Over 15K Citizens Flock National Park After Balala's Directive

  • A photo collage of Tourism CS Najib Balala and a pride of lions Twitter
  • Over 15,000 Kenyans flocked Nairobi National Park on Sunday after Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala waived the entry fees. 

    A break down of visitors by the Kenya Wildlife Service indicated that 3,471 toured the park's savannah and grassland area that is inhabited by the Big Five. 

     7,559 others visited the park's orphanage while 5,688 chose to spend their day at the park's Safari Walk. 

    Visitors trickling into Nairobi National Park

    KWS thanked the thousands of citizens that trickled into the only national park in the world located within a city. 

    Visitors trickling into Nairobi National Park

    "We hope to see you again soon and in other National Parks countrywide. Let's all take pride and joy in our wildlife heritage and learn how to conserve and preserve our wild spaces," read a statement from KWS. 

    Those who missed out on the weekend opportunity were urged to make plans over Easter Holiday. 

    From April 19 to 22, KWS will be offering tours to the National Park at a discounted price. 

    Those who wish to seize the opportunity will be able to board the KWS bus at Kencom (CBD) or Maasai Mall (Rongai)

    The bus will be leaving the designated pick up points every 9am and 2pm. 

    Over the weekend, CS Balala and KWS Director General Brigadier John Waweru had led a march in support of wildlife that began at the National Museums of Kenya.

    The initiative dubbed Global March was started to condemn the killing and trade of elephants and rhinos. 

    The CS explained that the walk was necessary to inspire younger people to take up action against poaching.

    Watch the video below.