Amboseli is one of Kenya’s most famous national parks. It’s the third most visited after the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Lake Nakuru National Park. Amboseli is a Maasai language word that means ‘salty dust’. The park is 390 square kilometres (150square miles) at the core of an 8000square kilometres (3000square mile) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. It is 260km from Nairobi. 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.
The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging large herds of elephants. From here one gets a spectacular view of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa.
It is also home to the Maasai people, who have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment and the wildlife around them. There are occupied and abandoned manyatta – Maasai villages- all around the park quickly built out of bent poles and sticks and plastered with cow dung. These are abandoned when the grazing is finished and their cow herds must move on. Swamps and springs fed by underground rivers from Kilimanjaro’s melting snow form permanent watering places for wildlife in times of drought.
The snow of the mountain, white and crystalline, forms a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya most spectacular displays of wildlife which include the lion, elephant, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of other animals.
Large herds of elephants and wildlife – Enjoy game drives and come close to large herds of elephants, among other different species of game life including the big 5, and numerous bird species.
Mt Kilimanjaro – Enjoy game viewing and photography against the backdrop of the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro
Observation Hill – Find a spot to observe the whole park including the swamp which hosts large numbers of elephants, hippos, buffaloes and a variety of water birds.
Visit Maasai Community – Visit the local Maasai community and learn their culture and traditions