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Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park : name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. It is a popular park with breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The Maasai live around the park and other than their cattle; Amboseli is home to more than 50 species of mammal and over 400 species of bird. You can see elephants, hippo, cheetah, leopard and more. Over the years, the Maasai learned to live in perfect harmony with nature and the wild animals so here you can get to visit the local Maasai community and experience their authentic culture. Its closeness to the Tanzanian border as well as Kenya’s capital Nairobi makes Amboseli National Park a weekend getaway of choice for most visitors and game enthusiasts alike. The park also has a dried up lake bed that is occasionally subjected to flooding while the swamps and springs take their waters from Kilimanjaro’s melting snow. But despite its majestic scenery, the awesome display of wildlife is still the main attraction in the park. It has become a haven for photographers and documentaries as they join safari to get closer to nature and its wildlife. The park is most visited in June and October and it is 4 hours’ drive from Nairobi.
Activities in Amboseli National Park
The beautiful scene of the ice-capped Mount Kilimanjaro; which is the highest mountain in the African continent- provides the perfect backdrop for nature photography. The Hill allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants; Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowl like pelican; Egyptian goose; contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle; herds of elephants.
Game drives in the Amboseli also provide a truly refreshing encounter of watching the sunrise and sunset in exceptional hues of colour change over the horizons. Apart from elephants, a tourist can also sight other African wildlife like the lions, buffalos, rhinos, leopards, giraffes, antelopes, monkeys, spotted hyenas, ostriches, peacocks and baboons. The Amboseli is like a gigantic bowl of vast vegetation cover and numerous swamps that harbor wild animals of disparate species from the Big Five to unique birds such as, peacocks and spotty zebras.
The local communities living around the Amboseli national park are a unique ethnic group in East Africa. The Maasai community is known for its traditional culture that has not been affected by modernization of the African continent. They lead a tribal way of life, which is worth exploring especially their traditional dances and clothing.
Guided nature walk
A guided nature walk in Amboseli National Park is a great way for travelers to stretch their legs and experience Africa’s beauty on a more intimate level. The backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro the highest free standing mountain in the world makes the Amboseli the ideal jungle in Africa for nature photography, capture the giants of the Amboseli wandering tirelessly in search of pasture and water while trying to take a snapshot of the African cheetah hunting for prey.
How to get to Amboseli National Park
- By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi – Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate. The other road is from Nairobi via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
- By Air: The Park has a single airstrip for light aircrafts at Empusel gate. Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.
The park has got a lot of lodges, camps & hotels for accommodation ranging from luxury, budget and mid-range and these are available both inside and outside the park. You can book your accommodation through our company and early bookings are advised.
- Ol Tukai, Kibo Villa
- Amboseli Eco Camp
- Mwanga Campsite
Below are some of our short and long Kenya safaris to to different National Parks in Kenya.