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Amboseli National Park

Known for its large herd elephants, Amboseli National Park is located in south Kenya. The park is also known for its views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Across the border in Tanzania, the park has varied wildlife from giraffes, cheetahs and zebras to hundreds of bird species.   

 

Part of its charms is that the park is not large. It lies on 392 square kilometers (151 sq. miles). Being one of the best things to do in Kenya, its size makes the viewing easier and more interesting for visitors. 

About Amboseli National Park

 

Location

 

The park is located northwest of Mountain Kilimanjaro, on the Kenya/Tanzania borders. It is perfect for visitors who wish for a quick getaway, and is close to the beaches of Kenya coast. 

 

Climate

 

Generally, Amboseli National Reserve has dry and hot weather, except during the rainy season. The area has two rainy seasons: the long rains from April to May and the small rainy season from November to December. 

 

During the dry season the park becomes very arid. Consisting of volcanic ashes spilled from Mount Kilimanjaro, and with the absence of rains, dust is raised creating several reels. 

 

Sightseeing is a little difficult during the rainy season, because the park is wet everywhere, making the roads muddy and difficult to practice.

 

Although the park is open all year, the best time for sightseeing mammals is during the dry season with warm and dry days, from January to March.  

 

For birdwatching, the best time to visit is from November to January. It is when you can witness the residents, even birds migrating here during the palearctic winter.

 

Best time to visit

 

Best time to visit Amboseli National Park Kenya is during the dry season, from June to October. It is when the animals flock to the lakes and water holes, giving the opportunity to explore the park’s wildlife. 

 

Opening Hours

 

The park is open from 06:00 hrs. to 18:00 hrs, everyday.

 

Getting There

 

By road – you can book a tour with Natural World Kenya Safaris from Mombasa or Nairobi. Access from Mombasa is through Tsavo West National Park through the Kimana Gate.

Note: many of the park’s interior roads are unnavigable during the rainy season because the volcanic soil becomes too muddy.

 

By air – The park only features one air strip for light aircraft at the Empusel gate.

Wildlife in Amboseli

 

 Amboseli consists of over 80 different mammals, ranging from the tiny spectacled elephant shrew to the huge bulk of the African elephant. There are also over 400 bird species.

Things to do in Amboseli National Park

 

Wildlife viewing of the Elephants

 

All day long, it is easy to spot elephants roaming the plains. You can also watch them splashing and foraging in Ol Okenya Swamp, during much of the day.

 

Elephant Research Camp

 

The elephants are the main highlight that attracts tourists to Amboseli. They live a rich and protected life, but they are also keenly studied.

The camp is not open for casual visits, although a visit can be prior arranged.

 

Observation Hill

 

Situated in the west part of the park, it is one of the few spots in the park where you can get out of a safari vehicle and walk. Shaped like a pyramid, Observation Hill gives you an opportunity to see breathtaking views of Mt Kilimanjaro to the south, besides the great swamps to the east.

Sinet Delta

 

Relatively close to Observation Hill, Sinet Delta is a perfect spot for birdwatching. In addition, it offers a great view of giraffes foraging in the thicker brush, and a spectacular view of Kilimanjaro.

 

Cultural Tour

 

The Maasai community is the perfect place to witness the cultural side of Kenya. Their way of living is worth exploring, especially their traditional dances and clothes.