Amboseli National Park
The National Park embodies five main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn
country, swamps and marshland) and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry. Located about a
four-hour drive (240 km or 150 miles) southeast of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is well known for
herds of big tusked elephants. Amboseli is synonymous with two particular things – majestic herds of
elephant and glorious views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania also for its big game and
great scenic beauty.
Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in the dry season, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination. It is surrounded by six communally owned group ranches.
Observation Hill which 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
Amboseli has over 80 different mammals to be found ranging from the tiny (and rarely seen) spectacled elephant shrew 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.
Where to stay
Amboseli has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and interests. There are very basic
campsites where one can pitch a tent and sleep under canvas in the wild, well appointed safari lodges,
luxury tented camps with large, fully furnished tents, small private camps for your exclusive use and
much, much, more.
Kenya’s second most popular national park after the Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli was declared a UNESCO-Mab Biosphere Reserve in 1991. During heavy rains, the basin at the centre of the park floods, attracting hordes of wildlife. The reserve is an excellent place to view the Big Five, as well as lesser known and rarer wildlife species.
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