Amboseli National Park is the second most popular animal park after Maasai Mara, located on the border of Tanzania magnificently situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is 392 square Kilometer in size at the core of an 8,000 square Kilometer ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.
Its signature attraction is the sight of hundreds of big-tusked elephants set against the backdrop of Africa’s best views of Mt Kilimanjaro- the highest free standing mountain in the world, and the highest peak on the African continent. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust” This is the place where the horizons stretch into the furthest distance and become one with the sky. It is the way… one imagines and pictures “Africa”
It 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. It also has a dry Pleistocene lake basin that houses a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, after the rains.
Amboseli has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap, which funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park.
What to see in Amboseli national park
The main purpose of a wildlife safari is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural state. You will have a chance to see predators and prey live harmoniously together-birds perched within the reach of predators, or gazelles grazing near big cats. Predators generally only kill to eat, and for the rest of the time both live together in harmony.
Amboseli National Park is known for its large herd of over 900 free-ranging elephants. This is the best national park to visit to see these wonderful and huge creatures.
In addition to the elephants, you are sure to see the zebra, gnu, hippopotamus, buffalo, spotted hyena, waterbuck, maasai giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, impala, lion and cheetah. There is also a rare presence of the gerenuk and the fringed-eared oryx in the arid northern part of the park. Most mammals stay around the swamps during the day and move towards the hilly countryside (southern section) before night. The birdlife is also abundant as about 450 species of birds have been recorded in the park
KILIMANJARO BEST SPOT:
Amboseli is the perfect spot to view the highest free-standing mountain in the world-the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. Get some pictures of elephants grazing fresh grass from the swamps in front of the mount Kilimanjaro though you will need to wake up early (not later than 7 am) as Kilimanjaro becomes a mass of clouds after 10 am (even if the sky is blue and unclouded)
OBSERVATORY HILL :
Located at the southern part of the park (a few kilometers after the airstrip, near the “Sinuet” causeway), this small hill was used in the past by K.W.S. Rangers to fight poachers offers an impressive 360° panoramic view over the park and the moutains surrounding the park: the Ol Doinyo Orok near Namanga, Mt Longido and Mt Meru both in Tanzania. It is the only place where you are allowed to go out of your vehicle and have a short and pleasant walk. At the top of the hill, you’ll easily catch the contrast of vegetation, locate wildlife and swampy areas.
LAKE AMBOSELI :
This flat and dry area was 10’000 years ago a large and permanent lake of 40 meters deep. The whole lake dried up and is today a small seasonal lake existing only after heavy and prolonged rains. Most of the dry-lake bed is covered by alkaline white ashes, remains of the eruption of the Kili (Kilimanjaro) a few thousands of years ago. Ashes are responsible of the constant dust in the park, the growing salinity of the soil and the destruction of woodlands!
ENKONGO NAROK / OL TUKAI / OLOKENYA SWAMPS :
Swamps are oasis in arid and dry surroundings and are the finest areas of the park, as they offer a wide variety of habitats for mammals and birds (e.g. large pools for hippopotamus, elephants and buffalos and small pools for antelopes, zebras, waterbuck and gnus) and many fresh grasses and aquatic plants. The swamps are the life-blood of Amboseli. The presence of swamps is due to the streams running down from the Mt Kilimanjaro towards Amboseli plains. All streams are underground; there are no permanent rivers around the park.
The Amboseli territory belongs to the land of the Masai-the legendary tribe of nomad warriors and shepherds that feed on a mixture of blood and milk. They still live today in the reserve surrounding the park the way they always have, grazing their herds on the plains, and continually moving their households – searching for the best pastures. Restricted today by encroachment of their territories, the Masai people build their homes using wooden sticks and poles plastered with cow manure. With their long and slender bodies, their coloured clothes, and their plated and red-stained hair, the Masai make for exceptional photographs.
Accommodation in and around Amboseli park
Safari lodges include Oltukai Lodge, Amboseli Serena Lodge, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Kimana Lodge, and Tortilis
Campsites facilities include Nairushari Special, Olgulului Public Campsite, Abercrombie and Kent Tented Camp, Ker and Downy Tented Camp, Chyulu Tented Camp, Kimbla Campsite, Cottar’s Tented Camp, Leopard Tented Camp and Tortilis Tented Camp.
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