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Do I need to book tour in advance for Nairobi national park?

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Grenoble, France
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Do I need to book tour in advance for Nairobi national park?

Hi I'll be coming to Nairobi for work at the end of the month, and I will have a Sunday free. I'd like to do a one day "safari" in Nairobi National park. I see it is highly recommended but I can't find a lot of details. Should I make a reservation with a company to take me around beforehand? Should I just take a cab there by myself without any other arrangements? Are there tours organized by the park? Thanks for your advice.

Nairobi, Kenya
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1. Re: Do I need to book tour in advance for Nairobi national park?

You needn't book in advance. You can get a taxi cab to take you there, but I need to stress that you'll need to bargain in advance. You don't need to take hotel taxis, and there more expensive.

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3. Re: Do I need to book tour in advance for Nairobi national park?

Even if I take a cab to NNP -- wouldn't I need some other form of transportation inside the park?

Does anyone have any good recommendations to go on some reasonly-priced game drive? I emailed a few companies, and they quoted me $130+ for the 3-4 hour experience, which seems pretty expensive to me.

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4. Re: Do I need to book tour in advance for Nairobi national park?

The entrance fee is $50 for a non resident before you add on the taxi cost.

Nairobi, Kenya
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5. Re: Do I need to book tour in advance for Nairobi national park?

I have seen guests in the park with a taxi, and they have not had a great experience. The grass can be tall and when in a saloon car, sightings can be difficult. In a mini van with a driver/guide you will have a pop up roof, so you can stand up and get a decent view. Ask you hotel if they can organise and if there are any other guests who may want to join you.

My suggestion would be to leave the hotel by 5.30 am, so you can enter by 6 am, and then leave by 11.30 am as the day starts to warm up.

We went in January and saw 13 lion/lionesses and 12 rhino.

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