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.

White Rhinos at Nairobi National Park. Kenya,
White Rhinos at Nairobi National Park. Kenya | Photo By Kandukuru Nagarjun

Major Attractions

  • Large predators – lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah.
Africa Lion Nairobi National park
Africa Lion Nairobi National park | Photo By Carol Foil
  • Black rhinoceros and aggregations of large herbivores – eland, buffalo, zebra, and wildebeest.
  • Walking trails at hippo pools.
  • Ivory Burning Site Monument.
  • Nairobi Safari Walk and the Animal Orphanage
  • Spacious picnic sites

Wildlife: Major wildlife attractions are black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffalos, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands, crocodile and hippo (no elephants).

Birds: The park has a diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. At least 20 of which are seasonal European migrants.

Nairobi National Park
A Bird at Nairobi National park | Photo By serena_tang

Best time to visit

All year round

What to Do

Crocodile at Nairobi National Park
Crocodile at Nairobi National Park | Photo By serena_tang
  • Game viewing
  • Special events such as weddings
  • Corporate events such as team building, bush dinners, video and film production.
  • Picnic activities

How to Get to Nairobi National Park

By Road: The park is located approximately 7 km from the city center and easily accessible on tarmac roads, mainly through  Lang’ata Road.

By Air: You can access the park through the nearest airports, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport.

Other Details

Park Entry Fees

Check the Kenya Wildlife Service website for check prices.

Park Size

117 square km sq. Km

Park Gates

The park has 7 gates. The main gate is located at KWS headquarters on Lang’ata Road.


January-March is hot and dry, April-June is hot and wet; July-October is very warm and wet.