Established in 1946, Nairobi National Park (NNP) was the first national park in East Africa. Today, the park is unique in that it remains an open ecosystem wildlife protected area adjacent to a capital city. The park is located within half an hour from a major international airport and major financial, transport, industrial, and media hubs of East and Central Africa. Despite its urban locale, the park boasts a wide range of big cats (lions, cheetahs, leopards). These felines share the park with other mega fauna, including black rhino, giraffes, wildebeest, and buffalos.
NNP is known as “The People’s Park,” as its proximity to the city of Nairobi has afforded access to all Kenyans, from working people to school groups, who can affordably enjoy the wildlife of the area in a safe, educational environment.
Despite its affordability for locals to visit, Nairobi National Park is the second-highest earning park for the Kenya Wildlife Service, and continues to contribute enormously to Kenya’s GDP.