Nairobi National Park might be one of the smallest reserves of its kind in Kenya, but it's also the closest in the world to a major city. And as you might have guessed, housing a nationally protected African wildlife sanctuary next to an urban population of over 1.5 million people has caused no shortage of issues over the years. But rest assured, while conservationists and farmers continue to make progress on keeping the relationship between animals and humans a mutually beneficial one, you get to enjoy some incredible safari options just 15 minutes from downtown.
"Well what's there to see," you ask skeptically? How about lions, giraffes, ostriches, crocodiles, hippos, leopards, cheetahs, 400 bird species and one of the most successful Black Rhino sanctuaries in the world - pretty much everything (excluding elephants) you'd be looking for on a Kenyan safari. It's a great option if you want to combine the African wildlife experience with an itinerary that doesn't allow for anything as time consuming as Maasai Mara or Tsavo. Happy trails.