Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is on the border with Kenya's neighboring country, Tanzania and located under the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli offers great opportunities to view wildlife owing to it's flat open plains. Amboseli National Park is one of the most-visited safari parks in Kenya.
Amboseli National Park History and Overview
Amboseli was declared a national reserve in 1968. It became a national park in 1974 and in 2005, Amboseli was pt under the control of the Olkejiado County Council and its residents, the Masai tribe. This is still being contested in the courts because of its implications on other Kenya national parks.
Amboseli National Park covers 392km² (151miles²) and has a mixed topography of plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush, swamps and marshes. This diversity, along with a long dry season, ensures excellent viewing of the large concentrations of African animals living in this natural habitat.
Wildlife/Game Viewing safari in Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals while on Safari because its vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. Amboseli National Park is home to huge herds of the African elephant, buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, hyena, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest among other African animals. There is also a host of Kenya birds, both large and small, to see if you keep your eyes open and stop at every sighting.
Amboseli National Park is hot and dry. The national park is in the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, as it lies on the northwest side. Average daily temperature is 27°C and the maximum is 33°C. Drought is typical in this area, and evaporation is high. A total annual rainfall of just 300mm is expected during April and May, and again during November and December.
How to Get to Amboseli National Park
- You can get to Amboseli by Road or air; from Nairobi to Namanga (240km/149 miles) onto Amboseli through the Meshanani Gate.
- From Mombasa through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
- Other Amboseli National Park gates include Kelunyiet, Iremito, Ilmeshanan, Kitrua.
- You can get to Amboseli by by Air from either Mombasa or Nairobi: A chartered light aircraft may land at the Empusel Gate airstrip, Namanga and Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge.
Accommodation In Amboseli National Park
Some of the Safari lodges and Camps that Arlom Kenya Safaris recommend for Amboseli National Park Safaris include
- Ol Tukai Lodge,
- Amboseli Serena Lodge,
- Amboseli Sopa Lodge,
- Kibo Safari Camp,
- Sentrim Amboseli Lodge