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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park(Kenya)

Welcome to Amboseli National Park, where untamed beauty meets thrilling safari adventures. Nestled in the heart of Kenya, this unique destination will transport you to a world of awe-inspiring landscapes and captivating wildlife encounters.

Amboseli is situated in Rift valley in a district called Loitoktok.One unique feature about Amboseli is its underground supply of water filtered through thousand feet of the volcanic rock of Mount Kilimanjaro cap.

Amboseli is approximated to be about 39,200 hectars, spreading between Kenya & Tanzania.Some of the wildlife available at Amboseli includes Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine alongside over 600 species of birds.

 

Unique Activities at Amboseli National Park

Serengeti National Park

Amboseli National Park boasts of the largest number of elephants in the park that can openly be seen in the open plains.One of the common activities include game drives,birds watching,Nature walk safaris as well as visit to the Masai village.Guided nature walk can be done around the park with availability of experienced guide.Other activities includes hot air baloon which gives a tantalizing views of the plains and mount Kilimanjaro.This is normally done in the morning before sunrise.If you are into the cultural affair,you can visit the masai village for cultural dances while getting to know better about their culture and traditions.

Faqs

Find out some of the Frequently Asked Questions about Amboseli National Park

Where is Amboseli National Park?

Amboseli is located in Kenya’s Kajiado County in the south-central part of the country. Kilimanjaro descends and forms the Great Rift Valley in the west, and Nairobi is almost directly north of it. If your safari includes transportation to and from Nairobi, then this could easily be a stop for a night or two. It takes half the amount of time to get to Amboseli instead of the Maasai Mara and has much of the same animals!

How do you reach Amboseli National Park?

Most people arrive at the park via driving on safari. Amboseli is one of the best safari parks in Kenya – so if you’re working with a tour company be sure that they visit this one. Sunworld Safaris, the company we used, already included it in the itinerary so I had nothing to worry about.

How big is Amboseli?

Relatively speaking, Amboseli is quite small. It’s only 392 square kilometers (about 150 square miles). For comparison, the Serengeti National Park is 14,763 square kilometers (5,700 square miles).

What are the essentials that I need for Amboseli?

Amboseli is really close to the equator, meaning the annual temperature doesn’t really change. It’s typically hot, with temperatures ranging between 80-85 degrees F (27-30 degrees C). Keep this in mind when you’re packing! Sunglasses, warm clothing (game drives take place usually at sunrise and sunset so it can be chilly), a zoom lens for your camera (I used the 300m lens the most and let the others in my group use their smaller lenses).

What makes Amboseli unique?

Amboseli rests at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro – the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest summit in Africa. The impressive mountain stands tall making even the elephants look tiny. It also has the most condensed population of elephants in Kenya. The sheer quantity of elephants here is enough to make your jaw drop. These elephants are the most studied in all of Africa. The Amboseli Trust for Elephants have been researching these elephants for over 40 years and are the leading expert in elephants. The Maasai people and culture are alive and well in Amboseli and you can get an up-close look at their lifestyle. Amboseli also has a fresh underground water supply from the feet of the Kilimanjaro ice cap. Two clear springs have formed at the heart of the park. There is an observation hill with patio furniture which is perfect for a snack. You can see the beautiful landscape for miles and even see Lake Amboseli and Mount Kilimanjaro. We were able to have lunch with hippos relaxing in the marshland nearby!

What is the environment like in Amboseli?

For being such a small park, Amboseli National Park is profoundly biodiverse. The park has a lake basin, known as Lake Amboseli. It also has five different wildlife habitats – swaps, open plains, acacia woodland, marshland, and rocky thorn bush.

When is the best time to visit Amboseli National Park?

The only time you really do not want to visit is during the rainy season – April May, November, and December. I would recommend visiting January, February or June- September. The dry season is the best because herbivores gather near the few watering holes making spotting them easy. The carnivores also go to the watering holes in search of prey. Less watering holes means a greater chance of seeing both hunter and prey.
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