Nairobi National Park on Madaraka Day
Nairobi National Park is a place you can’t get tired of visiting. No matter how many times you venture into the world’s only capital city park, you’ll find something new to excite you. That’s why last week, as Kenya celebrated Madaraka Day, I hooked up with Amunga, Sharon and Joanne to see what we would unearth this time round.
We all wanted to see lions so we called on Kenya’s lion whisperer Paul Obuna to come along. Paul spends so much time taking photos in NNP that he knows the lions by name. This time however, the KWS officers at the gate, after seeing his photography equipment, denied him access into his second home because he did not have a filming license?!#@% He explained he was going in simply to take photos as he usually does but they would hear none of it: filming license or burst! When he saw the wardens were too unreasonable and their demands unrealistic for him, he turned back and went home. A sad state of affairs if you ask me. How a Kenyan who has selflessly promoted the beauty and diversity within Nairobi National Park can be denied an opportunity to perform his patriotic calling is baffling to me.
In the park, protesting Paul Obuna’s absence, the lions kept away, and we were left with nothing but grazers and long grass to shoot.
Giraffes are the best posers. They usually stare towards cameras and after some time, continue grazing.
NNP is on JKIA’s flight path, giving you great views of birds landing in Nairobi.
As usual, sunsets are nothing short of glorious.
After the sun set, we exited the park and thanked God we can visit NNP anytime and soak in it’s beauty anytime we like because it is so close – if they have reasonable officers at the gate.