pax $32
Prices of the above package Include.
- Game drives for more than 5hrs
- Prices are Per Person
- English speaking driver/guide.
- Pick up from Hotel or Airport to the Park.
- Drop Off at the Airport after the game drive.
Prices Exclude Park Fees shown below.
This Tour is Exclusively provided by Incredible Kenya Adventures.
The Nairobi National Park Opening Hours.
Just like any o the National Park in Kenya, all parks open at 06:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM. It is actually an offence to be in the park after the stated time unless it is a private conservancy.
You can do NNP in two sessions:
- The Morning Session which I usually the best. 06:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
- The Afternoon Session from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
However, you’re free to do your game drives from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Although Nairobi National Park only needs like 5 hours of game drives. You can combine NNP with Kitengela Hot Glass or Gp Karting Nairobi.
Nairobi National Park Fees.
The Entrance fees were reduced after the pandemic struck, these are the new park fees for Nairobi Tour.
- Adult Kes400
- Child Kes200
- Adult $35
- Child $20
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Nairobi National Park Map.
A detailed Map for NNP.
Which Animals are found in Nairobi National Park?
There are almost all sorts of animals in NNP. We have the big 5 Animals except for the Elephant as shown below.
The Lions of Nairobi National Park.
One of the most sought animals in Africa is King Lion. Amongst the big Five, Lions are the favourite animal to many.
Nairobi NNP couldn`t be left out. There are plenty of lions roaming freely and easy to spot during the Nairobi Tour.
Just like us, lions have a ruler, a king of a certain territory. Currently, in NNP there are the top three dominant lions as discussed below.
Mpakasi the Lion.
He is one of the most famous and photographed lions in Kenya. So, how do you identify Mpakasi from the rest?
He has a tracking collar around his neck. I would suggest they use GPS Chips instead though. He leads the Athi Pride together with his best friend Kitili.
(Athi pride consist of females, Solo, Serena, Zeeva, and Nala plus 10 Plus cubs) but he was recently spotted mating with Isinya a young lioness from the King Fisher pride which is led by Quntai and Leshan.
Sirikoi the Lion.
He`s the direct competitor of Mpakasi, he rules the KF4 pride. Sirikoi is the son of the late Mohawk who was gunned down in 2016 after straying.
(Mohawk is yet to get justice, he didn`t deserve to die that way). The rangers should have tranquillized him instead of shooting him dead.
Kitili the Terminator.
He was named after the former KWs Director General Kitili Mbathi. He is brother to Sirikoi but the best friend of Mpakasi.
The two (Mpakasi & Kitili) rule the same territory amicably. How do you identify Kitili? He has one eye, he lost his left eye from thorn prick or something of the sought but not from a fight as many tend to believe.
You`re most likely to spot him from a distance since his blind eye is conspicuous from a distance just like the Terminator.
He`s brother to Sirikoi and Son of the late Mohawk.
Quntai and Leshan.
They are the future kings of NNP, these brothers hang out together most of the time. Quntai and Leshan are taking care of their King Fisher family after their seniors passed on.
They will soon take over the Park in no time. Mpakasi, Kitili & Sirikoi should watch out for these boys.
Frequently asked questions.
Why is it that there are no Elephants in NNP?
Despite being the oldest park in Kenya, the park doesn’t have elephants because it is a small park and it doesn`t have enough wood. The elephants would struggle.
Is NNP worth it?
Yes, especially if you`re not visiting other National main parks, and only have a short time in Nairobi. Then the park is worth every dime and second of it.
Anything else you would wish to know or something I should add regards to NNP? Hit me up in the comment section.