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Nairobi National Park
bush picnic (Picture: Gabriele N.)
bush picnic (Picture: Gabriele N.)
The 117 km2 Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. As expected, the park is a principal attraction for visitors to Nairobi.

The park also serves many residents and citizens living in the city. The park has a diversity of environments with characteristic fauna and flora. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest in the south. In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and deep, rock valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Man-made dams have also added a further habitat, favorable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biota. The dam also attracts water dependent herbivores during the dry season.

giraffe (Picture: Michael Nikolai)
giraffe (Picture: Michael Nikolai)
The park has a rich/diverse birdlife with 400 species recorded. However all species are not always present and some are seasonal.

To the south of the park is the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration and dispersal area. These are vital areas for herbivores dispersal during the rains.

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