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Amboseli National Park
Where Is Amboseli National Park?
Amboseli National Park Kenya is located in Kajiado County. It is about 4 hours from Nairobi by road. At Amboseli National Park, you will see glorious views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from all parts of Amboseli. This makes it the second most popular National Park after Masaai Mara.
Is Amboseli National Park Worth Visiting?
Yes, Amboseli National Park is worth visiting for the following reasons, first of all it is only 4 hours from the capital city of Nairobi. This means you can take a day trip to the park and enjoy a game drive without spending the night. Amboseli National Park in Kenya also has stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro the tallest mountain in Africa and in addition to this, you will have the pleasure of viewing the hundreds upon hundreds of elephant families.
The park has five habitats that are home to a wide variety of animals mentioned above. According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, there are 600 bird species found here.
Lodges in Amboseli National Park
There are about 18 lodges within Amboseli National Park.
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Other Amboseli National Park Lodges include:
- Tawi Lodge
- Kilima Safari Camp
- Serena Safari Lodge Amboseli National Park
- AA Lodges
- Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli Kenya
- Sentrim Amboseli
- Tortilis Camp Amboseli National Park
- H12 Elephant Gorge
- Amboseli Kibo Safari Camp
- Satao Elerai
- Kimana Amboseli
- Kibo Villa
- Selenkay Adventure Camp
- Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Amboseli National Park Day Tour
Being one of the popular parks in Kenya and close to the capital city, Amboseli National park is one of the best places to take a day tour. Your tour would start early in the morning at about 6 am so that you can arrive at the park by 10 am. At the entrance, you are to pay the park fees before proceeding to enjoy the game drives.
Once in the park you can do a game drive where you view wild animals until about 12 noon. Choose one of the hotel restaurants above to have your lunch.
After lunch you can then proceed to observation point. One of the only places in the park where you are allowed to leave the car. Here you get to see stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, elephants and hippos grazing at the swamps below and the general views of the park. Observation hill is also a great place to take photos and learn in depth about the park, its animals and ecosystem. This should take you about 2 hours.
You can then leave the park at around 3pm for Nairobi. You should arrive the capital city at around 7pm
One of the main key attractions of your day tour is the Amboseli Elephants. There are thousands of elephants that are clustered together in Elephant families.
Amboseli National Park Kenya has four main gates.
The Kimana Gate is one of the busiest gates of the park with a good road network. Kimana gate is located on the south eastern part of the park.
This gate is located on the Northwestern part of the park. It is near the border of Kenya and Tanzania at Namanga. You can access this gate through the Nairobi- Arusha Road.
Iremito gate is on the Eastern part of Amboseli National Park. It is also 5 hours from Nairobi Mombasa road through Emali. It is only accessible via road.
Located on the south western part of the park, in a remote location with clear views of Mt.Kilimanjaro.
Things to do at Amboseli National Park
Below are a couple of things to do while touring Amboseli National Park
Go for game drives where you will see lots and lots of zebras, resident wildebeests, and many elephant families
Climb the Observation Hill – A place where you can see the expanse areas of Amboseli, including watching animals come to drink water at the swamp below.. It is also the only place where you are allowed to get out of your tour van. Observation Hill also has a lot of educative information about Amboseli National Park. Beware of snakes at the Observation Hill, it’s prone to snakes like the red spitting cobra.
Game viewing at the swamps with rich wildlife. At the swamps, you will also see catfish in plenty. They are delicious meals for eagles.
Tour the Elephant research camp. Elephants in Amboseli are one of the most researched species worldwide. You however have to pre arrange to tour the Amboseli Trust for Elephants camp. It is a great place to learn about what work is being done in elephant research.
Amboseli is a popular bird watching destination. There are about 400 bird species to be marveled at here.
You can also do a cultural tour to a number of Masaai Villages that surround the park.
The Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit is during the dry months between June- September. Amboseli is generally flat and when it rains the swamps flood all over the place.