together with Impala observation point, the kingfisher site is one of the bigger picnic/resting places in Nairobi NP. The big fig trees provide shade on a hot day, and quite often some local eagles take a short rest on them, too. Although the site is popular with bigger groups (school trips etc), animals don´t shy away from it. I have seen antelopes and zebras almost every time I stopped there, and occasionally almost too closeby a herd of buffaloes (you don´t want to get on the wrong side of a buffalo!)
the observation point - conveniently equipped with a picknick and barbecue site that is very popular on weekends - offers one of the most beautiful views over the savannah parts of Nairobi national park. After a rather steep hilldrive you reach a plateau overlooking the vast open plains. Usually you do not see too many animals closeby, but as far as panorama goes, it is a great spot.
The Mokoiyet gorge in the Southeastern part of the park is a bit of a green heart of the park. With the river running through the gorge, there is water and dense shrubbery all year round. In times of drought even the local Massai bring their cattle here, though law prohibits it. The gorge can be overlooked from the leopard cliffs, the Mokoiyet view point and the adjoining picknick site with several thatch-roofed constructions offering shelter from rain or sun.
As Nairobi NP covers a relatively small area, you can easily interrupt a game drive for a picknick at one of the picknick and sightseeing sites in the park. There are more such places than in bigger parks like Massai Mara or Tsavo, and you can get out of the car and stretch your feet a bit. with a bit of luck luck you can spot zebras, antelopes or giraffes nearby while munching a sandwich or sipping a cold Tusker. At some of the picknick sites you can even have a barbecue if you bring along charcoal and food, and on weekends these places are quite popular with extended kenyan families, so if you want more privacy, go on a weekday
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a small, flexible charity, established in 1977 to honour to memory of a famous Naturalist, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, where he served from its inception in 1948 until his transfer to Nairobi in 1976 to head the Planning Unit of the newly created Wildlife Conservation & Management Department. David died 6 months later but his legacy of excellence and the systems he installed for the management of Tsavo and wildlife generally in Kenya, particularly in the sphere of wildlife husbandry and ethics, lives on.
Giraffes are one of the most intersting animals to see on safari; and they are easy to spot too. We must have seen close to fifty in several different groups as when drove through the park.