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 MountKilimanjaro, making it the best place to see the iconic mountain.
How to get there
By Road : 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
By Air : 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.
What to expect
Vast herds of the African elephants : 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 big five: The Amboseli National park is home to the bug five. Visitors also get to view other animals such as giraffes, zebras, mongoose, crocodiles, dik-dikand porcupines among others. Visitors are also able to view different species of birds at the park.
Mt Kilimanjaro: This is one of the major attractions of Amboseli National Park. Visitorsto the park often take advantage of the opportunity and pose for photos with mountain Kilimanjaro at the background.
An observation hill at the park: 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.
Unique Maasai culture : 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.
The park have different lodges and camps that can accommodate visitors. Some of them include; Amboseli Serena lodge, Tawi lodge, Kilima camp, Sentrim camp among others. The park also has a KWS self-catering accommodation which is also ideal for visitors.
What This Park Is Famous
- The big five. A visit to Amboseli National Park assures one of seeing all the big five animals.
- Easy game viewing due to its open landscape nature which has made it famous for photography.
- Self-safaris or guided safaris which can be in form of walk safaris, game drives.One can also enjoy hot air ballooning from private conservationists at the park.
One can get to interact and observe the Maasai unique culture and way of life