Amboseli National Park, once known as the Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve is located in Southwestern Kenya in Kajiado County, a few kilometers from the border with Tanzania. Amboseli is one of the most extraordinary national parks that Africa has to offer. Because of the sparse vegetation particularly in the long and dry months, the wildlife-viewing opportunities here are some of the best in the world.
The park is home to Cape buffaloes, Impala, Lions, Cheetahs, Spotted Hyenas, Maasai Giraffes, Zebras and Wildebeest, in addition to over 400 species of birds. The dramatic backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain and the highest freestanding mountain in the world, soaring into the clouds, only compliments Amboseli’s charm. For a cultural encounter like no other, visitors to Amboseli can also meet the Maasai, the world-famous cattle herders who live on the park’s borders. In 1991, Amboseli National Park was named a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve.
Amboseli is without doubt the best place in the world to take an elephant safari. Not only does the park protect over 1,000 free-ranging elephants that can be seen wandering in massive herds towards the swamps and watering holes, the elephants here are also some of the largest that can be seen anywhere in Africa. The allure with taking an elephant safari in Amboseli is the guided game drives through the flat plains of the park, which feature many up-close moments with these gentle giants. On a half-day elephant watching trip, visitors can be introduced to a single herd and even meet each individual for some great photos, and an opportunity like no other to observe the mannerisms of these highly intelligent animals as they go about their business with their families.
What You Need To Know
Location And Getting There
Amboseli National Park is 240kms from Nairobi and is accessible via road via a 4 hour drive. The park is 392 kms2 and lies at altitude of 1,150 metres above sea level in southwestern Kenya.