Is your birthday coming up and you are wondering what to do on your special day? Or maybe you want to surprise a friend or loved one with the ultimate party in the wilderness. If you live in Nairobi, you can make it happen without breaking the bank!
The Nairobi National Park
The Nairobi National Park is just a few minutes drive from the City Centre. Holding a birthday in the park is an experience you won’t forget.
The best itinerary starts with an early morning game drive. Our tour guides pick the entire party crew from their residences or a central pick-up point early in the morning. The suggested departure time is 6 a.m. so that you see predators while they are still active. Lions, for example, prefer to hunt early in the morning, late evening or at night.
Once you get to the Kenya Wildlife Service main gate on Langata Road, a quick photo session gets the excitement going before proceeding into the park.
The Animals in The National Park
Campo’s tour guide drivers know all the best spots where you can see the animals. If you are lucky, you might even get to see the lion Sirikoi, of the Kingfisher pride, bring down a Cape Buffalo on his own. He patrols and controls the area stretching from the Kingfisher picnic site, hyena dam, Number 6, and the entire territory of the upper part of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line that traverses through the park.
Sirikoi has a black mane and is the son of Mohawk. Mohawk was killed by park rangers after he ventured out of the park and attacked several people.
There are two lion prides at Kingfisher known as Kingfisher 7 and Kingfisher 4. Before Sirikoi became the dominant male in this area, there was also a lion known as Sam. Sam died of injuries sustained in a fight where Sirikoi is suspected to have been the aggressor. Experts believe Sirikoi was the culprit because of the confidence he exuded venturing into territory previously controlled by Sam…almost like he knew what he had done!
On the other side of the SGR, there is the Athi Pride led by two lions, Mpakasi and Kitili. Kitili can be identified by a unique cataract on his left eye while Mpakasi has a tracking collar fitted by a team of researchers from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
In addition to the lions, there are large herds of Cape Buffalo and various species of Antelope. You also get to see Giraffes, Hippos and numerous small mammals, in addition to an abundance of birds.
After the game drive, you can head-off to one of the picnic sites for a hearty breakfast.
- Kingfisher Picnic Site: The picnic site is the far end near Ongata Rongai is a favourite spot for a picnic breakfast.
- Impala Picnic site: This site is nearest to the KWS main gate. It is located on the upper forested area and is the oldest picnic site in the park.
- Other picnic sites include Mokoyeti picnic site where you can see families of Rock Hyraxes and the Hippo Pool picnic site
At Campo, we have partnered with The Game View hotel that is adjacent to the park to deliver breakfast at the picnic site. The breakfast includes; sausage/bacon, eggs, baked beans, hash potatoes served with African mix tea, and assorted fruits.
Cake Cutting, Lunch and Drinks
You can decide to cut the cake during the picnic breakfast or do it at the Game View Hotel over lunch and drinks. We can also arrange to have The Game View Hotel bake the cake for you. The hotel has beautifully manicured gardens with tented dining areas. There is also a swimming pool where you can cool off in the afternoon.
Departure or Accommodation?
After the party is over, our tour guides will drop you back to your pick-up point, But, who says the party has to end? The party doesn’t stop until you say so. There are numerous accommodation options at The Game View Hotel ranging from a massive 6 bedroom bungalow to a small cottage for two.
Make sure your phone is fully charged so that you can capture all the special moments. If you need a professional photographer, we can provide one to accompany you on your adventure.
So what are you waiting for? If your birthday is coming up and you want to do something out of the ordinary, check out our Game Drive at Nairobi National Park package. If you have any comments or want additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Campo EA Safaris.