Ivory burning site of Nairobi national park, the ashes 2
A historic location where 12 tonnes of ivory were burnt by 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 elephants, and zero tolerance to ivory trade.
It was used again a few more 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 medicinal bark1.
Today the site bears a monument, ashes of the ivory, as well as a lawn with benches and toilets, that serves as a picnic site.
The site's location provides amazing views of the vast plains to the east.
What to do there?Visit the monument and see the ashes for yourself, game viewing and bird watching, whether the few who venture into the site or others in the plains.
Or go for a picnic, have bush functions or just take some time off from your safari — either way a pair of binoculars along with some food and refreshments may come in handy.
Best time to visitAny time of the year
Location of Ivory Burning Site
The Ivory burning site is within walking distance of Nagolomon reservoir, on the north western end of Nairobi national park.
It also is on higher ground than most areas east of here, making it a good view point.
You can get to the area nearby using JKIA and Wilson airports from other countries or regions.
There also is a regional train station in Nairobi, though a vehicle would still be needed to venture into the park.
References1. https://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/30/africa/kenya-ivory-burn/index.html - accessed on 26th January, 2018 2. By Ninara from Helsinki, Finland - _Y1A1048-2, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47029051 - accessed on 26th January, 2018