NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
The Nairobi National Park is the oldest national park in Kenya as it was established in 1946. The name of the park originates from its closeness to Nairobi City and its boundary adjoins the city’s industrial area. The park can be accessed very easily as tourists land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and stay in Nairobi. Its closeness to Nairobi City has made the park to be loved by most travellers entering Kenya. The reason behind being loved by most travellers is because it gives visitors chances of experiencing a wildlife safari without travel and staying overnight elsewhere. The park is also renowned for its Black Rhino Sanctuary despite it bordering the city of Nairobi. The Nairobi National Park is the home to lions, leopards and hyenas as well as many other animals. Being situated around the Embakasi River, Nairobi National Park has herds of buffalo and a concentrated population of ostriches. It is also a good place to see four of the “Big Five” African animals as well as experiencing the wildebeest migration in the summer months. Moreover, Nairobi National Park is small as compared to other Kenya’s national parks.
Nairobi National Park covers about 117km² (44 square miles), and consists of typical, original landscape such as plains, steep gorges, forests and lush vegetation alongside banks of the Embakasi River. The Park has a high-altitude, savannah landscape with acacia trees spotting across the open plains. The protection of animals such as lions, leopards and rhinos, as well as the black rhino become more tedious and sometimes results in conflicts between the local Maasai tribe and the city’s four million inhabitants.
Nairobi National Park is a significant sanctuary place to see endangered animals in their native environment. This includes black rhino. The elephants can be rarely seen in the park but the other four of the “Big Five” – lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos – can be seen here. Other wildlife commonly seen in the national park includes giraffes, elands, zebras and wildebeest. Moreover, hippos and crocodiles can often be spotted along the Embakasi River.