COMPLETE GUIDE TO AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Complete Guide To Amboseli National Park : Amboseli national park  is an incredible Kenya national park located in Southern Kenya in Kajiado County, the park covers an area of 392 square kilometers and is crowned by the snow capped summit of Mountain Kilimanjaro the tallest mountain on the African continent. The park spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border and is dominated by wide-open areas of savannah grassland, tangled acacia forests and the dried –up bed of Lake Amboseli.

The name Amboseli comes from the Maasai word “Empusel” meaning salty, dusty place.

The snow capped peak of Mountain Kilimanjaro creates a spectacular backdrop for safari photography, the snow melting from the mountain feed the unique swamp system in the park is a year round reliable source of water in the area which is characterized of low rainfall. These swamps are good sites for spotting wildlife and birdlife making Amboseli national park the second-most popular national park for wildlife viewing and one of the best places to see wildlife elephants in Africa.

Things to Do in Amboseli national park

The main tourist attraction in Amboseli national park are the large herds of elephants – the largest terrestrial animals on the planet, herds are often over 100 individuals consisting of wise old matriarchs to tiny calves still covered in coarse orange fuzz.

Amboseli national park is dominated by sparse vegetation which makes the spotting of elephants easy, these giants are referred to as Amboseli’s iconic tuskers and this is because of their tusks which grow to extra-ordinary lengths. Amboseli national park hosts the World-famous Amboseli Trust for Elephants, this trust has been studying the herds of elephants since 1972.

In addition to elephants, Amboseli national park is a home to buffaloes, lions, buffaloes, antelopes ranging from impala and Thomson’s gazelles to wildebeests, Grant’s zebra and endangered Maasai giraffe. There are also rarer carnivores such as the cheetah and spotted hyena making Amboseli a great place for predator sightings.

Amboseli national park is a great birding place in Kenya with more than 400 different avian species including 47 different types of raptors. Birds in Amboseli national park include African swamphen, Common redshank, Dickinson’s kestrel, Eurasian thick-knee, Greater flamingo, Hartlaub’s bustard, Lesser flamingo, Long-toed lapwing, Pangani longclaw, Rufous chatterer, Rufous-bellied heron, Spike-heeled lark, Steel-blue whydah, Taveta golden weaver, Von der Decken’s hornbill, Yellow-necked spurfowl among others

Amboseli national park hosts an incredible human history which can be experienced by visiting the Maasai villages situated along the borders of the park

SAFARI IN AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Game viewing is the main Kenya safari activity to do in Amboseli national park, this activity can be done in two options that are guided game drives or self drive game drives.

Guided game drives are arranged by tour operators and in this case Wildlife Kenya Safaris (info@wildlifekenyasafaris.com) is your best option. Whereas self drives are done by an individual in their own vehicle.

Birding safaris or specialist birding safaris in Amboseli national park are another incredible safari activity to do in Amboseli national park. This activity is perfect for individuals interested in Amboseli’s birdlife and is done either in a vehicle or on foot including lesser flamingoes, lesser kestrel, blue-cheeked bee-eater, and endangered Malagasy pond heron among others.

Complete Guide To Amboseli National Park
Birding in Amboseli

WHERE TO STAY IN AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Amboseli national park has a wide range of accommodation options to suit the budget of each and every traveler, these accommodations are categorized as budget, midrange and budget. Self- catering bandas are the most affordable accommodation in Amboseli national park, these bandas are operated by the Kenya Wildlife Services, for tourists in need of a more luxurious stay consider staying in one of the private lodges in the park.

These accommodations include

  • Ol Tukai Lodge
  • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
  • Kilimanjaro Guest House
  • Simba Cottages
  • Chui Cottages
  • Tortilis Camp
  • Tawi Lodge
  • AA Amboseli Lodge

HOW TO GET TO AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

The easiest way to get to Amboseli national park is by flying into Amboseli Airstrip, chartered scheduled domestic flights are offered by several airlines such as Fly540, Mombasa Air Safari, and Safarilink Aviation from Wilson Airport. From Wilson airport, it is a flight of about 40 minutes to Amboseli airstrip, some safari lodges in Amboseli national park has own private airstrips.

If you are travelling by road to Amboseli national park from Nairobi city, you have two options. You can use the A104 south to Namanga then go east on the C103 until you reach Meshanani Gate around 150 miles. You can also take the  A109 Southeast to Emali before heading south on the C102 to Iremito Gate (134 miles).

Complete Guide To Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park

TIPS FOR VISITING AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

As a tourist, here are the few tips to enjoy your safari experience in Amboseli national park with the Complete Guide To Amboseli National Park

  • Amboseli national park is open every day from 6: 00 am to 7:00 pm including public holidays
  • Amboseli national park is situated close to the equator which means the park experiences a very little change in annual temperature, it is typically hot in Amboseli with temperatures between 80 – 86 degrees F  (27–30 degrees C). In Amboseli national park, temperatures dramatically drop at night and because of this you should bring warm clothing for evening and early morning game drives.
  • Amboseli national park experiences two rainy seasons that are long rains experienced from March to May and the short rains from November to December
  • The best time to visit Amboseli national park is during the long dry season experienced from June to September, in this time animals congregate around the park’s water sources and they are easy to be seen as they drink water and bath in the mud.
  • Visiting Amboseli national park in the rainy season is not mostly recommended but it has its advantages, in this season accommodations are cheaper and the landscape is lusher with green vegetation. Mountain Kilimanjaro and its snow capped summit is more visible and various species of birds flock Lake Amboseli.
  • Single – Use plastics are banned within all Kenyan national parks and conservation areas including Amboseli national park
  • Before visiting Amboseli as a tourist, make it a point to talk to your doctor about anti-malaria pills and any other vaccinations you may require for a safe travel to Kenya.
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