Amboseli is located north-west of the tallest mountain in Africa MT. Kilimanjaro, bordering Tanzania. Amboseli national park covers more than 395 square km. The park is managed by the elite of Kenya’s national parks. It is the top-ranked tourist destination in Africa, home to thousands of elephants and it is well situated for best wildlife viewing, Mt Kilimanjaro. The mountain has the highest peak in Africa, and it is located in the southern boundary of Amboseli, cloud cover at the hill makes it invisible for much of the daytime. Still, tourists have an incredible viewing when the weather is clear, most of the time at dawn and dusk. There are other animals in the park apart from the famous big tasked elephants, wildebeest and zebras, and at times tourist’s spot lions, cheetahs and hyenas. The park is also home more than 370 birdlife species.
Attractions in Amboseli National Park
The park is famous for its abundant wildlife which is available here during the dry seasons; this is the reason why Amboseli is a top tourist destination. Amboseli is situated in a place where it is enclosed by six jointly owned farms. The park comprises five major wildlife environments open savannahs, acacia woods, rocky bushy thorns, marshes and swampland and it extends to part of a Pleistocene lake basin, which has recently dried. The park is renowned because it hosts big game animals and the incredible picturesque beauty and the setting of the park that is the immense landscape of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Elephant Research Camp
The elephant research camp of Amboseli is ranked among the most studied elephant research works in the world, Dr. Cynthia Moss, who wrote book Amboseli Elephants and Elephant Memories have majorly contributed to this.
The Amboseli Elephant Research Project was started by Dr. Cynthia Moss together her colleague Harvey Croze in 1972. They chose Amboseli because the elephants were somewhat undisturbed the fact that the park was not fenced in, the animals were freely moving in the ecosystem, and there were no many poachers then. They had the intention to gather base-line data on the biology of a natural population. What was crucial was to study elephants by following individuals over time. Even to date, they are following some of the same individuals they met back in 1972 as well as all the Amboseli elephants that have been born since the camp was started. Much of what is known today about elephants is based on the studies done at the camp.
Normitior Observation Hill
This Observation Hill allows the tourists to have an overall view of the entire park, including the swamps and the enormous elephants. The Swampy area below observation hill is where most of the animals gather such as elephants, hippos and buffaloes a diversity of waterfowl such as the pelican; and indigenous lifestyle; herds of elephants Mount Kilimanjaro;
This pyramid-like hill is one of the only areas in the park where you can get out and walk. The high-level meeting offers an ideal observation from which to familiarize yourself with the plains, swamps and roads below
This is a continuation of the Duluth Traverse, linking Observation Road that is the paved road with Twin Ponds which is the city park. The nearest parking area is situated at the Twin Ponds parking area.
After the parking lot climb the beamed switch back to a high viewing point at the top of the hill, the highest point on the trail makes it possible the most significant viewpoint in the park, it’s not referred to as Observation Hill for no reason.
The last 1,000-meter long trail is a slalom through the woodlands down to the road. Between the viewpoint and the fun aspects on the track, this section should not be avoided when hiking the Anger Trail of the Duluth Traverse
Amboseli has more than 80 species of different mammals ranging from the small and not ordinary spectacled elephant to the enormous big tasked elephants. Tourists in Amboseli cannot go home without elephant pictures with beautiful Kilimanjaro as the background. There is a record of more than over 400 bird species in the park.
Mount Kilimanjaro, which is Africa’s highest mountain, offers spots to watch Amboseli wildlife. Amboseli Park has a Pleistocene lake basin that is a seasonal lake, Lake Amboseli, which forms when it rains, and animals tend to gather around the area. The park offers the most excellent opportunities to watch some of the Big Five animals because of the sparse vegetation it is easy to spot animals. The park hosts animals, such as the elephant, wildebeests, lion, cheetah, wildebeest, buffalo and zebra among other animals.
How to get to Amboseli National Park
The road that easily accesses the park is from Nairobi-Namanga road, which is about 240 KM on the Nairobi-Arusha highway, and you get in the park through the Meshanani Gate. It is tarmac road up to Namanga, but it is a murram starting from Namanga to Meshanani Gate around 75 KM long.
The other alternative road to the park is through Emali approximately 228 KM on the Nairobi- Mombasa highway. The way is tarmacked and up to Emali and murram starting from Emali to Remito Gate about 64 KM. Amboseli is also accessed from Mombasa through Tsavo West through Kimana Gate.
The park also has an airstrip situated in the Empusel gate. There is also an airstrip for light aircraft located at the Park Headquarters Olekelunyiet. The other airfields are located in the Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and even Namanga town.
Accommodation in Amboseli
Amboseli offers a variety of accommodation which is suitable for all budgets, preferences and interests. Available also is campsites where tourists can pitch a tent. Well-appointed safari lodges, luxurious tented camps with big, completely furnished camps, small secluded camps for your private use and much, much, more.
Amboseli Serena safari lodge has professional, friendly staff, and it is well situated which makes it a reliable lodge while touring Amboseli National park. This is our most recommended lodge because they offer the best services.