Nairobi, as a capital city, is unique in having a wildlife park on its doorstep. Indeed the city abuts the park on all but the southern perimeter so it is possible to photograph a rhino, browsing peacefully among the whistling thorn with high rise office buildings in the background.
Some of the wildlife is migratory and when there is grazing and water outside the park it moves out into Maasai land through the unfenced southern boundary. But there is also a resident population of plains game and carnivores so a visit at any time of the year is rewarding.
Of the most popular species only the elephant is an absentee. But the rest of the Big Five - leopard, lion, buffalo and rhino - as well as a multitude of other creatures are all well represented.
Nairobi has plenty of attractions besides the park. It has world class hotels, restaurants serving all types of cuisines from African, Indian, Chinese, Ethiopian, and Italian to Japanese among others. You can also take a short excursion and pay a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum (once home to the author of the evocative “Out of Africa” book), the Giraffe Centre, and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.