Amboseli is a breathtakingly beautiful wildlife park located at the foothills of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is a dry rolling savannah land with a network of swamps that sustain a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is most notable for the large herds of elephant that roam the park.
The dry-land impression visitors get is however deceptive since the park has a lot of underground water coming from kilimanjaro’s melting snow which is soaked up by porous layers of volcanic rocks. This water gathers in underground streams which then give rise to two springs at the heart of the park. The water tickles down to form marshes whose vegetation feeds a variety of habitats. With wildlife concentrated around these areas, the park is one of the best game viewing destinations in Kenya.
How to get to Amboseli
To travel to Amboseli by road you take a 240km journey from Nairobi via Namanga and use the Meshanani Gate. This is a four hour journey on a good all weather road. There is another road is from Nairobi via Emali that is about 228km.
If traveling by air there is an airstrip at Empusel gate. Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town also have airstrips. Air travel should take about 40 minutes.
Many tourist tour Amboseli for her abundance wildlife. Amboseli is known mostly for its elephants. They patrol the cast grasslands in huge herds stopping on the waterpoints along their routes. It’s common to find herds over 100 strong having a mud bath at a marsh.
Apart from the elephants you will findbuffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, impala and warthog. The predators include; lion, leopard, caracal, cheetah, jackal, hyena and serval cat.
There are also plenty of birds like pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers and many types of eagles.
- Stunning views with Kilimanjaro in the background
- Huge herds of free roaming Elephants
- Good variety of wildlife; lions, cheetah, hyena, buffalo are all here
- Concentrated wildlife. Spotting becomes very easy