To quote the words of John Hemingway, “If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.”
From the day we started planning for our Kenya trip, we were thrilled with the thoughts of going for game drives. Like everyone else, even we were looking forward to Maasai Mara – ‘The Safari Mecca Of The World’. But to be honest, Nairobi National Park surprised us big time!
The normal ‘game drive rule’ states that one can always spot the animals during the early morning safari, as that’s the time when they head out in search of food and water. In NNP as well, there’s a 6’O Clock game drive which is pretty popular and most of the people target for that. Unfortunately (or fortunately enough!), we didn’t manage to get a slot in the 6’O clock safari on the day we had planned for NNP.
We managed to book a slot for the 11 AM game drive with Haroun as our guide. (We met him at the KWS office, and he has been working as a guide for about 8 years!) While most of the people we had met earlier said that there’s a thin chance of spotting the carnivores at that time of the day, Haroun was quite confident that he won’t disappoint us. He promised that he would try his best so that we can see lions (if not anything else) in those 3 hours!
Not kidding, but it was just about 10 minutes or so that we had entered the park, and we saw one of the mightiest packs living in NNP – The Kingfisher Pride! And not just that, but we saw some of the rarest species like Black Rhinos, Secretary Bird etc.
Here are some of the best photographs from Nairobi National Park!
Rightly said by the author of Out of Africa, Karen Blixen, “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.”
Putting it in the words of the famous American actor Will Smith, “It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.”
Some Interesting Facts About Nairobi National Park:
- It’s the only Wildlife Park in the world that’s located within the boundaries of a capital city!
- The park has black rhinos, considered to be an endangered species.
- It serves as a major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks across Kenya.
- It’s the first national park to be gazetted in Kenya on December 16, 1946.
- There are more than 400 different bird species, of which nearly 20 are seasonal European migrants.
- It’s home to over 100 mammalian species, including Big 4 (Lions, Wild Buffalo, Leopards. and Rhinos).
- There’s a huge zebra and wildebeest population thriving in this park.
- Predators like hyenas and cheetahs are also found in NNP.
- There’s a huge hippo pool, and one can opt for a walking safari around that place.
“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”
– Karen Blixen (Danish author who is best known for “Out of Africa”, her account of living in Kenya).