Nairobi National park ivory burning site

Nairobi National park ivory burning site is located within the walking distance of Nagolomon reservoir on the north western end of Nairobi National Park’s main Langata Road gate. It is also on the higher ground than most areas east of here, making it agog view point. Nairobi National Park Ivory Burning Site is a historic location where the 12 tonnes of ivory were burnt by the former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi in 1989. Most of it was intercepted before entering the market, stored then burnt to show Kenya’s commitment to the conservation of the elephants, and zero tolerance to ivory trade.

Ivory was used again a few times with the last being in 2016 to burn 105 tonnes of ivory, 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn, exotic animal skin along  with other products such as sandalwood and the medical bark. Today the site bears a monument, ashes of the ivory, as well as a lawn with the benches and the toilets, that serves as a picnic site, the site’s location provides amazing views of the vast plains to the east.

Nairobi National park ivory burning site

The conservationists, governments, and non-governmental organizations that endorse the strategy argue that it fosters public support for the protection of the elephants and that it sends a message to poachers their work is futile, critics contend that the technique may increase poaching by creating a perception of scarcity that increases ivory’s value on the black market, and that evidence for the technique’s effectiveness is insufficient to justify the opportunity cost for countries struggling with poverty.

It was set with the record-setting burn is meant to send a message to the world that ivory has no value and that its trade should be banned to thrill while on Kenya Safaris Tours.

What to do at the Ivory Burning Site.

Visiting the monument and see the ashes for yourself, as these remained you how the former president discouraged the poaching of the elephants in Nairobi National Park to get ivory.


Picnicking activity is also done at the site as it has the bush functions or you just take some time off from your safari either way a pair of binoculars along with some food and the refreshments may come in hand.

Bird watching.

Bird watching activity is done at ivory burning site, the tourists have a significant tracking and beautiful bird species, and so the tourists can be having the binoculars while they are seeing a vast variety of the amazing elegant birds and even get a chance to photograph them.

Game viewing.

During you visit to the site , the tourists can be able to do game viewing as they can be able to get to track wild animals like the lion, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, zebra and many animal species.

Best time to visit the Nairobi National Park Ivory Burning Site.

The Ivory burning site is available and it is visited any time of the year which is annually.

Nairobi National park ivory burning site
Nairobi National park ivory burning site

How to get to the Nairobi National Park Ivory Burning Site.

It can be accessed into different ways that is the road train, and the air means of transport from Nairobi city up to the Ivory Burning Site.

By Road transport. From Nairobi city which is 30 minutes’ drive, by the vehicle only, a few minutes’ drive from the main gate of Nairobi National Park to the ivory burning site.

By Flight transport. You can get to the area near by using the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson airports from other countries or regions.

By train transport. There is a regional train station in Nairobi, though a vehicle would still be needed to venture into the park.

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