About Nairobi National Park

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Nairobi National Park History

Nairobi National Park was established and gazetted in 1946. It is Kenya’s oldest Conservation area. For the past 75 years, the park has been the setting for numerous studies on wildlife behavior, ecology, and conservation management. The park has also gained prominence as a secure refuge and breeding ground of global significance for some endangered species, notably the Black Rhinoceros.

NNP is unique among wilderness areas in that it is located on the doorstep of a major city.

Fast Facts

Nairobi National Park in Numbers

Nairobi National Park (117 km² ) was founded in 1946 when the Maasai of the area gifted it to conservation.It is the northern most part of the Athi-Kapiti ecosystem comprising ~2000 km². Nairobi National Park is unique in its location, being only about 7 km from Nairobi city center.The park is easily accessible on tarmac roads and has five gates. The main gate at KWS headquarters, East Gate, Lang’ata Gate, Maasai Gate and Banda Gate.

White Rhino
White Rhino
White Rhino
White Rhinos
White Rhino
Bird Species
(Highest in the Country)


The map below has just recently been developed by FoNNAP and includes updates on roads, sites and sightings. It will soon go into print and then be available for purchase in our shop.

FoNNap Map - Explore Nairobi National Park's rich biodiversity and learn about urban wildlife conservation efforts

Nairobi National Park

Biodiversity Drive

FoNNAP’s NNP Biodiversity Drive aggregates the species identified in Nairobi National Park and avails details on each specimen recorded online. The drive features a mammals, birds, reptiles and plant section.

Mammal Drive
Bird Drive
Reptile Drive
Plant Drive