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One of the best places in the world for an encounter with the wild, Africa is where a new adventure awaits every day. And the good news for those who are looking for an elaborate affair with the African flora and fauna is that you can start right from the bustling capital of Nairobi, known for hiding many gems under the carpet of greenery and serenity that prevails on its outskirts, and in rare cases, right in the city’s heart.

 

Looking for inspiration to start your journey into the African wildlife in Nairobi? Start here:

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Nairobi National Park

To get a glimpse into the famed wildlife of Africa, you can start right at Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital. The Nairobi National Park gives visitors an easy access into the wild against a stunning city backdrop. The oldest national park in the city, sprawling over 117 sq km, the park boasts the densest population of black rhinos in the world. Some of the other animals that can be easily spotted include lions, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, gazelles, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, ostriches and buffaloes. Bird watchers aren’t disappointed here either as the park has over 400 species of birds calling it home.

 

Karura Forest

Spread over a whopping 2570 acres, Karura Forest contributes a great deal to the verdant sheet that spreads over the city. Apart from animal and bird sightings, including harveys duiker, bushbucks, bush pigs, genets, civets, honey badgers, bush babies, porcupines, syke’s monkeys, bush squirrels, hares and fruit bats, the forest remains a popular choice for walking, hiking, biking and running adventures on over 50km of natural trails. Besides, a range of stunning natural attractions such as Mau Mau caves, gushing waterfalls and beautiful picnic sites add to the appeal of the forest.

 

Oloolua Nature Trail

Another stunning natural retreat, Oloolua Nature Trail has everything you can ask from a nature-inspired excursion – thick trees, small streams, a diverse flora and fauna, gushing waterfalls, stunning campsites as well as picnic spots. One can follow the course of Mbagathi River; rest on the benches under the bamboo trees, discover mysterious tunnels and hear an array of birds chirping while hiking, running or picnicking amidst the serene surroundings.

 

Ngong Hills Nature Reserve

One of most popular weekend destinations, the Ngong Hills are not only known for their astounding natural beauty but are also popular as a place of great religious importance for locals who worship these hills. The hikers have a great time, crossing the steep hills and ascending to the top for being rewarded by panoramic vistas including a breathtaking view of the Great Rift Valley and the Nairobi City. The native flora and fauna of the region can also be discovered on the trail including exotic pine, cypress, Acacia, croton trees as well as native buffaloes, wild pigs, porcupine, and dik-diks.

 

Lake Naivasha

Marked by grassy banks, cacti and sand olive trees, Lake Naivasha has the title of being the highest lake in the Rift Valley region. The cerulean lake, definitely, is at the centre of this enchanting sight but walking with animals at Crescent Island, exploring the Hell’s Gate National Park, climbing the Mt. Longonot, taking a dip at Ol Karia Geothermal Spa and spotting flamingos and herds of giraffes, zebras and hippos lounging around in the garden at Elsamere and drinking water by the lake are experiences no less exciting.

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