Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is a unique ecosystem by being the only protected area in the world close to a capital city. The park is located only 7 km South of Nairobi city. It has braved horizontal expansion pressure by Nairobi’s ever unending construction activities since 1946.
As you enjoy the ambience of the park and breathing taking sceneries, the Nairobi’s skyscrapers spicy-up the view. The proximity of urban and natural environments has caused conflicts between the animals and local people and threatens animals’ migration routes. Currently there is a major stand down on construction of Southern bypass for Nairobi city.
The city planners should borrow from Netherlands’ highways ecoducts. These wildlife crossings in Netherlands are an impressive display of over 600 of underpasses and ecoducts that have been used to protect the endangered European badger as well as populations of wild boar, red deer, and roe deer.
Still, despite its proximity to civilisation and relative small size for an African national park, Nairobi National Park boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Migrating herbivores gather in the park during the dry season, and it is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.
The savannah ecosystem comprise of different vegetation types. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest. To the south are the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela migration corridor which are important wildlife dispersal areas during the rain season. Man-made dams within the park have added a further habitat, favourable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biome.
Major wildlife attractions are the Black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffaloes, Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Other attractions include the Ivory burning site Monument, Nairobi Safari Walk, the Orphanage and the walking trails at hippo pools.