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Amboseli National Park Attractions/ Amboseli National Reserve , Activities, Accommodation Lodges, Hotels

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Edited date: 18 Oct 2019 12:51:45 +0300

Amboseli National Park/Amboseli National Reserve


Kajiando district 238 Km from Nairobi. Amboseli National Reserve (Amboseli National Park) borders Tanzania to the south.The name Amboseli comes from the Maasai place name, Empusel, meaning open plain. Amboseli National park is managed by KWS (Kenya Wildlife service) on behalf of the central government. The local people around the park are the nomadic Maasai.The Maasai way of life is compatible with wildlife conservation. Most of the conservation areas in Kenya are located in Maasai Reserves. A visit to Amboseli is not complete without visiting the Maasai homesteads. Area: 392 Km˛Established: Amboseli National Park was gazetted in 1974 but in 2005 the park management reverted to Okejiando County council, thus the name changed to once more to Amboseli National Reserve. It had been a reserve since 1948. It is the best place to photograph the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro (5985M). The reserve 11pt" is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty - the landscape is dominated by MT Kilimanjaro.

Getting to Amboseli National Park/Reserve

Amboseli attracts visitors from all over the world. Amboseli National park can be accessed by road or air. Though a majority of the visitors are in organized groups, private individuals can visit the park without any fear. International visitors mostly arrive at either Nairobi, Mombasa or Kilimanjaro Airports where they are picked by tour operator or private cars and driven to the park.It is possible to hire private cars from Nairobi, Mombasa or Kilimanjaro airports and drive into the park. To visit the park you need a car. The road distance from Nairobi varies. Driving from Nairobi: Nairobi to Namanga (240 km tarmac) on the Nairobi - Namanga Road, via Meshanani Gate (75km). Nairobito Emali (228 km tarmac) on the Nairobi - Mombasa Road, via Remito Gate (64 km)

  • Mombasa through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
  • Flying to Amboseli National Park The Amboseli National Reserve has an airstrip at Empusel gate.Others are Kilimanjaro Buffalo lodge, Kimana and Namanga town. Flights to Amboseli National park originates from Nairobis Wilson Airport and Moi Airport Mombasa. Charter flights are available from Nairobi Wilson Airport.

    Safaris / Tours to Amboseli National Park

    At Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, we do organize custom or tailor make tours for our clients to Amboseli National Park perse or in combination of other national parks within like Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara and across the border, Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Arusha and Tarangire from Nairobi,Mombasa or Kilimanjaro.
    OurWildlife safaris can last from one to several days depending on the guest request. A good safari will include visits to nearby national parks of Tsavo West, Tsavo West and the nearby Chyulu Hills. Note that the park is also surrounded by group ranches which offer an alternative destination. A popular package is the 12 days Nairobi-Masai Mara-Serengeti-Ngorongoro-Lake Manyara-Amboseli-Nairobi .Those that have short stay can combine Amboseli National Reserve with the Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara Naivasha Safari. A very good package would combine Amboseli with Mt Kenya, Samburu, Sweet Waters Nakuru and Maasai Mara Safari . Amboseli National Park is easily combined with Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Safaris or Beach destinations of Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi, Zanzibar or Dar Es Salaam. To help us tailor make your safari just let us know the number of participants, desired destinations, the dates of travel and duration of stay. Also important are desired accommodation facilities.

    Climate Of Amboseli National Park

    Being on the leeward side of Mt Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park experiences a modified tropical climate. The are is hot and dry (arid) with an annual rainfallof 300 mm. The hottest month- September has averages of 30 degrees centigrade and the coolest month have 27 degrees centigrade. Amboseli experiences two rainy seasons-April/ May; November December. Evaporations rates are very high. The Aridity of the area makes ideal for game sighting. During the dry months, animals congregate on the swamps.

    Amboseli National Park/ Reserve Habitats

    Amboseli National Reserve has 5 main habitats.
    • plains acacia woodland rocky thorn bush country
    • swamps and marshland
    • Dry basin of Lake Amboseli (a dry basin, that floods during heavy rainfall.

    Physical Features And Attractions In Amboseli National Park

    The main physical features in Amboseli Reserve are

    • Mt.Kilimanjaro-offering beautiful splendid views and photographic background.
    • Swamps-OloKenya, EnKongo Narok, Oltukai, which serve as livelihood of this otherwise dissolute park. They are also inhabited by hippos and attract large numbers of birds.
    • Lake Amboseli-dry filling only during the rainy season
    • Observation hill
    • Mt Meru in Tanzania.

