Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary is one of the only very few forests in the world that exists within a city. Ngong road forest is six kilometers from Nairobi’s central business district, the forest is a precious resource for Kenya’s capital city. Ngong road forest is 1224 hectares, with two seasoned rivers, Mutuini and Ruara. The forest used to be a large continuous one starting all the way from Nairobi National Park to Ngong Hills.
The construction of the southern bypass has segmented the forest into five sections. Ngong Road Forest is in a unique position between the grasslands to the east and south and the cultivated lands to the north and west
Ngong Road Forest Birds
The forest is not a highland or lowland but in between, the soil in Nairobi is not very deep and the rainfall is not very high, so trees don’t grow big like in the tropical forest.
Nevertheless, this forest has many diverse species of trees and birds, it’s easy to walk through because there is not much undergrowth. A pair of African Crowned Eagle has nested and bred in the forest for quite a number of years, in the same tree and nest. Suni the smallest antelope is seen feeding on the undergrowth, other mammals in the forest include duikers, bushbucks, and the olive baboons
The birds of Ngong Forest Sanctuary include bird characteristics of the indigenous dry evergreen forest of Nairobi, birds of the surrounding grasslands and gardens, and water birds.
African, Grey, Mountain &Yellow Wagtail, Grassland& Tree Pipits, Yellow-throated Longclaw Slender-billed Greenbul, Cabanis’s &Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Common Bulbul, White-starred Robin, Cape & Ruppell’s Robin-Chats, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, Common Stonechat, Northern & Pied Wheatear, Olive Thrush, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Crimson rumped Waxbill, African Fish Eagle, White-headed Barbet, Grosbeak Weaver, Singing Cisticola, Augur Buzzard, African Citril. Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeons are seen in flocks during the cold season, Golden-tailed Woodpecker a species seen in the southern part of Kenya has been sighted in Ngong road forest Butterflies also occur in large numbers, especially after the rains
Yellow-bellied Greenbul, and Pennant-winged Nightjar have also been recorded in the forest
Day birdwatching tours or nature walks in Ngong road forest are recommended for everyone, They range from 1- 3 hours. But for birdwatching, it may take longer depending on your interests