It is really so special to be able to turn off from a horrific traffic jam and find yourself in nature within a minute. It is a bit of a shame that it is so expensive for non-residents as it really makes for a lovely outing or a fantastic detour to or from the airport if you are heading to or from the pleasant suburbs of Langata or Karen. Sad they have closed the gate at Athi River as it was a great start or end to a roadtrip to or from the coast. Not to mention being far more relaxing than sitting for hours in the notorious traffic. I am sure it is the only thing that keeps the air in Nairobi from becoming totally toxic. You might not see lions or cheetah as often as you used to, but you can usually spot a wide variety of plain game. Rhino's though not quite common, are frequently seen. Last visit we were lucky enough to see a serval cat, which was a real treat especially considering how long the grass is from the recent rains. If you are lucky enough to own a 4 wheel drive so you can use the smaller roads, you can always find somewhere private and quiet to relax and contemplate, feeling like you are completely in the wild. I pray that the park will still be here by the time my grandchildren inhabit the planet. I commend the governments so far for preserving it.