The Urban Jungle. Nairobi National Park Kenya.
May 18, 2019
by Charity Jerop
Nairobi is not only the heart of Kenya’s economy; it is also a home to different species of wildlife. The bustling city life is enriched by the presence of nature life at the Nairobi national park.
Nairobi has been dubbed the only wold’s city with a National Park. This magical game park boasts of being home to the four out of five “big five animals”. They include; Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, and Rhino.
The beautiful green plains are a magical site to view. A great photographer will have the rare chance to capture the eye-popping wild animals with the sizzling Nairobi’s skyscrapers at the background in one photo.
Also, sitting on a land area of 117.21-kilometer square, Nairobi national park is the first and the oldest park in Kenya.
Nairobi’s National Park History
During the pre-colonial period in Kenya, the Game Reserve was made up of thick plains with a large number of wild animals. The Maasai community lived in the plains with pastoralism as their source of livelihood. They grazed their herds in the plains. Also, the Kikuyu community practiced agricultural farming in the forested areas in the highlands of Nairobi. Then, Nairobi had few people living in the city.
As the population in the capital city of Kenya grew, it spurred a conflict of interest between the wildlife animals in the jungle and the urban dwellers. The people living in the city complained of how the untamed animals were destruction and a threat to their lives. The colonial government decided to confine the animals by establishing a game reserve at the southern and western parts of Nairobi. Famous figures like Isak Dinesen who wrote the book “Out of Africa” used to ride his horses among the impalas, gazelles, and zebras in the game reserve.
It was until 1932 when a conservationist by the name Mervyn Cowie came to Nairobi and was shocked at how the wild animals at the reserve were reducing in number. She started a campaign championing for the protection of the endangered wildlife at the park. The colonial government heed to her call and put in place measures to protect the reserve. This led to the establishment of National park systems in Kenya.
In 1946, Nairobi National Park was established and Cowie was appointed the director. The Maasai community was evicted from the plains and a fence was erected to protect the wild animals.
In support for the protection of wildlife, the second president of Kenya burned 12 tons of ivory at the park in 1989 in efforts to illegalize wildlife poaching.
Weather condition at the Nairobi National Park.
The weather in this beautiful urban jungle is awesome throughout the year. During January through to March, the weather is hot and dry. The ideal time during this season is early in the morning or later in the afternoons to catch the full view of the wild animals. To add, during these season the animals tend to sleep much during the day because of the scorching sun.
From April to June the weather changes to hot wet. To be honest, this time is not perfectly ideal to visit the park unless during the sunny days. During this time, rain is heavy in Nairobi making transport near impossible and also it is nearly impossible to have a perfect glimpse of the wild animals during rainy seasons.
From July to October, the weather is ideal but rains tend to be experienced occasionally.
What to Expect at the Park.
There is so much to see and experience in this magical Park. From the Big Five members to more than four hundred species of birds, there is so much to feed you insatiable eyes. The beautiful green grasslands and the breathtaking rocky hills are something to look forward to in this park.
The black rhinos, the tall Masai giraffes, the lion, The African Leopard, the Impala, Baboon, and The Cape Buffalo are among many wild animals found at the park.
Also in the park is a rare sanctuary that takes care of injured, sick and orphaned wild animals. The animals in this Orphanage are well taken care of by trained experts and released to the jungle once they are of age and or of good health. Animal Orphanage serves wild animals from all over the country.
The good thing about this unique National Park is that you can opt to have game viewing, you can have best picnic moments in the jungle, produce best selling films or have your dream wedding in the jungle.
If you happen to visit the park in June and July you will get the rare opportunity to witness the biggest wildebeest’s migration that has been hailed as the Seven Wonders of the World.
How you can get to the park.
If you love urban life but want to have animal parks tours once in a while, the Nairobi National Park is your place. The park is just seven kilometers from the Nairobi’s Central Business District. You can easily access this park by road or by air. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a few miles from the park. You can also access the park from Wilsons Airport.
Places you can stay.
The fact that the Nairobi National Park is located in the city, means you will never run out of places to rest, wine and dine.
The city offers Hotel accommodations ranging from high-end places to hotels on a budget.
If you are on a low budget you will prettily access best affordable hotel within the National Park’s proximity.
The City life doubled up with the urban jungle life can offer the best life moments to the visitors. If you are planning for picnics, Nairobi National Park is the ideal place to visit and unwind. Feel the cool waters in the jungle and watch Giraffe pick leaves from the tall trees as they watch over the city.
You also get to see how vulnerable and Orphaned wild animals are being taken care of. Take lifetime photos and have the best moments within the city’s vicinity.