The Nairobi National Park is Kenya's oldest national park. Established in December 1946, the park covers an area of 117 square kilometers. The park contains savanna land that stretches right up to the skyline of Nairobi - the only major city in the world that neighbors a natural game protection park. While no accommodation is offered within the park itself, visitors can find good accommodation in the city of Nairobi without any difficulty. The park is located 7 km from Nairobi, so visitors can arrange day trips to the park to watch the wildlife. The Nairobi National Park is a leading sanctuary to the Black Rhinos unique to Kenya. While most animals live in the park seasonally and migrate according to the time of the year, the rhinos stay in the park all the year round. Other animals in the park include the herds of zebra, wildebeest and eland that enter the park during their migration in July-August to enjoy its rich grass. Lately, a cheetah has successfully raised 7 cubs in the park - an event that visitors to the park have observed and enjoyed. The park also shelters animals like the buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, and hippo. The road network in the park is generally good, and suitable for saloon and 4X4 vehicles. For visitors, there is a Nature trail and an education center at the main gate, and about six picnic sites.
Interestingly, the park contains a historic Ivory Burning Site. This was the site where President Daniel Arap Moi burnt 10 tons of ivory to make a bold statement in eliminating the poaching of elephants for the tusks. Since then, such fires have been lit twice to destroy confiscated rhino horns and ivory.
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