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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is found in Kajiando district in Kenya province and it surrounds Tanzania in the south, Amboseli is derived from ‘’Maasai’ which means wide plains and the park falls under the management of Kenya Wildlife Service. Amboseli National Park is the best location for photographing the majestic beauty of the landscape, which is dominated by Mount Kilimanjaro, and its renowned big game safari experience. The park is surrounded by locals known as the nomadic Maasai, and it has a total land area of about 392 square kilometres. Amboseli was set aside as the southern Reserve for the Maasai in 1906, it should be noted that the park has been a reserve since 1948 and later in 1974 was gazetted as a national park to protect the core of this unique ecosystem and later declared as a UNESCO site in 1991.

Amboseli National Park attractions. 

Animal species.

Elephants are the most notable animals in the park, and they have been observed to spend the majority of their morning and evening hours in the Ol Kenya swamp, which is partially submerged. Ol Tukai is characterized by the doum palm trees and among others, and this is where the elephants are known to spend their morning and evening hours. Amboseli National Park is the most amazing park that one should not miss out on during the safari in Kenya.  Amboseli National Park is renowned for its vast herds of African elephants and is one of the best national parks in Kenya and all of East Africa. Cheetah, rhinos, buffalos, leopards, lions, wild dogs, giraffe, zebra, crocodile, mongoose, hyrax, dik-dik, lesser kudu, nocturnal porcupine, and many other animal species can also be found in Amboseli National Park.

Bird species.

With over 420 different bird species, Amboseli National Park is a great place to go on a birding safari in Kenya. The swamps in the park are great for water-associated birds like egrets, herons, pelicans, and crowned cranes. A large number of flamingos may be present during the wet seasons (March to May and October to December). Some of other bird species to be found in the park includes African Swamphen, Eurasian thick-knee, Rufous chatterer, Long-toed lapwing, Steel-blue whydah, Pangani longclaw, Taveta golden weaver, Yellow-necked spurfowl, Spike-heeled lark and among others.


The western portion of Amboseli National Park is home to a series of seasonal lakes that were once part of an ancient Pleistocene lake. These lakes are usually filled with water during the rainy season. Lake Amboseli, Lake Conch, Lake Simek, and Lake Kioko are among the lakes. Lakes in the park are the ideal places for bird watching safaris, especially water birds, and for wildlife viewing as animals frequent the lakes to drink water. These lakes’ shores are characterized by swamps with thick papyrus, making them residents for acquatic bird species in Amboseli National Park.

Elephant Research camp. 

The elephants of Amboseli National Park are among the most studied in the world, and the research camp is still in use in the park’s interior under the direction of Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Although the camp is not open to casual visitors, it is possible to arrange a one-hour lecture there with advance notice, during which the researchers will discuss their work and other pertinent matters of elephant conservation and will allow time for questions at the end. Research on elephants is being done in Africa, and coming to Amboseli National Park is a wonderful chance to learn more about these intelligent animals.

Mount Kilimanjaro.

 Amboseli National Park is blessed with a picturesque backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in Africa at 5,895 metres above sea level. The mountain features a snowcapped summit dominating the landscape and is ideal for photography of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Observation Hill. 

Every visitor to Amboseli National Park should stop and take a look at the observation hill, which is a pyramid-shaped hill located in the park’s western area and draws in more visitors than any other feature. It is believed to have formed during the formation of Mount Kilimanjaro and to have been the result of Pleistocene activity. As the observation hill has a staircase made of volcanic rocks that tourists use to ascend to the hill’s summit, also known as the observation point, it is a location in the park where visitors on a Kenya game viewing safari are allowed to park their safari vehicles and take a stroll.

Activities done in Amboseli National Park. 

Game drive. 

