Nairobi National Park is a unique park as it is the only protected area in the world within the proximity of a capital city with a wide variety of animals and bird species. It is a key attraction for visitors, residents and citizens living in Nairobi.
Nairobi National Park has a unique ecosystem including the predominant open grass plains with scattered acacia bush. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest in the south. In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. To the south of the park, the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration Corridor act as vital areas for herbivores dispersal during the rainy seasons. The diversity of the environment makes it possible for many different types of wildlife to coexist. The presence of man-made dams attracts water herbivores, certain species of birds and other aquatic biomes.
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. It has a rich birdlife with over 400 species recorded.
Large predators – lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah.
Black rhinoceros and aggregations of large herbivores – eland, buffalo, zebra, and wildebeest.