AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Lions? Leopards? And Chimps
- It’s one of the best spots in Africa for seeing great herds of free-ranging elephants
- The park sits at the foot of world-famous Mt. Kilimanjaro – the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world
- Amboseli teems with wildlife- lion, cheetah, wildebeest, Masai giraffe, zebra, buffalo and so much more
- The mighty tuskers parading before the towering snow-capped mountain are a photographer’s dream – it’s hard to take a bad photo at Amboseli
Under Amboseli’s Big Sky
The big sky and scattered brush here shelter a wonder of wildlife waiting to be discovered. You’ll find small mammals like jackal, hyena, fox, monkey, and baboon.
The park’s active marshes also offer sightings of kingfisher, egret, pelican, heron, and raptors – a total of 370 bird species.
And standing sentinel over it all, the massive form of Kilimanjaro rises through the clouds to over 5895 m (19,000 ft). Though partly obscured during the day it is not uncommon for the mist to disperse at dawn or dusk leaving stunning views of its snow-capped summit.
Home of the Maasai
At Amboseli, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the indigenous Maasai people in their local village. This can be a moving cultural encounter, learning how these ancient herders tend their livestock and live off the land. You may even get to experience their rituals and ceremonies and perhaps their traditional jumping dance.
Elephant Research Camp – The great numbers of elephants here present wonderful research opportunities. Located in the heart of the park, the camp continues to carry out the work of Dr. Cynthia Moss who studied the great pachyderms who became the subject of many books and documentaries.
Ol Okenya Swamp – You’re guaranteed to spot the free-ranging elephants of Amboseli as they are so plentiful. This is a favorite place to see them during the day foraging and enjoying the cool waters of Ol Okenya Swamp.
The Maasai People – Don’t miss visiting one of the several Maasai villages in the area. Your Africa Kenya Safari guide can easily arrange a visit to meet and learn about these pastoral people. You may even want to purchase some of their beaded work as a souvenir.
Observation Hill – This is a great spot to leave your safari Jeep and stretch your legs – you’ll be rewarded with scenic vistas of the park’s lakes, marshes, and plains… and the wildlife inhabiting them. Of course, the views of Mt. Kilimanjaro are equally captivating.
Sinet Delta – Amboseli is much more than just fabulous elephants. Head to this delta for the finest birdwatching in the area. Plus, you’ll find more photogenic views of Kilimanjaro to the south.
These reserve-based projects help the livelihoods of the nearby rural communities.
- Education for local students, including computer skills training
- Healthcare – providing medical supplies to the local health centers and mobile clinic
- Energy – providing hundreds of local families with energy-efficient stoves – reducing the need for firewood.
Ol Pejeta Eco-Facts
- Sanctuaries to protect endangered chimpanzees, oryx, hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra, and bat-eared fox
- Home to the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos
- The largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa – the rhino population has increased by over 100 in the last 25 years.
Survey: Amboseli Park
Amboseli is not one of Kenya’s larger parks but that just makes it easier to spot the wildlife with its greater concentration of species. The park is just 392 sq. km (151 sq. mi).
Location: Set on the Kenya/Tanzania border, the park resides in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south.
Climate: Daytime temperatures are about 280C/820F which makes for a mild to warm safari experience. The park tends to be on the drier side.
Best time to visit: The dry season (June – October) presents the best viewing as the brush is thinner and allows more visibility of the wildlife.
Operating Hours: Amboseli is open year-round from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, daily.
Getting there: The easiest way is to book a tour with Africa Kenya Safaris. We’ll take you there in style – a specially outfitted 4 x 4 Safari Jeep.
This is Amboseli National Park
This is the land of the Giants – great herds and magnificent vistas. And then there’s the grandeur of Mt. Kilimanjaro. An easy journey from Nairobi, come to Amboseli to discover its rich eco-systems and the colorful birds and wildlife that make this popular park their home.
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