Are you in Nairobi, Kenya? And Looking for a weekend or public holiday plan? Why don’t you hop on to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) bus “Twende Tuvijinjari”(meaning let’s go enjoy ourselves) and tour the Nairobi National park? For just Ksh. 800 (citizen rate) you can pick the KWS bus in Nairobi CBD -around Moi Avenue and it takes you round the Nairobi National park. Interesting, right? This one thing I learnt when I contacted KWS Nairobi National park office inquiring about their entrance fees.
If you have been following my blog, I mentioned I had some friends from Germany who were visiting Nairobi and as I promised in the post, 31 Hours in Nairobi, here is the article about our experience at the Nairobi National park.
Interestingly, I had always wanted to tour the Nairobi National park but I kept postponing thinking it is expensive and that I will require to hire a tour guide, a van etc. I kept coming up with lots of excuses, so when my friends from Germany were around and they wanted to experience a Kenya Safari, I had to make it happen and besides I wanted them to have a good time in Kenya plus make them talk about their wonderful experience to their friends and family back home.
Surprisingly, a tour round the Nairobi National park is not expensive as I thought. I paid Ksh. 500 entrance fee (citizen rate) and an additional Ksh. 350 for a 5 -seater car since we were driving ourselves inside the park and my pals they paid $50 entrance fee each ( non-citizen rate). We paid at the park’s office desk and thereafter we were cleared to enter the park at the main entrance gate.
We traveled on tarmac road into the park territory and emerge to a wide open space with yellow and green grasslands, blue skies and a magnificent view of the Nairobi city skyline.
As we drove deep into the park, we found a buffalo right in the middle of the road. We watched for a short time before it elegantly wandered down the road.
As we were driving, approximately five minutes from where we spotted the buffalo, we came across a giraffe browsing on vegetation close to the vehicle.
From there the road started descending and it was murram road now; and then it wasn’t long before we spotted zebras and gazelles.
This gazelle was kind enough to pose for a quick pic.
Next, we stopped at the hippo pond to view crocodiles and hippos. A cheerful and talkative KWS warden escorted us to the pond, unfortunately, the weather was really hot and we couldn’t view the animals since they were deep in the water cooling off. Luckily, we spotted some playful vervet monkeys on a tree.
After that we continued with our adventure, and not long we spotted more giraffes.
Next, we saw a flock of Maraboo storks- large and unusual looking birds with hollow leg bones.
And more gazelles…at this point we were tired of seeing them. In the beginning it was exciting to spot them but later on it was just too much… someone can go crazy hahah ! It was a bit disappointing because we were looking forward to see lions and cheetahs.
Next we saw a male ostrich and more gazelles…here we were a bit excited because we had driven for like 30 minutes without seeing any animals.
Highlight for the day for me was the view of Ngong hills from the park – one of the most spectacular scenes I had ever seen.
After a few meters, we spotted a herd of hartebeest, warthogs and more zebras. We spent some time here looking at them and admiring the magnificent animals.
Final thoughts: I am definitely planning to tour other National parks in Kenya. My experience at the park allowed me to just get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and have a complete change in scenery. Whether you should hire a tour van and guide or drive yourselves? It is up to you but I believe it is more exciting to search for the animals yourselves. It makes it more adventurous! If you are having a tour guide, it feels like you are in a zoo where you are shown where the animals are. We didn’t get to see the lions and cheetahs, probably if we had a tour guide, we would have spotted them. I think that’s the only advantage of having a tour guide; you get to see all the action. If you are foreigner, I highly recommend you contact KWS office who can answer all your questions and make your Safari memorable.
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