Nairobi being the only capital city that has a National park within its borders means that you come from the concrete jungle to the actual jungle in less than an hour. The beauty of the Nairobi National Park is that it has various sections; you can either visit the animal orphanage which as the name suggests houses orphaned animals. At the orphanage, you pretty see any kind of animal without much fuss.
There is also the Safari walk, an activity that gives you the opportunity to see Kenya’s wildlife at close quarters, rather than from the back of a safari jeep or car window. For the adventurous lion chasing kind of traveler, you can take a game drive within the park.
On this particular Tuesday afternoon, hubby and I visited the Safari walk. The sun was pretty behaved and so we expected to spot quite a number of animals. Being a weekday, the place was sort of deserted.
The beauty of the safari walk experience is that you get to enjoy seeing the animals and learn quite a few things about them without the help of a tour guide. At each holding there are signs that have a few facts about the animals.
The map of the Safari Walk trail…
First of was the pygmy hippo.
Sadly the guy was busy lounging in the pool even after much ‘cajoling’ the much he did was raise his head.
And on our way back we found him busy grazing however; he had his back towards us.
The park is well paved and there are washrooms at almost every corner. The park offers great spots to sit and also enjoy a lovely picnic spots.
A spotted hyena busy basking in the evening sun …
Colobus monkeys looking quite dapper, they look as if they have on some tuxedos.
Spotted a squirrel …
How big is this rhino? Found it quietly grazing, it looks kind of lonely.
Its crowning jewel is the raised boardwalk that visitors use to observe diverse habitat at close range.
There’s a river running through the park
His and hers …
This cheetah was pacing back and forth. On inquiring from one of the zoo keepers we found out that it was almost feeding time hence the anxiety.
Can you spot the croc? It can be so easy to mistake for a rock especially if you are approaching it from behind.
The leopard was in hiding but lucky for us we meet a nice zoo keeper who took us to a place that we could at least see its face.
We had to go through some bush in order to see the lions. I was really scared and for no apparent reason, I choose to blame Nat Geo and all those ‘Dead or Alive’ episodes.
An albino zebra
Peek a boo
The facility is situated at the Kenya Wildlife Service Head Office in Langata, about seven kilometers south of the city Centre. Other nearby attractions include the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Elephant wildlife trust.
The Nairobi Safari Walk is accessible both via public or private means.