The most emotional part of an African safari is a game drive through Amboseli National Park, which is a true off-the-beaten-path safari activity that can be experienced amid open savannah grassland and acacia trees in an open-air safari vehicle with an armed guide. The morning game drives in Amboseli National Park run from 6:30 am to 11:30 am, and the afternoon drives run from 2 pm to 6:30 pm. During the day, you can see a lot of animals quenching their thirst on the banks of the water, and during the night game drives, tourists can see nocturnal animal species like hyenas, aardwolves, and many others. The tourists can witness buffalo, rhinos, lions, baboons, leopards, zebras, hippopotamuses, Thomson’s Grant gazelles, waterbucks, and many other animals when carrying out game drive safari in Amboseli National Park.

Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park

Birding watching. 

Bird watching safari in Amboseli national park offers the birders a chance of walking through vegetation or drive through the park in the guidance of a bird guide to spot bird species. The park is a home of over 420 bird species including the Spike-heeled heron, Egptian goose, herons, pelicans, African jacana, Northern Pintail, Lesser flamingo, Long-toed lapwing, Steel-blue whydah, Common Quail, Kori Bustard, Pied Cuckoo, African Rail, African Snipe, African Skimmer, African Open bill, White Stork, Great Cormorant, Hamerkop and many others. From November through April is the best period for bird watching safari in the park.

Guided nature walks.

The best time to go on guided nature walks in Amboseli National Park is in the late afternoon. These excursions take you through a variety of habitats, including grasslands and swamplands, which are home to a wide variety of wildlife. Visitors can participate on foot, and it’s the best way to discover the park’s hidden gems while relishing the wonderful opportunity to get closer to nature and provides exceptional photographic opportunities along the way.

Hot air balloon.

Daily hot air balloon safaris take place over Kenya’s impressive park Amboseli National Park, which shares a border with Tanzania. The full safari lasts 3 and a half hours. This satisfying safari is undertaken in the early morning, and it is fantastic rewarding aerial viewing of the elephants, buffaloes, bird species, Mount Kilimanjaro and many more. Orange flames dance as they light up the chilly crisp Amboseli dawn, filling the balloon with hot air.

Cultural tours.

Maasai community surrounds Amboseli National Park. During your safari to the park, you may have the opportunity to visit the Maasai people in the afternoon and learn about their way of life, clothing, and participating in reforestation by planting seeds with them. You can also enjoy their traditional dances as they jump up and down as you join them.

In Amboseli National Park, these are the night cultural dances, especially when you’re sitting around the campfire and watching the Maasai tribe perform their traditional dances while sipping on some drinks.

Best time to visit Amboseli National Park. 

Amboseli national park is at its greatest in the dry season from June to October and December to February when the roads have excellent in circumstances and is the best time to see wildlife in the park, with little rain falling wildlife retreats to the park’s swamps where underground water from Kilimanjaro wells up permanently year around. The greatest time to go on a birding safari is during rainy season, which runs from April to June and November to December, when migratory birds are arriving in the park.

Accommodations in the Amboseli National Park. 

Amboseli national park offers the most wonderful relaxed beddings to the tourists during their visit to the park as they are arranged in Budget, Mid-range, luxury as they include Amboseli Serena Safari lodge, AA Amboseli lodge, Oltukkai lodge, Kibo Villa-Amboseli, Selenkay Adventure camp, Amboseli sopa lodge, Kilima Safari camp and many more.

How to get to Amboseli National park.

Air and road transport are both options for getting to Amboseli National Park from Nairobi.

By Road transport.

 Using the Namanga route and passing through Meshanini gate, you may reach Amboseli National Park from Nairobi in just 4 hours and 240 kilometres. Another option is to take the 228-kilometer Mombasa Road, which takes three hours and travels from Nairobi to Emali.

By Air transport.

Domestic flights from Nairobi go to Amboseli airstrip, which is 30 minutes away from the Amboseli National Park. These flights are referred to as charter or scheduled flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport and Moi Airport Mombasa. Contact the reliable tour company like Primate Holidays for additional information about reservations, travel, accommodation, and Kenya tour packages.

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