Attractions In Amboseli National Park : Amboseli National Park Kenya known as the second visited national park on Kenya Wildlife Safaris. Its among the most visited park because it boosts with the highest concentration of elephant and it gives a rewardable view of the African tallest mountain ‘’Mount Kilimanjaro’’.
Amboseli National Park is famously known for being the best place in the world to get close to free- ranging elephants and having a great opportunity to meet Maasai and visit a Maasai village. The park also offers splendid views of magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest free-standing mountain in the world thus making it one of Kenya’s most popular parks.
The park is located in southern Kenya in Kajiado County, covering a driving distance of 365 kilometers southeast of Nairobi and can be easily accessed by either road or air transports.
Amboseli National Park covers an area of 39,206 hectares at the heart of 8,000 square kilometers ecosystem that expends across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The word Amboseli derives from Maasai word which means ‘’ Salty dust’’ in relation to the terrain in the park.
The park has got several gates that accesses tourists inside Amboseli include; Kelunyiet, IImeshanan gate, Iremito gate, Kitrua and Airstrip.
Amboseli National Park is one of the best places in Kenya ‘’East African Country’’ and the entire world where you can enjoy a great explore of free roaming elephants in their peaceful natural environment and rewardable scenic view of the ice capped mountain.
The park is one of the Kenya’s smallest game parks that sits on land raising about 392 square kilometers, that are habitat to wide range of animals compared to other Kenya National Parks. More so, the park’s land is comprised of wetlands that supports a huge number of wildlife and vegetation.
Amboseli National Park is also habitat range from the dried-up Lake Amboseli, the savannah, wetlands and woodland.
Park’s diversity along dry season, ensures rewardable viewing of the huge population of wildlife in their natural habitats.
Amboseli National Park is home to wide range of species spanning from the ‘’Big fives’’ giraffes, antelopes, leopards, hyenas, wildebeests, zebras, monkeys, crocodiles, peacocks, Ostriches many more.
Attractions to see in Amboseli National Park
Attractions In Amboseli National Park : Observation Hill
This is a pyramid shaped hill where visitor can have gainful view on its summit, allowing them to enjoy spectacular view of endless pains of the park, and viewing of the wildlife species in the park.
Although, visitors are advised to carry a pair of binoculars that allows you to have a closer view of wildlife linking for water from the numerous swamps from below the summit of the hill. It rewarding hill that attracts millions of tourists both local and international due to its impressive scenic nature.
Attractions In Amboseli National Park : Sinet delta
This attraction lies a few meters away from observation Hill in the park’s North Park. This is the best point to go for travelers who are more interested in birding while in Amboseli National Park. It is perfect area for birding and viewing of African highest peak ‘’ Mount Kilimanjaro’’,
Attractions In Amboseli National Park : Birdlife
Amboseli National Park is thoroughly birding paradise that boosts with over 420 species of birds and around 47 species are raptor. Note, birding is one of the most done activities in Amboseli and best-done during rainy season and the migratory bird species are present in the park from March to May and November. It is time birds are breeding. Some of bird list to sightsee in Amboseli include; Yellow-necked spurfowl, Grey crowned crane, Dusky turtle -Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Ring -necked Dove, Laughing Dove, Emerald-spotted wood-dove, Secretary birds, Heron, Long-toed lapwing, Rufous-bellied heron, Spike-heeled lark, Lesser flamingo, ostriches, Starlings, White-bellied go way bird, Crowned cranes, Pangani, Steel-blue whyday and other water birds include Pelicans, Crakes, Kingfishers, Hammertoes many more.
Attractions In Amboseli National Park : Animal Life
Amboseli National Park is a magical home for wildlife species though it most ranks the highest population of African elephants and other animals to see includes; lions, buffaloes, leopards, giraffes, gazelles, Topis, hyenas, dik dik, Oribis, foxes, hippos, kudu, African wild dogs, zebras, baboons, servant cat, Caracal, duikers, antelopes, jackal, cheetahs, fringed -eared, aardwolf, waterbuck, gerenuk all these can be seen roaming freely in the open wilderness of Amboseli.
Game viewing is best done all year around though more perfect during the dry season of the year which happens from June to October and December to February.
Attractions In Amboseli National Park : Game viewing
Game viewing is the most tourist attraction and most done activity in Amboseli. The park is home to more than 1000 animal species.
Game viewing is perfectly done at around 6:30am and in the evening when animals are gathering along the water banks quenching for thirsty.
Attractions In Amboseli National Park : Lake Amboseli
Before even Amboseli National Park being established as a national park in the area, Lake Amboseli has been existing for over million years and its where the park got its name from. The lake is a supporting water source to the park’s wildlife and a great cooling place for sun bathing ‘’elephants’’. Tourists can enjoy boat cruise from this lake, which is worth a visit out here.
Attractions In Amboseli National Park : Elephant Research Camp
Due to being a home to huge population of elephants, Amboseli National Park has become one of the world’s elephant research projects and all these are great effort of Doctor Cynthia Moss, who wrote about Amboseli Elephants and Elephants memories, whose books have impacted a lot Kenya’s tourism destination worldwide. Along, your research tour to Amboseli you will meet up with the researchers who will explain their good work and other things concerning about elephants’ conservation.
Attractions In Amboseli National Park : Amboseli’s vegetation
Amboseli National Park has got poor vegetation that attributes to its dryness on the leeward side of Mount Kilimanjaro and saline soils which does not support the vegetation growths. This is due to the largest population of elephants in the park which have cleared all the tree leaving bare ground.
Bush Breakfast and Dinner
This also acts as a tourist attraction in the park that attracts to visitors looking for peace and quiet place, it can be enjoyed in peaceful wilderness of Amboseli. It can be arranged by the professional chefs from the lodge.
Maasai Culture/Visiting local villages
This is a unique activity done through visiting the Maasai community which are close to the park. Through visiting them, you will enjoy amazing lifestyle of the Maasai people.
By road; From Nairobi to Meshanani gate take about 2:30 hours drive via Isinya and down the Magadi Road in Nairobi.
By Air; Flying to Amboseli National Park takes a traveler half an hour to land at Amboseli Airstrip. Scheduled flight to Amboseli can be booked from Wilson Airport.
Accommodations in Amboseli National Park
Amboseli has got excellent lodges both in and around the park ‘’lodges and camping ranging from Budget, Mid-range and Luxury.
Lodges in Amboseli includes; Oltukai lodge, Amboseli Serena lodge, Kimana lodge, Amboseli serena lodge, Amboseli Sopa lodge, Tortilis camp among others.
Campsites in Amboseli include; Leopard Tented camp, Cottar’s Tented camp, Kimbla Campsite, Olgulului, Public Campsite, Nairushari special, Kent Tented Camp, Abercrombie many more.
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