If you are going to visit Kenya you absolutely have to make sure and set aside time for Nakuru, Naivasha and Nairobi National Parks. Although these areas are urban by African standards, they are a must see for visitors to Kenya. Each place has a unique perspective to give modern African living. You can get a good mix of the urban with the allure of safari elements like being able to see a real animal preserve without venturing too far out into the bush or the jungle. In fact, you will get so many perspectives on Africa in these Kenyan regions that you will go home with a really good knowledge of the rest of the continent.
Nairobi National Park
Nakuru, Naivasha and Nairobi National Parks all have their own charm. For instance at the Nairobi National Park you will feel like you are on an actual safari far out and away from the city when in fact you are minutes from an urban capital city. It is a truly fabulous dichotomy to take in. One hour you can be enjoying and African cosmopolitan moment and the next you can be viewing big game. You can be meeting the locals in the city at coffee shops and meeting the locals out in the plains of the park. The only difference is the ones in the parks will have paws and claws lol!
Visiting Nakuru, Naivasha and Nairobi National Parks will give you a very diverse view of Kenya without having to travel far from any of the cities. Nakuru is a bird watchers paradise and of the three areas is indeed the place to see your favorite exotic African feathered friends. There are over 450 species of birds including flamingos. You can expect to see just about every terrestrial and water bird Africa has to offer. You can also see 56 different types of animals including rhinos.
Nakuru, Naivasha and Nairobi National Parks offer a plethora of safari opportunities not seen in other areas of Africa. Being able to take everything in such a small area is truly a luxury, and being able to take your own refuge in an urban setting after a day of safari can be a very relaxing and interesting experience. Let’s not forget to describe Naivasha. If you are really into exotic flora and fauna then this will be your favorite of the three areas that is for sure! The wildlife is stunning (especially for hippos, giraffe, buffalo and colobus monkeys), and here too there are well over 400 avian species! An unforgettable holiday destination for bird lovers, hikers (in some areas you can literally walk surrounded by wild animals) and boat trippers!