Nairobi National Park

“The World’s only wildlife capital”

Are you visiting Kenya and would like to go birding for a day or two to see a breeding male of Red-collared Widowbird or Saddle-billed Stork or the endemic Sharpe’s Lonclaw and Aberdare Cisticola? How about birding in Kenya and seeing an African Crowned Eagle, or glittering Sunbirds and gorgeous Turacos? All of these birds and many more are possible on birding day trips from Nairobi and aren’t all that difficult to to see in Kenya….if you know where to find them.

Whether you go birding in Kenya on your own or with a guide, birding in here is always exciting. Nevertheless, a local, knowledgeable guide will always be able to show you more, especially if he has stake-outs for species such as Hinde’s Babbler and Grayish Eagle-Owl, Bar-tailed Trogon,Somali Fiscal, Doherty’s Bushshrike and dozens of other birds that are tough to find when birding in Kenya. I know the best places to find these and many of Kenya’s bird species and would be happy to show you them on birding trips to Kenya.

Kenya has a variety of scenery and habitats unrivalled even in Africa: arid deserts, verdant rainforests, rolling grasslands, snow-capped equatorial peaks, lush green hills, cultivated plains, plus the lakes and spectacular escarpments of the Great Rift Valley.

I offer guiding customized to your needs and target species to such sites as Arabuko Sokoke Coastal forest and Shimba Hills national park, highland montane habitats around Mt.Kenya and Aberdare national park, the dryland bushes of Samburu national reserve and Lake Baringo, tropical rainforest of Kakamega and papyrus line shores of Lake Victoria and extensive grassland of Masai Mara national reserve and other sites.

Nairobi National Park is a unique ecosystem by being the only protected area in the world close to a capital city. The park is located only 7 km from Nairobi city centre. The savannah ecosystem comprise of different vegetation types. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest.

Photo by Joe Aengwo
Photo by Joe Aengwo

To the south are the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela migration corridor which are important wildlife dispersal areas during the rainy season. Man-made dams within the park have added a further habitat, favourable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biome.

Photo by Michel Cremari
Photo by Michel Cremari

Major wildlife attractions are the Black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffaloes, Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Other attractions include the Ivory burning site Monument, Nairobi Safari Walk, the Orphanage and the walking trails at hippo pools.

Photo by Joe Aengwo
Photo by Joe Aengwo

Nairobi National Park, is the best place where you can find gazelles, giraffes, and hopefully Black Rhinoceros, as well as a heady array of birds including Ostrich, Gray Crowned-Crane, Secretary-bird, Verreaux’s Eagle, Long-tailed Fiscal, and Red-billed Oxpecker among many others. The yellow-barked acacias is the best habitat to search for the localized specialties such as Red-throated Tit, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, and African Moustached Warbler.1469882_370927069719945_1071223970_n
Are you in Nairobi for business meeting or one of those big conferences in Gigiri UN mission in Kenya. Kenya Birding lead guide Joe can organize a memorable one or two day safari . Just drop us an E-mail or call us at: joe.aengwo@gmail.com
Mobile phone:+254 (0) 727 85 60 48

3 thoughts on “Nairobi National Park

  1. I’ve been looking for a guide for 2-3 days birding in the Nairobi (or Mombasa )area at the end of Feb/beginning of March.

    I’m currently working between Mombasa and Tange doing offshore bird and marine mammal surveys.

    I was offered a 3-day itinerary at over $1000, but that is just too expensive for me.

    I wondered if you are similarly priced?

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