Kenya is proud to be the only country with a National Park within the city!
Based on this perfect location, it attracts both domestic and foreign tourists. Unfortunately, as a foreign tourist, I have realized that the charges at the gate are always high on Non-Kenyans. This means that we have to pay more than anyone else accessing the park. Regardless of this, the joy of seeing Africa’s wildest of animals always creates a lasting memory. I have to admit that as a parent, I am always more overjoyed to see my child have a nice time in the wild since it also happens to be a learning process for him and this is ideal for our
I have to admit that as a parent, I am always more overjoyed to see my child have a nice time in the wild since it also happens to be a learning process for him and this is ideal for our world-schooling too.
Just in case you are on a fixed budget and want to avoid the high gate charges to the Nairobi National Park, here are the five tips that we as world travel experts offer you where will see you explore the park without really going in.
So why pay for a safari in the Nairobi National Park when you can follow these tips and see many of the animals for free!
Book the Right Hotel
When I booked the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Hurlingham, I did not know how close it was to Nairobi National Park. In fact, I just discovered that the park was a few minutes’ – drive from the hotel. This was so cool since we had the freedom of driving ourselves along the fence of the National Park to spot the animals. I wonder how the experience would be if you book yourself into a hotel that has a rooftop? Well, this hotel does, and you get awesome sunsets and sunrises from the rooftop restaurant and bar. As luxury travel experts, we try to find the right places to recommend to you and we found this to be the perfect location.
If it is located close to the park, you can just get to the rooftop and spot a few of the animals from a distance. The hotel, however, has to be reasonably taller than all the other buildings around. You can also read our tips on choosing the right hotel here.
Use the Right Road Route
You might want to get a backstreet driver for this. Alternatively, you might use a map to know the right route to follow. I am happy that our driver decided to use the right road route that passed along the face of this very big park – The Nairobi National Park. If he used a different road, we would have never had a chance to see the giraffes, zebras, and ostriches that grazed along the fence of the park. It is so cool that the fence to the park is made of barbed wire, which means that you can spot all these animals as you drive along it. However, I wonder what happens when a dangerous animal jumps over the fence and makes an escape.
Choose the Right Vehicle
For a moment, I wished I would have just hired a vehicle and drove myself along this road. But again, this would have been a distraction for me as a driver. So, it is just better to have someone take the will as you stare at Africa’s beauty through the window.
Talking about windows, you might want to use a vehicle that does not have tinted windows. This allows you to have a clear vision of every animal moving along the fence. This is more important to photographers since clarity is essential for their photography. Just in case the car has tinted windows, you might want to roll them down so as to have a clear shot. You will, however, find yourself battling with the wind. I thought of how amazing the trip would have been if we had a touring car with sliding sunroofs. This would have allowed us to stand up and see more of what the park has to offer. You might want to consider this.
What are your plans for the day?
In other words, which places do you want to visit on a specific day? Make sure you have good time management.
For us, we had planned to visit an orphanage in a place called Mlolongo when we spotted the National park. In other words, if we had planned to visit a different place located in the opposite direction, we would never have spotted the park.
I discovered that there is so much joy in bumping on things at times. I have to admit that I was excited to spot the zebras even though I wasn’t seeing them for the first time. That is the joy I am talking about. So, our planning took us through the right route and allowed us to see for free, the animals that tourists pay so much to spot.
So, our planning took us through the right route and allowed us to see for free, the animals that tourists pay so much to spot.
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