Amboseli National Park | Best destination For Wildlife Experience
Rent a 4×4 Land Cruiser, Rav4, xtrail from Self Drive Kenya to experience at an utmost Wildlife & birding experience against the beautiful backdrop of the Kilimanjaro mountain in Amboseli National Park.
Amboseli National Park, previously Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, stands among Kenya’s most visited National parks, due to the vast population of roaming Large Elephants with huge tusks, against the impressive crown of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The 392.06 square kilometer park comprises of 5 different habitats from dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.
Amboseli National park is located about 5-6 hours drive Northwest of Nairobi in Loitoktok district. The Nomad Maasai were the first people to settle here, but now a home to many from all corners of the country because of the prosperous tourist driven economy, and the in depth agriculture along the swamp system.
Apart from the African bush elephants, the park is also home to Cape buffalos, impalas, lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Masai giraffes, Grant’s zebras, and blue wildebeest, thus one can see only the Big 4, without Rhinos. The park also hosts more than 400 species (both small and large birds) of birds including water birds and 47 raptor species among them include; pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop
Getting to Amboseli National Park
The strategic position of Amboseli national Park attracts visitors from all corners of the world. The park can be accessed by both air and road. Since Nairobi is the beginning point of most Kenya safaris, many visitors to the park, are usually picked international visitors and picked by tour operators from either Jommo Kenyatta airport or Wilson Airport in a customized jeep, then driven to the Park. While those on self drive , can easily drive their adventure on their own to the Park. It is also possible to join from others parks like Tsavo-which is just 8km from Amboseli.
By air, flights can also be arranged from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Amboseli Airstrip. check out our car rental services of Self-drive Kenya.
Best Time to Visit Amboseli National Park
Although one cannot get tired of visiting Amboseli National Park throughout the year, the best time to visit the park is during the dry months of June, July, August, September, October, January and February. While some people prefer the wet/low season because of the reduced prices of lodges.
Wildlife in Amboseli National Park
The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet Maasai and visit a Maasai village. The park also has views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Amboseli National Park offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long, dry months. The protected area is home to African bush elephant, Cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, Masai giraffe, Grant’s zebra, and blue wildebeest
Park Rules for Self Drive Travelers
Amboseli National Park Management committee has several rules to protect the wildlife: Never leave the vehicle, except at designated spots; do not harass the animals in any way; always keep to the tracks; no off-road driving; and always give the animals the right of way.
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Accommodations in Amboseli National Park
Amboseli national Park has accommodations: including Elerai Camp , Tortilis camp, Kili Spring Camp, Sarova Hotels, Resorts & lodges, The Cliff Camp, Elephant Watch Camp, Lake Naivasha Resort, Governor’s Camp, Uzima cottages, Tuli Amboseli safari Camp, Kibo Safari Camp among others.
Amboseli National Park Accommodations are classified into luxury, midrange and budget or low cost. The high end(Luxury) accommodations(lodges or hotels) have at least 4 stars, mid range contains 3, while budget ranges between 1-2 stars.
These accommodations have been built to fit in today’s international market standards of all travelers coming into the country.
These accommodations are mainly permanent cottages, permanent tents, safari tents and mobile tents, each categorized under single room occupancy, triple room occupancy and double room occupancy.
Single room occupancy takes in 1 person, double occupancy for 2 people with 1 king size bed while the triple occupancy takes in 3 to 4 persons
The single room accommodates one person, double for a couple with one king-size bed and triple for 3 or 4 persons with two bedrooms, yet for the family tent or Cottage it between four to 8 people fit in depending on the size of the tent or cottage.
While majority of these rooms are self-contained featuring clean bathrooms, flushing toilets, showers (both hot and cold), the luxury accommodations have got extra amenities like swimming pool, gym, sauna and others that guests can access freely during their stay at the hotel.