Nairobi National Park - "The World's only wildlife capital..."

Nairobi National Park is unique in that it is the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds situated in the Kenya's Cosmopolitan capital Nairobi. The park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi popularly known as the green city in the sun.

The park is comprised of diverse habitats with distinctive fauna and flora. Nairobi National Park major vegetation is open savannah grass plains dotted 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 large areas with broken bush country and deep rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass.

Man-made dams have also added a further habitat, favorable to certain species of birds and other aquatic species. The dams serve as watering points for the herbivores especially during the dry season.

Nairobi National Park: What Game

  • The park has a rich and diverse birdlife with 400 species recorded though some species are seasonal. The park hosts Northern hemisphere migrants which pass through the park.
  • Large predators such as lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah and aggregations of large herbivores- rhino, eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest live here.
  • Nairobi Education Centre Animal Orphanage is a unique facility as a refuge and rehabilitation of animals found abandoned or injured.


  • Wildlife found in the orphanage includes lions, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, serval cats, warthogs, leopards, ostriches, baboons, monkeys and buffaloes. Endemic birdlife are parrots, guinea fowl, and crown crane among others.

Nairobi National Park: What Activities

  • Annual wildebeest and zebra migration in July/August
  • Black rhinoceros
  • Ivory Burning Site Monument
  • Walking trails at hippo pools
  • Nairobi Safari Walk and the animal Orphanage
  • The park has one nature trail at the Hippo Pool

Nairobi National Park: Best time to visit

  • All year round

Nairobi National Park: Where to stay

  • Nairobi Tented Camp and Amakoko Lodge inside the park or Nairobi City Hotels
    • Nairobi Tented Camp

      Nairobi Tented Camp is an authentic tented camp in the Nairobi National Park. The intimate tented camp which is found deep within a riverine forest close to Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Wilson Airport and Nairobi City is a true wilderness experience. It is the first safari accommodation of any sort to be allowed in this unique Nairobi National Park and the only tented accommodation in Nairobi. Nairobi Tented Camp:  Highlights There isn’t anywhere else in the world like it; a wilderness escape where you can enjoy the thrill of camping in the heart of thick bushland right on the doorstep of Nairobi. A wildlife haven unlike any other, the sweeping plains on one side and Nairobi city on the other, Nairobi National Park is with guaranteed sightings of rhino Whether you are in Nairobi for tourism, a night layover, international business or conferences, films or simply looking for a weekend break as a resident, a stay at the camp is rewarding. Nairobi Tented Camp:  Accommodation Eight luxury en-suite tents, as well as elegant dining and living areas, comfortably nestled in a beautiful olive and croton forest in the Kisembe Valley. Nairobi Tented Camp:  Activities Early morning and late evening game drive…
    • The Emakoko - Living on the Edge - Remote Refined Remarkable

      The Emakoko Lodge is uniquely nestling on the side of a valley overlooking the Nairobi National Park with the Mbagathi River running directly below. The lodge is located a mere 45 minutes from either Wilson Airport or Jomo Kenyatta Airport. With an option of either driving through the park itself, with its beautiful scenery and abundance of plains game, is a spectacular way to start any East African safari. The Emakoko: Highlights The National Park, despite its extraordinary proximity to the capital city of Kenya, boasts a spectacular assortment of birds and wildlife, with over 400 species of bird recorded in one day.  An excellent possibility of spotting four of the Big Five, many Nairobi residents find the park and the lodge a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have traveled so far to enjoy. The Emakoko: Accommodation Ten beautifully appointed rooms overlooking the game park in an exclusive and personal environment. The Emakoko: Activities The perfect place for leisure and relaxation with the almost deafening silence during the day, and the nights are often filled with distant noises of nocturnal…