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An Insight on Amboseli National Park

Ever dreamt of going for a game drive so enthralling, and full of picturesque sceneries? Let us take you to the iconic Amboseli National Park, where you will get to enjoy a spectacular view of the Kilimanjaro, large elephant herds, different wildlife species such as giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and a wide array of bird species.

The Amboseli National park is located in Southern Kenya and covers an area of 392 square kilometers. It is one of Kenya’s most popular parks and it name comes from a Maasai word which means “salty dust”. It was declared a national reserve in 1968 and later became a national park in 1974. It has a blended topography of acacia woodlands, plains, swamps, rocky thorn bush and marshes.

Amboseli is one of the best places in Africa to view elephants and other wild animals at close range and is ideal for nature lovers to explore different habitats such as wetlands with accompanying Sulphur springs, savannah and woodlands and the dried up Lake Amboseli bed. Besides that, you may also get to visit and mingle with the local Maasai community that lives close by and experience a thing or two about their culture.

Key features

  • Wildlife: Elephants, Cheetahs, Buffalos, Zebras, Leopards, Impala, Wildebeest, Crocodiles, Giraffes, Lions, Dik-Dik and the Kudu.
  • Over 600 bird species including: African Skimmers, goshawks, red and yellow bishops, palm nut vultures and buffalo weavers, just to mention a few.
  • Maasai culture

Weather and climate in Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli region’s climate is hot and dry. This is because it is found in the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Its average temperatures vary slightly in the course of the year. Amboseli’s maximum average daily temperature is 33 degrees Celsius and its minimum average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius.

Drought is prevalent in this area due to the high temperatures and little annual rainfall of 300mm, which falls during the months of April, May, November and December.

How do you get there?
There are two ways to get there: by road and by air.

By road: The most popular route to access the park is through the Nairobi-Namanga route, on the Nairobi- Arusha road, via the Meshanani Gate. Another alternative route is from Nairobi through Emali on the Nairobi-Mombasa road, through Tsavo West National Park, through the Olkelunyiet Gate.

By air: Amboseli has an airstrip which allows for light chatered aircrafts at the Empusel gate. There are other airstrips nearby at Kilimanjaro Buffalo lodge and Namanga town. From there we can organize that our tour van picks you up into the park.

Main Attractions

  • The Big Five
  • Mt.Kilimanjaro
  • Observation Hill, which allows a good view of the entire park.
  • Birds (600 species)
  • Swamp with a variety of animal species such as water fowls, buffaloes , hippos and Egyptian goose.
  • Maasai culture

What to do at Amboseli

  • View or climb Mt.Kilimanjaro
  • Visit the observation hill. It gives a full overview of the entire park.
  • Meet the Maasai community and learn about their culture and lifestyle.
  • Bird watching.

Best time to visit Amboseli
The month of January, February and June through September are ideal months to visit Amboseli. April, May, November and December may not be very ideal due the rain which makes the roads impassable.

For bird watchers, the best time to view the migratory birds falls between October and January. The best time to view animals generally is early and late in the day, since most animals sleep during the day.

Accommodation
Do not worry about where you will spend the night as we make booking from a variety of accommodations in the park for our clients such as:

  • Kilima Safari Camp
  • Kimbo Villa Amboseli
  • Maasai Simba Camp
  • Oltukai Lodge Amboseli
  • AA Lodge Amboseli
  • Kibo Safari Camp
  • WE 4 Kenya Camp
  • Satao Elerai
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