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Nairobi National Park

Only a few kilometres from the city centre, this is the most accessible of Kenya’s game parks. It is here, at this 117 km2 park, that you can get unique photographs of lion, rhino, giraffes and wildebeest strolling against a backdrop of glinting skyscrapers. Declared a game park in 1945, it is fenced on one side only and despite its proximity to the city, the animals move freely across the other borders to the neighbouring Athi Plains. This is a great place to see rhino as it is a little too close to the city for the comfort of poachers. There have also been more than 500 species of bird spotted here.

The entrance to the park is at the Kenya Wildlife Services headquarters on Langata Road and visitors can tour by car. Just at the gates is the Animal Orphanage where occasionally young abandoned animals are nursed back to health, but it is more a zoo than anything.