    Mammals of Amboseli National park:

    The Park has a large mammal population. Among the species to be found here are elephants, zebra, gnu, hippopotamus, buffalo, spotted hyena, waterbuck, Maasai giraffe, Thomsons and Grants gazelle, impala, lion and cheetah. gerenuk, fringed-eared, duikers, aardwolf, spotted hyena, lions, buffaloes, baboons, bush baby, Serval cat, caracal, leopard, jackals.

    Part of the Amboseli attractions are the nomadic Maasai herdsmen with their domestic stock in close vicinity of predators.

    Amboseli Elephants

    Amboseli National Park/Reserve is the home of the most celebrated and longest studied elephant population in the World. Due to absence of poaching and culling, Amboseli elephants are the only ones with animals spanning the whole age range- newborn calves, old matriarchs in their 60s, and unusually many large adult bulls in their 40s, 50s and even 60s. Currently, the Amboseli population comprises of approximately 2000 individuals in 54 families and over 211 independent adult bulls.

    Just likeGorilla Safaris, the above is a good reason why a safari to Amboseli is a must do for any visitor to East Africa.

    Birds of Amboseli:

    Birdlife is profuse with over 420 species of birds recorded.

    Amboseli National Park Vegetation:

    One of the main challenge to continued existence of Amboseli National Park is poor vegetation regeneration.This is attributed to its dryness being on the leeward side of Mt. Kilimanjaro and saline soils which are not ideal for vegetation growth. Coupled with this Amboseli National Reserve boosts of the largest herd of elephant population in Kenya which have cleared all the trees leaving glass and bare ground.

    Activities, What to do in Amboseli National Park:

    • Game drives
    • are conducted through out the day. The best times to see animals is early in the morning and evenings. During the heat of the day animals will congregate in the swamps.
    • Bird Watching
    • -With over 400 recorded species of birds, Amboseli is an ideal destination for birding.The best time to watch birds is at dawn or at dusk.
    • Nature walks
    • are conducted to the observation hill.
    • Traditional dances
    • Most of the lodges will offer in the evenings.
    • Balloon safaris
    • are conducted very early in the morning.
    • Cultural tours
    • Visits to the local people are best conducted in the afternoon. In these visits, you learn about the Maasai way of life. During your visit you can also participate in the re-a forestation program by planting a seedling.
    • Rhino sanctuary
    • Amboseli Park is a holiday destination of choice for nature lovers and features a Rhino Sanctuary.

    Accommodation in Amboseli National Park:

    Accommodation in Amboseli is diverse and comprise of luxury 5 star safari Lodges, hotels and Tented Camps to basic do it yourself campsites and bandas to cater for different classes of travellers. Among the famous lodges are Amboseli serena, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Amboseli Kimana Lodge and Amboseli Oltukai Lodge. The finest five star lodges like Otukai, Kibo Villa, Kibo Safari Camp, Tawi Lodge, Tortilis camp, Kilima Safari Camp offer luxury facilities like spa, jaccuzi, fitness centers and private swimming pools.

    Luxury Accommodation

    Amboseli Serena Lodge

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    Oltukai Lodge

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    80 luxury chalet-style twin rooms at Ol Tukai Lodge, all with an uninterrupted view of the wetlands or Kilimanjaro. All rooms have private bathrooms and individual terraces. Other facilities include:-Restaurants and 2 bars, Swimming pool, Bureau de Change, Credit cards, Children corner, Telephone, fax and radio call, 200 delegates Conference facility with video, flip charts, projector and other relevant apparatus, Multi denominational chapel, Clinic. Activities include board games, game drives, Maasai dances, bird-walks and lectures on elephants Amboseli Lodge

    Amboseli Sopa Lodge :

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    Nestled in 190 acres of wooded Maasai land, the lodge sits on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro four hours drive from Nairobi. Mature wooded gardens with a variety of trees and plants, from thorn trees and acacias, to fragrant frangipanis, colourful bougainvillea and giant cactus plants thrive in these surroundings. Different species of birds build their nests while monkeys with babies clinging under their bellies and squirrels dart through the gardens. The Lodge boasts of, Gift shop, Laundry, Swimming pool, Children’s pool, Evening turn down service, Baby sitting, Balloon safaris, Nature walks, Car wash

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