Nairobi National Park – Kenya


Nairobi National Park is located in Nairobi, Kenya, and was established in 1946, being one of the smaller African national parks. It was the first national park established in Kenya. The development of the park was very much focused on attracting tourists at first. However, it created some problems between the wildlife and surrounding areas populated by people. Nearby farmers struggled with the park wildlife being a threat to their livestock. The human population living so close to the wildlife in the park also created harmful waste and pollution for those animals. Wildlife conservation efforts became strengthened in 1989 when the Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi burned twelve tons of ivory in the park. It is only fenced on three sides, the southern side being open to allow for animals to move to and from the nearby Kitengela plains. It is mostly large, hooved animals that are crossing back and forth. Here you can see the wildebeest and zebra migrations in the summer months, much like the other surrounding African parks and reserves. Seeing the movement of the animals makes for the best wildlife photography. The park is primarily in a dry area and is made up of mostly open grassland with Acacia bushes scattered throughout. Here you can go bird watching to see the African Darter, Hadada Ibis, White-bellied Bustard, and Northern Pied Babbler, as well as more colorful birds like the Bronzy Sunbird, Baglafecht Weaver, and the Little Bee-eater and do wildlife photography to your heart’s content. Owen traveled to Nairobi National Park in September 2017.

Birds found here