How to Visit Nairobi National Park

Established in 1946, Nairobi National Park is a great destination choice for anyone planning to be in Nairobi for a few days and has a free day to explore and discover. The park is wheelchair-accessible and good for touring with kids as well.

Diversity in the Park

Located 15km outside Nairobi’s CBD, the park is home to several wild animal species. Among the animals you can see include the African buffalo, baboons, the Eastern black rhinoceros, the Southern white rhino, zebras, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelles , Maasai giraffes, lands, impalas, ostriches, jackals, warthogs, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, waterbucks and more than 400 species of birds. In the park there’s also a rhino sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of the rhino. Nairobi National Park is also an important rhino sanctuary. It feeds the rhino populations of Nairobi National Park, Ol Donyo Sabuk, Amboseli, and all lands in between.

A lone wildebeest at the Nairobi National park
A lone wildebeest at the Nairobi National park

For those whose intention is to see the wild animals of Nairobi National Park, we recommend that you book a trip early in the morning. In the afternoon, most wild animals take a siesta or hide in their burrowed hideouts to shield themselves from the hot sun.

How much does it cost to access Nairobi National park?

Entry fees for the park are charged at the gate. There are several considerations to determine the amount you pay before entry. Citizens of the East African Community states (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and DRC) access the park by paying between KES 300 – 500 per person (US $3 – 5). Non-residents are charged between KES 2000 – 7500 per person (US $20 – 70). You do not need to book in advance before going to the park. Pay using credit card or by M-Pesa.

The rates are sometimes adjusted so we advise that you check the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) website for most recent prices. Your ticket is valid for 24 hrs.

Be advised that the entry fees you pay at the gate do not cover the game drive. If you want to tour the park, you can either self-drive yourself or search for one of many tour firms that provide various packages for tourists.

Park Fees for Nairobi National Park and other Kenya Wildlife Service parks in Kenya
Park Fees for Nairobi National Park and other Kenya Wildlife Service parks in Kenya

If you wish to, you can use your own car to enter Nairobi National Park. Charges depend on the size/seating capacity of your car. Check the KWS website for the most recent rates. Stick to the main roads while in the park if your vehicle is not suited for off-road situations.

Tour Guides

You do not need a guide to have a good time at the park. However, you can easily hire one at the gate. People rarely get lost in there. The Nairobi city skyline serves as a guide to help you get your bearings. The most important rule to remember while inside the park is that you should remain inside your vehicle at all times.

 

Accommodation

Staying close to the city will not be a problem for visitors from outside the county. The park is only 15km away from Nairobi city’s skyscrapers.

Welcome to Kenya’s most accessible safari experience. You can download the latest park rates below.