Amboseli National Park

Overview
Altitude: 3,900- 4,500 Ft above sea level                           Opened:  April 1948
Area: 392 Sq. Kms:                                                                 Distance from Nairobi: 135-Kms


Why Amboseli?

  • International Bio-Sphere Reserve,
  • unrivalled views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru
  • Contemporary Maasai culture,
  • Excellent Elephant and Birdlife viewing
  • Year round springs and Waterholes

Amboseli lies immediately North West of Mt. Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania.
The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometers (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The local people are mainly Masai, but people from other parts of the country have settled there attracted by the successful tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps that makes this low-rainfall area (average 350 mm (14 in)) one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds, pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops and 47 types of raptor.

The National Park embodies 5 main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland) and covers part of a pleistocene lake basin, now dry. Within this basin is a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, that floods during years of heavy rainfall. Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty – the landscape is dominated by Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The climate is mainly hot and dry. Amboseli is in the rain shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The maximum average temperature of the warmest month is 33°C during the day, while that of the coldest is 27-28°C.

Accessibility
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 tarmac up to Namanga but is badly corrugated and potholed in places from Namanga to Meshanani Gate (75km).
The other road is via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road. The road is tarmac up to Emali and murram from Emali to Remito Gate (64 km).   Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.

The park has a single airstrip for light aircraft at Empusel gate. Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo lodge and Namanga town.

Major Attractions
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, Cape buffaloes, impala, Kilimanjaro lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Masai giraffes, plains zebras and blue wildebeest among other African animals. There is also a host of Kenyan birds, both large and small.

Lodges:
Oltukai Lodge; Amboseli Serena Lodge; Kimana Lodge; Tortilis Tented Lodge.

Campsites:
Nairushari Special; Olgulului Public Campsite; Chyulu Tented Camp; Kimbla Campsite; Cottar’s Tented Camp; Leopard Tented Camp; Tortilis Tented Camp amongst others
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