Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is an open grassy plain dotted with acacias, artificial dams, and natural rivers and streams. The park offers a quick and rewarding glimpse into the wildlife of Kenya. Four of the big five animals can be found at Nairobi park – The Rhino, Lion, Buffalo and Leopard. Wildlife can be seen stalking through the long grass with the backdrop of the city at the horizon.
Nairobi national park was Kenya First Park established in 1946. The park is best known for its large Black Rhino and White Rhino population, which can be easily seen on a game safari. On the southern boundary is the Athi River, home to crocodiles, Hippo a terrapin. The southern part opens up to the Athi plains; during the July to September window, Wildebeest Migrate to this part of the park.
The Giraffe Centre was established in 1983 to protect the Rothschild Giraffe. The centre was set up by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife T(he AFEW). When setting up, only 130 Rothschild Giraffe left in the wild in western Kenya, and their habitat was constantly shrinking due to heavy cultivation. As a result, the Rothschild Giraffe herds were moved to Lake Nakuru National Park, Mwea and Ruma National Park, while a dozen were established at the Giraffe centre.
You learn more about these elegant creatures at the Giraffe centre, feed them, and observe them at close quarters. The feeding platform also has a lovely view of the Giraffe Manor, a luxury hotel with Giraffe stalking across its lawns. Guides are also available to walk you across the road and into a nature trail and forest.
Elephant Orphanage – David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The Elephant Orphanage is set on the edge of the Nairobi National Park, overlooking the vast grassy plains of the park. The Elephant orphanage provides an important refuge for lost orphaned and abandoned baby Elephants. The trusts patient and attentive keepers are experts at hand-rearing wild Elephants and duplicate the natural mother’s role of nurturing and teaching the Elephants how to bathe and use the ears and suckle.
Every morning, visitors can watch the baby elephants at play while the keeper narrates the history of each Elephant. The Elephants are later released to the wild at Tsavo East National park, which involves assisting them in acquiring a foster family and learning how to survive in the wild. It is an endearing sight to watch the Elephants trot after the keepers chasing and splashing and being fed from giant milk bottles. On occasion, the trust also caters for orphaned Rhinos and other animals.
The Elephant is open during these hours:
- 1100 HRS to 1200 HRS – Public open Hours
- 1600 HRS to 1700 HRS – Foster Parents Visit
- 1500 HRS to 1600 HRS – Private Visit
David Sheldrick was the founder warden of Tsavo East National Park when it was established in 1948. He remained the parks warden for 28 years and developed the park’s infrastructure for game viewing and water holes for the wildlife. He also embarked on a pioneering study on the behaviour of Elephants and was the first person to hand rear Elephants. Since his death in 1977, his wife Daphne has continued to raise and release Elephants and other wildlife to the wild until her demise, and her daughter has taken up the orphanage’s management.
The David Sheldrick trust has released over 100 Elephants to the Tsavo national park and continues to promote wildlife conservation worldwide through books, articles, lecture and research.
Why Visit Nairobi National Reserve
- The only Wildlife park in the world that is so close to the city
- Animal orphanage
- Major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks
- Diverse birdlife: Has over 400 bird species.
- It has a spectacular wildebeest and zebra migration
- Home of large predators- lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.
- Aggregations of large herbivores- eland, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest
What to Do:
- Game drive safaris
- Guided walking safaris
- An easy drive 10km South of Nairobi City Center
Best Time to Visit:
- Year-round but recommended dry season (June to October and January to February)
Nairobi Tented Camp
The Nairobi Tented Camp is the only camp in the Nairobi National Park. The camp consists of nine guest tents, each with accommodation for two people. Each tent has its toilet and shower, so you can enjoy the luxury of en-suite living ‘safaris style’, with hot water heated over a log fire and brought to your shower when you’re ready.
The meals at Nairobi Tented Camp are crafted to complement the authenticity of the safari experience. All meals are served on a set menu basis, with warming hearty breakfast in the morning, refreshing light lunches served under the shade of an olive tree and dinners of soufflés and tender beef fillet served under the star-filled sky. Everything at Nairobi Tented Camp is homemade and cooked with special care and attention.
The Emakoko is a luxury boutique lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, on the border of the Nairobi National Park. Great care has been taken to incorporate the beautiful fig trees which grow on the cliff where the lodge is situated. All rooms look straight over the river and into the park.
With only ten rooms, The Emakoko offers an exclusive and personal environment for our guests to enjoy. Five rooms are situated at the main level, and five built into the cliff face higher up. The climb to the upper rooms is worth it for the spectacular views, but if you do not fancy the climb, you can always jump onto our funicular lift.
The room designs and interiors are designed for comfort, from huge, luxurious beds to black-out curtains. In addition, each room has its private veranda.
Giraffe Manor is a peaceful retreat to start or end a safari in East Africa and has become an icon of Nairobi’s historical landscape. Located in the leafy suburbs of Langata on a 140-acre sanctuary, Giraffe Manor offers a unique opportunity to meet the resident giraffe, all of whom are of the endangered Rothschild’s species.
Close up encounters with the semi-habituated giraffe as they put their heads through the windows at breakfast creates an unforgettable memory for guests. The inquisitive giraffe is always keen to be hand-fed!
The Garden Manor is the newer part of Giraffe Manor built-in 2011. The Garden Manor was created to provide accommodation exclusively for guests of our collection so that the main house can be kept as open and accessible to all. Our resident giraffes regularly enjoy visiting both parts of the manor for treats.