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 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 392kmē (151milesē) 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
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.
- 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.
Safari lodges and Camps in Amboseli National Park include