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Nairobi National Park, WW

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It's like going to the zoo.
by gummo

Nairobi National Park is the smallest national park in Kenya. It is packed with animals and an electric fence surrounds 3 sides of the park. The park opens @ 6 am and closes at 6pm. There is a park fee (roughly $40 to $45 - depending on the exchange rate for non-residents). They do not accept cash. You can also camp in the park.

Expect to see white rhinos grazing along the road. Black rhinos are harder to find because they hide in the shrublands and are solitary and will attack vehicles. Lions, elands, ostriches, zebras, hippos, cape buffaloes, and giraffes are common throughout the park. There are 400 recorded bird species in Nairobi National Park.

Many companies offer private and group tours. It's best to go in the morning but afternoon tours are also available. Tour companies will pick you up and drop you off at the hotel or other locations. Tours usually cost $60 to $85 plus the park fee. DO NOT PAY FOR THE PARK FEE IN ADVANCE! The park service will not receive it. Use to book your trip. Avoid any offers that say that your park fee is included in the price. Just pay for the tour and pay the park fee upon entry. You can also drive yourself in the park but road conditions vary.

First, you will pass a forested area where you can see bushbucks and dik-diks. You get to the first reservoir, where crocodiles, zebras, birds, and hippos reside. After that, you will drive into the heart of the park thru the savannah to see the megafauna. No elephants live in this park. You will see the city in the background. Since Nairobi National Park is close to the city, the animals are more protected from poachers; although I was told that poaching does still exist on occasion. Rarely seen animals in the park are hyenas, leopards, jackals, and cheetahs.

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2023-03-22 gummo
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    See map. Tour guides will most likely take you to the park, which is on the southern end of Nairobi. Hotels such as 254 Ole Sereni and The Curve border Nairobi National Park and are highly recommended.
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