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“Worthy if it is first safary in Kenia/Tanzania” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Nairobi National Park

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Owner description: Noble black rhinos are the highlight of this amazing park, Kenya’s first national park and a local treasure.
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“Worthy if it is first safary in Kenia/Tanzania”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Probably one of the best places in Nairobi. However, if you go there after Serengeti, Ngorongoro or Masai Mara it will be highly disappointing since the number of game and animals is decreasing continuously. It looked rather a zoo to me. It is interesting to see the contrast of Nairobi's skyscrappers as background landscape though. However i felt quite annoyed by the number of planes overflying the park and the rattling noise of their propellers. I spotted 6 black rhinos and usual stuff (buffalos, giraffes, horyx, impalas, etc). Just one lion, one crocodile, couple of hippos and no leopards or cheetahs at all. One of the reasons probably is that the grass is quite high (late raining season).
Just for a escape is worth visiting. 40 dollars per non-resident adult is rather pricey I would say.

Visited May 2013
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“The city's savior”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Best place in Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Best place in Nairobi. Go down to hippo dam, spend a five hours, bring a picknick and enjoy!! Get close to the buffalos and the giraffe. See a few lions and you will be able to handle one more week in Nairobi.

Visited May 2013
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“Fantastic day safari experience - value for money!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We just got back from a day safari (a morning and an afternoon game drive) to Nairobi National Park and are absolutely thrilled about our experience. It blew all our expectations out of the water. We went hoping to see a lion and came away having seen almost an entire pride (8 cubs and 3 adult females but no males) at a single site – park officials later told us that pride has a total of 11 cubs. We also saw a wide array of other wildlife: serval cat, giraffes, rhinos (black & white), ostrich, impala, guinea fowl and other birds, turtle, a dead black mamba, hippopotamus, cape buffalo, water buffalo, warthog, and hart beast. We were particularly pleased about the rhinos and the serval cat. We even saw a dung beetle at work - pretty cool!

Total cost for the day for both of us was US$200, which got us park entry, our own 4x4 safari van with an open top roof (basically a converted matatu-style van) and a driver/guide and two game drives. We capped off our day with a visit to the Nairobi Animal Orphanage - a zoo located right after the park entrance (note: there is a separate fee for this attraction). If you have kids, a visit to the orphanage before or after your safari would give them a chance to get up close to the animals they are seeing.

Park officials were professional and well-organised, and there are three restaurant facilities available, including a gift shop. The park land itself was very clean, good signage/directions throughout, and a well-maintained network of roads.

Having been on two amazing weekend safaris before (Masai Mara, Kenya and Liwonde National Park, Malawi), I had kept my expectations low for this day safari but I can say this is a definite must if you have time in Nairobi. This was a fantastic experience and well worth the money and much more affordable than doing a weekend trip to a more far-flung safari destination that requires plane, hotel, etc.

Quick tips:

- If you hire a taxi driver to take you on the safari, it will be cheaper but you will probably lose out on the conversations and valuable insight shared between guides about where all the animals are.

- In the wet season, the grasses are long and can obscure the view from a small car, such as a sedan. Roads can be wet and there were a few paths where a 4x4 was necessary. So we suggest you hire a 4x4 with an open roof top. This will allow you to stick your head out and scan the landscape for animals instead of craning your neck out a window. Remember that half the fun of a safari is just looking for the animals!

-We are told the best times to see lions are in the early morning and the late afternoon when the temperature is much cooler and they are likely to be walking around, hunting. But on our trip, we saw the lions at about 10:30am/11:00am.

- Park entry fees (currently US$40 each for adult tourists) are valid for only one entry to the park. But if you park your car just inside the entrance, you can go for lunch for an hour and then continue your game drive in the afternoon. Your guide may tell you parking is not allowed. But the park warden said we were welcome to go ahead and do that. Definitely try to do two game drives if you have time – this is great if you missed things in the morning and want to try again in the afternoon. You’re also sure to get more great photos ops the second time around!

Visited May 2013
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“Nairobi National Park...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Started with excitemet... and enthusiasm, as I was visiting the 1st National Park in the African Sub-continent. We hired a taxi at 8am from our service-apartment near Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel and negotiated for 2,500 KES(To & Fro + taking the ride on the same vehi inside the park).
First thing that strikes you, as a foreigner, is the entry fees. One they charge higher curr conv rate, and second, they dont even given a single pamplet or map for the fees they take. It doesn't seem like they were too interested in welcoming us to the park. They have maintained well especially the drive way... we went to the historic Ivory Burning site, and saw the Nairobi city landscape at the backdrop. We also carried few bottles of water, and soda (Coke/Fanta), as we knew it might be costly if you buy at the shop inside the park. Carry some fruits, chocolates and snacks, if possible.
We saw few Giraffes at a distance... did not have Binocs... best to carry one to spot animals at a distance. We were told that there are lot of snakes, Pythons & Cobras. We saw some Wildebeests and Ostrich at a distance. Our search for the other animals, went for almost 3hrs, but in vain. We lost our way in between and exhausted fuel as well... our driver did not have money, and hence did not fill his tank. Learning: Fill the tank at your own cost and settle the taxi, after adjusting that amount. We were struck for almost an hour, as our driver had to go on a passing tipper truck to get few litres of petrol. He was helped by the Park Ranger service, who were really kind and helped him by dropping back at our location.
Try and speak to the Park office to make a reservation on a guided tour in an open jeep. That will work out to be better, unless you take someone who is more experienced and been there before.
While it was a failure from the point of view that we could not encounter the Big 5 animals, the best part of the trip was to be lost in the wilderness, which was so wide open and close to the nature.

Entry Fee - USD 40 @ 87 KES per USD per Adult person (No separate charges for any video equipment)

Visited May 2013
Thank Krishnanantha
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