Nature and wildlife in Nairobi

As the gateway to East Africa's magnificent game reserves, Nairobi provides a tantalising taste of Kenya's wild animals, birdlife and vast plains.

Nairobi National Park

With its wide open grass plains, Nairobi National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including lions, leopards, hippos, giraffes, zebras, endangered black rhino and diverse birdlife. It is the world's only game park on the outskirts of a major city and definitely a must-visit destination during your stay.

  • Abundance of wildlife
  • Endangered black rhino
  • Diverse birdlife
  • Picnic and walking trails for hikers
  • Half day excursion

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is an elephant orphanage and rehabilitation centre assisting in the protection and preservation of Africa's wildlife. The trust is a sanctuary for baby elephants and baby rhinos who have been orphaned, mostly due to poaching.

  • Baby elephants and rhinos
  • Opportunity to adopt an elephant
  • Wildlife trust

Karura Forest

A flagship project of the late Kenyan environmental activist and Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, Karura Forest is a cluster of greenery in Nairobi. The forest is home to bushbucks, bush pigs, genets, civets, honey badgers, bush babies, porcupines, monkeys, bush squirrels, hares, fruit bats, birds, various reptiles and butterflies. Over 50 km of trails lead to caves, waterfalls and picnic spots.

  • Mau Mau caves
  • Scenic waterfalls
  • Picnic spots
  • Hiking trails