Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is a park whose name is coined from a Maasai word meaning ‘salty dust’. It is one of the best places in Africa to view the big five. It is located at the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, making it the best place to see the iconic mountain. Amboseli National Park is located 240 km on the south eastern side of the capital Nairobi. This is approximately four hours’ drive from Nairobi. The drive through the Nairobi Mombasa road provides one with a typical view of the African Savannah. One also gets to see a few Maasai herdsmen herding their cattle. Another way to get to the park is via Nairobi-Arusha Road Passing By Namanga.
One can take a flight from Nairobi to Amboseli National park as the park has its own airstrip. Other lodges such as Kilimanjaro Buffalo lodge in the park also have their own private airstrips. Amboseli National Park is well known for its vast herds of large tusked elephants. These can be viewed up close. The herds can be spotted travelling and feeding in groups. The Amboseli National park is home to the bug five. Visitors also get to view other animals such as giraffes, zebras, mongoose, crocodiles, dik-dik and porcupines among others. Visitors are also able to view different species of birds at the park.
This is one of the major attractions of Amboseli National Park. Visitors to the park often take advantage of the opportunity and pose for photos with mountain Kilimanjaro at the background. This observation hill provides a whole view of the park. There is also a swamp at the foot of the hill which attracts many animals allowing visitors to enjoy the view of the animals as they drink. Lovers of nature can visit the Maasai community in their homes near the park. They get to experience their unique way of life and authentic lifestyle.
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