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Amboseli National Park is 151 sq miles and forms a larger wildlife ecosystem of 3,100 sq miles that extends into Tanzania and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The park offers one of the best wildlife-viewing experience in the world with 400 species of birds such as pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops and 47 types of raptors. The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation.
For wildlife, you are likely to spot the big five against a backdrop of the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve.
The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. The park offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. Amboseli National Park is home to many species, including elephants, buffaloes, impala, lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, giraffes, zebras and wildebeest among others.
Visitors to the park can find different types of accommodation according to their budget ranging from lodges, tented camps and open-air camping sites. Accommodation include:
• Ol Tukai lodge - Has 80 luxury chalet-style twin rooms.
• Amboseli Serena lodge - Has luxury ensuite rooms situated in two storey dedicated buildings.
• 3 KWS self-catering banda sites.
• 1 campsite.
• Assorted picnic sites such as observation hill.
Both Ol Tukai and the Amboseli Serena lodge provide excellent accommodation if you are looking for luxury holiday. Visitors can spot various animals, such as elephants, buffaloes and rhinos which get attracted to the waterholes and saltlicks. The park includes an airstrip.
• Kilimanjaro Guest House • Simba Cottages • Chui Cottages
• Amboseli Campsite.
Park entry: The park is open daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:15 pm.
Entry to the park is by smart card only, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
Amboseli is crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya's most popular parks. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
Horse back riding – Explore the park surroundings on a horseback.
Game drive – You can have two game drives. The game drive will give you a chance to see the huge herds of Elephants (1,000 plus) against the backdrop of the mighty snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania standing at 19,341 feet. With luck you could spot the Black Rhino. Amboseli National park is world famous for its large herds of elephants. You will most likely spot all the big five: lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino.
Bird walk – Amboseli is home to more than 150 species of birds. Join the ornithologist for a bird walk around the various ideal spots amongst beautiful trees.
Sundowner on observation hill – You can enjoy a sundowner cocktail on the table topped observation hill as you watch the sun set over Mt Kilimanjaro.
Maasai dance performances – The Masai people will impress you with their high jumps. Enjoy the evening in the bush around a log fire.
Visits to Maasai villages – You can visit the local Masai people in their manyattas. You can have a fun day bonding with the local Maasai people.
Tree-planting programme – Leave your mark at the game park by planting a tree.
Walking Safaris - Nature trails along the game park will make you discover the abundant plants, animals and insects and bird life.
• By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga 240 km on the Nairobi-Arusha road through Meshanani Gate. The other road is from Nairobi via Emali 228 km on the Nairobi-Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana Olkelunyiet Gate.
• By Air: Airstrips: The park has a single airstrip for light aircrafts at Empusel gate. Other airstrips close to the park are located at Kilimanjaro, buffalo lodge and namanga town
(Make sure to contact us if you wish to visit this park for your next holiday activity.)
Park charges are based on " " Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) tariffs which are reviewed from time to time. The rates we have quoted here are for information purposes and are indicative of the likely park charges you can incur. They are approximate. However please note that if you have booked a complete wildlife safari package with us, park charges are included in the total cost of your safari at the time of booking. Therefore you need not worry about park entry fee!
• Never get out of the vehicle except at designated spots.
• Do not harass the animals in any way.
• Keep to the tracks and no off-road driving is allowed.
• Animals always have the right of way.
• The roads in Amboseli have a loose surface of volcanic soil that is dusty in the dry season and impassable in the wet season so ensure to use the recommended vehicles for this terrain.
• The park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on KWS Tarrifs.
• There is a small airport in Amboseli i.e, Amboseli Airport (HKAM).
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Scheduled local flight services to Amboseli are available from Nairobi's Wilson Airport.