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Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park was Kenya's first National park and is is the only protected area in the world that is close to a capital city. It is a unique and unspoilt wildlife haven within sight of the city's skyline. The park is only 7km away from the Nairobi city centre, along Langata Road.
It is home to a variety of different vegetation types which includes predominant scattered acacia bushes. The western part has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest. The Athi-Kapiti plains lie to the south of the park together with the Kitengela migration corridor important for the wildlife dispersal areas during the rainy season. Man-made dams forming in the lake have added a further habitat to the park which is favorable to some species of birds and other aquatic life.
The park is an Ornithologists catch, with over 300 bird species including the Secretary bird, crowned cranes, vultures, peckers and many more. A visitor is likely to see 4 of the Big Five that is lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard. The savannah vegetation is a perfect habitat for most of the animals that can be found in the park especially the carnivores as they hunt their prey. Acacia trees are food for the long necked giraffe and the grassland is food for the over 100 mammal species.
Close to the park is the Ivory burning site Monument, Nairobi Safari Walk, the Animal Orphanage and the walking trails at hippo pools. Nairobi National Park has 7 gates 2 of which are of KWS service use only. The gates are:
Main gate-KWS headquarters on Langata Rd
- Cheetah gate
- Langata gate
- Maasai gate
- Mbagathi gate (service gate)
- Banda gate (service gate)
The park is an attraction for corporate events, bush dinners, weddings, picnics, team building sessions, video and film production. There is no in-park accommodation in Nairobi National Park but plenty of accommodation can be found in the city centre or in the outskirts of the city depending on choice and preference of the visitor.