Amboseli National Park

Amboseli

Amboseli is a land of giants: the most impressive giant of all is Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain lies just over the border in Tanzania, but the most impressive views of its snowcapped peak are found in Amboseli. The early light of dawn turns the mountain a dark hue of purple, and its snows into an ethereal pink. The sight of Kilimanjaro high above herds of elephant (the other giants) crossing the plains of Amboseli is a timeless African image.

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Where is Amboseli?

It shares the national border with Tanzania, and stretches away into Kenya. Kilimanjaro (in Tanzania) is just across the border and presents the classic photo opportunities of wildlife infront of a Kili backdrop.

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Sunset: Kilimanjaro in the background

How big is the park?
392 Km²

Access to the park
Is dead easy. The main road between Nairobi and Mombasa has three gates at various points; the road from Nairobi down to Arush and the Tanzania border has a gate right on the border and there is another gate (obscure and little-used) on the east of the park, also on the Kenya/Tanzania border.

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Maasai warrior turned wildlife guide.

Habitats of Amboseli

The park is centred around a large hill, which provides panoramic views of the surrounding plains, often crossed by whirlwinds that send dust-devils into the sky. This is a place of wide dry plains, where the horizons stretch into the furthest distance and become one with the sky. Extensive acacia forests.

Animals of Amboseli

Amboseli is renowned for its mighty elephant populations, including some impressively tusked bulls, who are drawn to a series of large, lush swamplands. Large herds of wildebeest, zebra and impala graze on the open plains. There are areas of acacia forest which are good birding and which are also home to many small mammals. Cheetah are also often seen here.

Accommodation

Several campsites and many excellent lodges to choose between.

Park note

This area is home to many Maasai communities, who live around the perimeter of the Amboseli National Park. This open country is good walking territory and many camps and lodges organise game walks. It’s also possible to spend time in local Maasai villages and glimpse a very traditional way of life.