Unbelievable experience! From planning and booking with Agnes, up to our last day, everything was great!Our driver, Jackson, was AMAZING! He definitely a big factor in making our experience so... unique.read more
Agnes of Mara Gates always responds within 24 hours regarding any of my inquiries. She made the process very easy and always accommodated changes to our itinerary. Ken our driver/guide is very... knowledgeable about animals and their behavior. Will definitely book another Safari trip with Mara Gates.!!!read more
Mara Gates provided us with an experience of a lifetime. The places that we visited were breathtakingly beautiful, the variety and number of animals and flora were spectacular. And our guide, Ken,... was so courteous, knowledgeable, and organized. The depth of his knowledge and explanations of animal behavior and the local environments was like traveling with a patient university professor of zoology, ornithology, and botany. Our lodging, food, and their support service staff were excellent. I give this company and its guide my highest recommendation. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.read more
We had a wonderful 9-day safari with Mara Gates. My husband found their website and came up with a custom-made itinerary, that Agnes gladly accommodated and made it even better. Communicating with... them was so easy because Agnes responds promptly. As soon as their office is open in Nairobi, they respond to our email inquiries quickly. We also met her at our hotel and we discussed the itinerary and she gave us pointers on what to expect during our trip. On the morning of the beginning of our safari, Ken our guide and driver promptly arrived and packed our van. Ken is a very intelligent, knowledgeable, wonderful person who gave us quick lessons on the different types of animals, birds, reptiles and also gave us lessons on their behavior. We would really like to go back and do another safari with Mara Gates, and most especially with Ken. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!read more
our family booked a hot air balloon trip with Mara Gates. A very good driver collected us from our camp in a smart closed body Toyota Landcruiser. Our camp was nearly an hours drive from the balloon... site so it was a good commitment. Hot air ballooning is a must for visitors to the Mara. It's expensive but well worth it. We had a very competent pilot from Switzerland. The open air breakfast on the plains after we landed was also excellent. Then the same driver took us back home again. A great day out. Thanks Mara Gates.read more
We booked our African Safari trip with Mara Gates Safaris in May, '19. This was one of the best trips we have made so far and thanks to Mara Gates Safaris, it became the most memorable one. We... received all the help we needed starting from the booking until the end of the trip. Special thanks to our guide Ken who enlightened us so much about the nature and behavior of the animals in the wild and took us to some of the best viewing spots over the different parks.read more
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our safari with Mara Gates. They were helpful from initial enquiries, through changes, to the final stop of getting us to the airport. The guide, hotels and meals... were all excellent. Our guide took great pains to ensure that we saw 'all' the animals and were able to take wonderful photos. We have great memories of this trip. At 84 and 72, we were comfortable all the way and felt well cared for. We would highly recommend this company and in fact we have to several friends. On another note, we had to cancel an earlier booking with this company because of an unexpected hospitalization. They were most kind and considerate and expeditiously handled refunds of our down-payment. Finally, from what I have seen, their prices are very good and certainly fall into the category of 'good value for the money'.read more
I had a wonderful experience with Mara Gates Safaris. I wanted a 5 day trip to the coastal town and they got me a very good safari. They are highly organized, excellent communicators- never once did... I not get my queries answered and very accommodating. Everything went exactly as scheduled and discussed. Ms. Agnes is easy to work with and a professional in her line of duty. First time with Mara Gates and I will definitely be using them.read more
Nestled on the outskirts of Kenya’s bustling capital city, Nairobi National Park stands as a unique testament to the harmonious coexistence of wildlife and urban development.
Spanning an impressive 117 square kilometers (45 square miles), the park offers an unparalleled opportunity for residents and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of Africa without venturing far from the city center.
This article delves into the fascinating world of Nairobi National Park, exploring its history, wildlife, conservation efforts, and the enriching experiences it offers.
Established in 1946, Nairobi National Park holds the distinction of being Kenya’s first national park and one of the earliest in Africa. Its creation was driven by the visionary idea of preserving wildlife habitats and ensuring the survival of endangered species in the face of rapid urban expansion. Today, it remains a testament to successful conservation efforts amid growing urbanization.
Despite its proximity to the city, Nairobi National Park is teeming with an impressive array of wildlife species. The park is home to over 100 mammal species, including the iconic African lion, endangered black rhinoceros, African buffalo, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and numerous antelope species.
It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, boasting over 400 bird species, making it an ideal destination for avid bird enthusiasts.
The park’s unique ecosystem is primarily comprised of open grass plains, riverine forests, and acacia woodlands. These diverse habitats provide the perfect conditions for a thriving wildlife population and contribute to the park’s unparalleled biodiversity.
Nairobi National Park plays a vital role in conservation efforts, acting as a critical wildlife sanctuary in a rapidly developing urban landscape. The park has been instrumental in the preservation of various endangered species, such as the black rhinoceros and Rothschild’s giraffe.
It also serves as a crucial wildlife corridor, allowing animals to migrate and maintain genetic diversity within their populations.
In recent years, the park management has implemented various initiatives to ensure the park’s sustainability and ecological integrity.
These include anti-poaching patrols, habitat restoration projects, and community engagement programs aimed at raising awareness about wildlife conservation among local communities.
Nairobi National Park offers a range of captivating experiences for visitors seeking an escape into nature. Game drives through the park’s vast landscapes provide an opportunity to witness the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhinoceros) up close, capturing the essence of an authentic African safari.
For those seeking a more immersive experience, Nairobi National Park offers guided walking safaris, allowing visitors to explore the park on foot under the guidance of experienced rangers. This unique perspective provides a deeper understanding of the park’s flora and fauna while ensuring a thrilling adventure.
The park also features various picnic spots, allowing visitors to enjoy a tranquil outdoor lunch surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African wilderness. Educational programs and nature walks organized by the park authorities cater to children, fostering an early appreciation for wildlife conservation.
Nairobi National Park stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of wildlife and urban development. Its unique position as a national park in the heart of a bustling city sets it apart from other wildlife reserves in Africa.
Nairobi residents and visitors are fortunate to have such a treasure trove of biodiversity on their doorstep, offering a respite from the urban jungle and a chance to experience the wonders of Africa’s wildlife in a truly remarkable setting.