Sitting on the edge of Kenya’s capital city is Nairobi National Park – the only national park in the world with a cityscape as its backdrop. With a fence that skirts the road from the airport, tourists are often treated to views of tall giraffe roaming through the scrubland on their taxi journey into town.
But it’s not just its proximity and ease that makes Nairobi National Park special: this was Kenya’s first ever National Park and it is home to a huge range of wildlife including buffalo, rhino, zebra, lions, waterbuck and several varieties of gazelle.
In recent years, pressure has been put on Nairobi National Park from developers, and there have been a number of incidents involving wildlife straying into nearby farmland due to the encroachment of humans on the animals' habitats. Tourism is important to help fund the protection of wildlife in the National Park, and for this reason visiting now is more important than ever.