AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Amboseli lies approximately north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The Park covers 392 square km, and forms part of the much larger 3,000 square km Amboseli ecosystem.

The large concentrations of wildlife transpire here in the dry season, making the park a popular tourist destination in Kenya. It is surrounded by six communally owned group ranches.

The National Park symbolizes five main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland) and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry.

The park is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty – and the landscape is dominated by the towering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Wildlife: the park is renowned for its large herds of free-ranging African elephants. There are over 900 African elephants in the park, as well as huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including giraffes, African lions, moneys, zebra, hynas and antelopes. The park has over 80 different mammals to be found ranging from the tiny (and rarely seen) spectacled elephant shrew to the huge bulk of the African elephant. Few visitors will go home without superb elephant pictures with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop, over 400 bird species.

Activities: Game viewing, camping, night game drives, nature and cultural walks, nature photography, bush dinner, lunch and breakfast

Getting there;

 By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi-Arusha Road, via Meshanani Gate. The road is tarmaced up to Namanga but is murram from Namanga to Meshanani Gate (75km).

The other road is via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi- Mombasa Road. The road is tarmaced up to Emali and murram from Emali to Remito Gate (64 km) Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.

By Air: The Park has an airstrip at Empusel gate. There is also an airstrip for light aircraft at the Park Headquarters (Olekelunyiet). Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.

Where to stay: Amboseli has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and interests. There are very basic campsites where one can pitch a tent and sleep under canvas in the wild, well-appointed safari lodges, luxury tented camps with large, fully furnished tents, small private camps for your exclusive use and much, much, more.