AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Amboseli National Park

Details

Name: Amboseli National Park
Country: Kenya

Amboseli lies immediately north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The park covers 392 square km, and forms part of the much larger 3,000 square km Amboseli ecosystem. Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in the dry season, making Amboseli a popular safari park. It is surrounded by six communally owned group ranches.

The National Park embodies five main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland) and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin. Within the basin is a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, that floods during years of heavy rainfall. Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty – and the landscape is dominated by the towering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Wildlife

Amboseli has over 80 different mammals to be found ranging from tiny (and rarely seen) spectacled elephant shrew to the huge to the huge bulk of the African elephant. Few visitors will go home without superb elephant pictures with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. There are over 400 bird species.

Climatic conditions

The climate is mainly hot and dry. Amboseli is in the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. The maximum average temperature of the warmest month is 33 degrees Celsius during the day, while that of the coldest is 27-28 degrees Celsius. An annual rainfall of 300 mm per annum is distributed over two seasons: April/May and November/December. Recurrent droughts and potential evaporation of 2,200 mm per annum typifies the region.

Major Attractions

  • Mount Kilimanjaro; Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants
  • Take your own picture perfect photograph of an elephant with Kilimanjaro in the distance
  • Swamp below observation hosts many unafraid elephants, buffaloes, hippo & pelicans
  • Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle
  • Large herds of huge elephants

Location
On the border with Tanzania, Loitokitok District, South Kenya

Getting There

By Road: The main road is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi-Arusha Road, via Meshanani Gate. The other road is via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road. The road is tarmaced up to Emali and murram from Emali to Remito Gate (20 km). Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.

Best Time to Travel
All year round

Activities

  • Game viewing drives
  • Cultural Maasai village visits
  • ‘Sundowners' on Observation Hill,
  • Bush breakfasts and bush dinners
  • Maasai dance performances
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