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Kenya Travel Guide

Nairobi National Park

The most striking thing about Nairobi National Park, Kenya's oldest national park, isn't a mountain or a lake but the very fact that it exists at all. This sliver of unspoiled Africa survives on the edge of a city of almost 3 million people. Where else can you get a photo of animals in their natural habitat with skyscrapers in the background? As you travel into the city from Jomo Kenyatta

International Airport, you're likely to see hartebeests grazing near the highway.

The park is tiny compared with Kenya's other game parks and reserves; it covers only 117 square km (44 square miles). It's characterized by open plains that slope gently from west to east and rocky ridges that are covered with rich vegetation. Seasonal streams run southeast into the Mbagathi Athi River, which is lined with yellow-colored fever and acacia trees. In the west the river runs through a deep gorge where rocky outcrops are the favored habitat of leopards.

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