Nairobi National Park Tour held Nairobians together when we had an inter-county Lockdown in Kenya. This was the only operational touristic site.
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 the Nairobi National Park tour.
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 into 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 accentuate this, all you need is binoculars, 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 do Nairobi National Park Tour.
Nairobi National Park tour is the most affordable safari Package 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’s fee has always been almost half of the other National Parks’ fees. This is not because it has less 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 at 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 on your 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 for your mind.
9.) Save Money
You will save a lot if you take the deals on the table. The Nairobi National Park Tour 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 Dropping and picking you up at 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 a game drive but also going into 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, Lion, cheetah, leopard, and buffalo are just some of the animals you can encounter on a half-day trip on the Nairobi National Park Tour.
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 of the most important landmarks in the annals of conservation: It was here that the second Kenyan president, 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, and 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 showcase 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, the hoot laugh of the hyenas, groans, 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 be allowed inside this incredible Gem at the moment.
I hope others not 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 xuy 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 beyond-expectations experience.
Nairobi National Park Tour Packages 2022.
Well, the prices may vary depending on the season since tour Vans and Land Cruiser Jeep demand outweighs supply in Peak Season (July – February). Also, the Entrance fee during this period has long changed.
Nairobi National Park Tour Van Charges 2022.
According to Incredible Kenya Adventures, in 2023/24 Tour Van Charges are as follows.
Tour Van charges for locals.
- 1 Person Kes20,000
- 2 Pax Kes10,000
- 3 Pax Kes6,999
- 4Pax Kes4,999
- 5Pax Kes3,999
- 6Pax Kes3,599
Van charges for Non-Residents.
- 1 Person $200
- 2 Pax $100
- 3 Pax $70
- 4Pax $60
- 5Pax $50
- 6Pax $40
Nairobi National Park Land Cruiser (Jeep) Charges 2022.
4WD Land Cruiser charges for locals.
- 1 Person Kes25,000
- 2 Pax Kes13,000
- 3 Pax Kes9,999
- 4Pax Kes8,999
- 5Pax Kes5,499
- 6Pax Kes4,999
Land Cruiser charges for Non-Residents.
- 1 Person $250
- 2 Pax $130
- 3 Pax $100
- 4Pax $90
- 5Pax $80
- 6Pax $70
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 or drop off at the place of your choice within Nairobi after the game drive.
NB// Prices Exclude Park Fees shown below.
Nairobi National Park Fees.
The new NNP Park fees are divided into two. High Season (July – February) and Low Season (March – June) as shown below.
This Tour is Exclusively provided by Incredible Kenya Adventures.
The Nairobi National Park Opening Hours.
Just like any other National Park in Kenya, all parks open at 06:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM. It is an offense to be in the park after the stated time unless it is a private conservancy.
You can do NNP in two sessions:
- The Morning sessions are usually the best. 06:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
- The Afternoon Session is 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 5 hours of game drives. You can combine NNP with Kitengela Hot Glass or Gp Karting Nairobi.
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 favorite animal of many.
Nairobi NNP couldn`t be left out. There are plenty of lions roaming freely and are 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 consists 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 was the direct competitor of Mpakasi, before he met his death (RIP 2014-2022) he ruled the KF4 pride. He was injured during a hunt and he was unable to walk again properly.
So the KWs moved in swiftly trying to save him by caging him but as fate would have it. He dislocated his jaws trying to free himself from the cage.
Sirikoi was 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 tranquilized 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 a thorn prick or something of the sort but not from a fight as many tend to believe.
You`re most likely to spot him on your Nairobi National Park Tour from a distance since his blind eye is conspicuous from a distance just like the Terminator.
He`s brother to Sirikoi and the Son of the late Mohawk.
Update: Unfortunately we lost Kitili the Lion, he was killed by other unidentified Lions. He was only trying to protect his Athi Pride Kingdom, he died a warrior.
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 Nairobi National Park Tour 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.
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