Nairobi National Park Day Birding

Nairobi National Park day birding has become popular due to close proximity to capital city and astounding high bird species recorded plus its relative small size.

Nairobi National Park Day Birding Nairobi National Park day birding tour is one of   those trips that have something for everyone,it is   certainly a birder's paradise


 Depending with your time we offer half or whole    day  birding in the Park

On a normal day  more than 100 bird species  may be seen/recorded in a day's tour

Four of the big five mammals ( Lion, Buffalo, Rhino, 

Leopard) may also  be  encountered  in the park, 

                        FactFile

With a size of 117km2 and established in 1946  Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s oldest designated conservation area.

Nairobi National Park despite its relatively modest size is one of East Africa’s, Africa’s and the world’s most diverse and interesting protected park.

Nairobi National Park  has so many different habitats, represented, ranging from savannah grasslands, open woodland, scrub, bushed thickets and dry wetland forest, others includes rocky gorges, wetlands, rivers and streams.

The Park exceptionally varied native flora comprising plants of more than 100 species. 

This iconic national park has more than 500 Bird species  recorded  and plausibly the longest bird list in all cities of the world, largely contributed by the park having many different habitats, each containing different species of birds.

Nairobi National Park was on news recently a bird (Violet - tipped Courser or Brown winged Courser) seen 30 years ago was spotted by group of renowned ornithologists among them, Dale Zimmerman (the man behind Kenya’s and Tanzania’s first definitive field guide to birds  "Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania" 

Which for the first time, described and illustrated each of the 1,100  bird species of East Africa) on a birding tour in the year 2016.

This extraordinary concentration of biodiversity is more remarkable for the fact that the park uniquely is located within the precincts of a major capital city. 

 

It has also gained prominence as a secure refuge and breeding ground of global significance for endangered black and white rhinoceros.

The ivory burning site is close to the main gate,here more than 150 tonnes of ivory from both elephants and rhinos have been burnt, the first 12 tonnes were burned in 1989 by the then president Daniel arap Moi,

“there was a desperate measure meant to send a message to the world about poaching of Kenya’s Elephant”

The second burning happened in 2016, 105 tons of elephant tusks and 1.35 tons of rhino horns were reduced to smoldering ash, here visitor are allowed to alight from their cars and take photos of ash pile

Nairobi National Park lies in a transition zone between two of Africa’s great ecosystems- the savannahs stretching from northern Tanzania to Laikipia, near Mount Kenya and the forest Kenya highlands.

The combination of available water and a moderate climate (neither too hot and dry nor too cold and wet) has made this transition zone an important area for wildlife. The park acts as a dry- season refuge.

In wet season animals move out of the park to take advantage of seasonally lush pastures on the plains to the south and east of the park. 

The park straddles two distinct zones, the smaller to the west and north west, here the terrain is more elevated, and ranging in altitude from 1700 -1780 m (5600-5847ft) the zone receives significantly higher rainfall.

Second zone which is much larger is characterized by short grass plains with scattered trees and shrubs extends east and south via rocky gullies and scraps in central areas of the park down into the Athi Basin .

The altitude drops below 1700-1540 m 

(5060ft) and temperatures are quite higher.

Tall trees only found on river banks and valleys.

The park gives the Kenyan capital a tourist attraction like no other, it is an important money spinner for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), while providing city dwellers with tranquil, scenic retreat from the stresses of daily urban life.

It functions as the “lungs” of today’s choked overcrowded city, replenishing oxygen and soaking up pollutants

Dusky Turtle Dove Nairobi National Park Day Birding

Road conditions

Being gravel or murram surfaced, all major circuits in the park are passable year round except in some small tracks with black cotton soil which become waterlogged after the rains.

There are several designated picnic sites within the park;

where you are entitled to get out of your car, in the Nairobi National Park Day Birding

  •  Kingfisher picnic site,
  •  Mokoyeti picnic site
  •  Impala observation point
  •  Hippo pools

Birding in these areas tend to be productive because  you have a chance of walking and interact closer  with nature 

Other attractions within the Nairobi National Park includes:

 

Nairobi Animal Orphanage

established in Nov 1963 as a refuge for wild animals found abandoned orphaned or injured in the wild

Nairobi Safari Walk

Opened in the year 2000; you view animals from vantage points on a circuit of raised wooden boardwalks and gravel pathways

Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Founded in 1987 for abandoned, injured baby elephants/rhinos

Open to public for one hour starting from 11:00- 12:00 hrs

 

Itinerary for Nairobi National Park Day Birding

0600hrs: Pick up from Hotel

0630hrs: Check in the park and start birding

0530hrs: Drop off to Hotel/Airpot

Cost

1 Pax $240

2 Pax $185

Cost caters for:

  • Transport 
  • Park entrance fees
  • Water
  • Services of a Professional Bird guide
  • A bird checklist for Nairobi National Park

Recommended thing to carry;

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Cap/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent

Tour Concerns for Nairobi National Park Day Birding

  • Birding will be done while in the car
  • But there are some designated places where clients are allowed to alight from the car
  • These places are usually very productive in bird species,
  • Nairobi National Park Day Birding tour  is enjoyed throughout the year
  • Nairobi National Park opens at 0630hrs and closes at 0600hrs

Top Highlights for Nairobi National Park Day Birding

 
  • Common Ostrich
  • African Darter
  • African Finfoot
  • Dwarf Bittern
  • Goliath Heron
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Spur-winged Goose
  • Secretary bird
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Ruppell's Griffon Vulture
  • Black -chested Snake-Eagle
  • Gabar Goshawk
  • Augur Buzzard
  • Tawny Eagle
  • Bateleur
  • Shelly's Francolin
  • Grey crowned Crane
  • Kori Bustard,
  • White-bellied Bustard
  • Hartlaub's Bustard
  • Bronze- winged Courser
  • African Skimmer

Recentlty we saw a Dickison's Kestrel which is out of range species for Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park day birding