Park/Amboseli National Reserve
The local people
around the park are the nomadic
Maasai. The Maasai way of life is compatible with wildlife
conservation. Most of the conservation areas in Kenya are
Reserves. A visit to Amboseli is not complete without
Area: 392 Km²
gazetted in 1974
but in 2005 the park management reverted to Okejiando County
council, thus the name changed to once more to
Amboseli National Reserve.
It had been a reserve since 1948. It is the best place to photograph
the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro (5985M).
is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty - the
landscape is dominated by MT Kilimanjaro.
Getting to Amboseli
visitors from all over the world.
Amboseli National park
can be accessed by road or air. Though a majority of the
visitors are in organized groups, private individuals can visit the
park without any fear. International visitors mostly arrive at
either Nairobi, Mombasa or Kilimanjaro Airports where they are
picked by tour operator or private cars and driven to the park.
It is possible to hire private cars from
Kilimanjaro airports and drive into the park To
visit the park you need a car. The road distance from
Flying to Amboseli National Park
Nairobi to Namanga
(240 km tarmac) on the Nairobi - Namanga Road, via Meshanani
to Emali (228 km tarmac) on the
Nairobi - Mombasa Road, via Remito Gate (64 km)
through Tsavo West
via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
The Amboseli National
Reserve has an airstrip at Empusel gate. Others are
Kilimanjaro Buffalo lodge and Namanga town. Flights to
Amboseli National park
originates from Nairobi's Wilson Airport and
Moi Airport Mombasa. Charter flights are available from Nairobi
Safaris / Tours to Amboseli National Park
At Gorilla Safaris Rwanda, we do organize custom or tailor make
tours for our clients to
Amboseli National Park from
Wildlife safaris can
last from one to several days depending on the guest request.
A good safari will include visits to nearby national parks of
Tsavo West and the
nearby Chyulu Hills. Note that the park is also surrounded by
group ranches which offer an alternative destination. A popular
package is the
12 days Nairobi-Masai Mara-Serengeti-Ngorongoro-Lake
Manyara-Amboseli-Nairobi . Those that have short stay can
combine Amboseli National
Reserve with the
Nakuru, Maasai Mara Naivasha Safari. A very good package would
combine Amboseli with
Mt Kenya, Samburu, Sweet Waters Nakuru and Maasai Mara Safari .
Amboseli National Park
is easily combined with
Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Safaris or Beach destinations of
Dar Es Salaam.
To help us
tailor make your safari just let us know the number of participants,
desired destinations, the dates of travel and duration of stay.
Also important are desired accommodation facilities.
Being on the
leeward side of Mt Kilimanjaro,
Amboseli National Park experiences a modified tropical climate.
The are is hot and dry (arid) with an annual rainfall of 300
mm. The hottest month- September has averages of 30 degrees
centigrade and the coolest month have 27 degrees centigrade.
Amboseli experiences two rainy seasons-April/ May; November
December. Evaporations rates are very high. The
Aridity of the area makes ideal for game sighting. During the
dry months, animals congregate on the swamps.
Amboseli National Reserve
has 5 main habitats.
features and attractions in the park:
The main physical
features in Amboseli Reserve are
of the Mt.Kilimanjaro & Mt. Meru.
OloKenya, EnKongo Narok, Oltukai, which serve as livelihood of
this otherwise dissolute park. They are also inhabited by
hippos and attract large numbers of birds.
Amboseli-dry filling only during the rainy season
Mt Meru in
Amboseli National park:
The Park has
a large mammal population. Among the species to be found here
are elephants, zebra, gnu, hippopotamus, buffalo, spotted hyena,
waterbuck, Maasai giraffe, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, impala,
lion and cheetah. gerenuk, fringed-eared, duikers,
aardwolf, spotted hyena, lions, buffaloes, baboons, bush baby,
Serval cat, caracal, leopard, jackals.
Part of the
are the nomadic Maasai herdsmen with their domestic stock in close
vicinity of predators.
Park/Reserve is the home of the most celebrated and longest
studied elephants population in the World. Due to absence of
poaching and culling,
Amboseli elephants are
the only ones with animals spanning the whole age range- newborn
calves, old matriarchs in their 60s, and unusually many large adult
bulls in their 40s, 50s and even 60s. Currently, the Amboseli
population comprises of approximately 2000 individuals in 54
families and over 211 independent adult bulls. Just like
Gorilla Safaris, the above is a
good reason why a safari to Amboseli is a must do for any visitor to
bird- life - 420 species of birds recorded.
One of the main challenge to continued existence of
Amboseli National Park
is poor vegetation regeneration. This is attributed to its
dryness being on the leeward side of Mt. Kilimanjaro and saline
soils which are not ideal for vegetation growth. Coupled with
this Amboseli National Reserve boosts of the largest herd of
elephant population in Kenya which have cleared all the trees
leaving glass and bare ground.
Activities to undertake in
Amboseli National Park:
are conducted through out the day. The best times to see
animals is early in the morning and evenings. During the heat
of the day animals will congregate in the swamps. With over
400 recorded species of birds, Amboseli is an ideal destination for
birding. Nature walks are conducted to the
observation hill. Most of the lodges will offer
traditional dances in the evenings. Balloon
safaris are conducted very early in the morning.
Visits to the local people are best conducted in the
afternoon. In these visits, you learn about the
way of life. During your visit you can also participate in
re-a forestation program by planting a seedling.
Serena Lodge :-Amboseli Serena Lodge has a total of 92
rooms. The lodge offers:- Bush Dinners; Sundowners at
Observation Hill; Private picnics; specialist cultural
entertainments; Full housekeeping services (laundry, valet,
babysitting on request );Full medical back-up and emergency
evacuation facilities; Africana Gift Shop; Beauty treatments,
massage and hairdressing; Swimming Pool, nature walks, jogging
trails, bird watching and game drives; Forex facilities; Full
library of books on Africa.
Sopa Lodge : Nestled in 190 acres of wooded Maasai land, the
lodge sits on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt
Kilimanjaro four hours drive from Nairobi. Mature
wooded gardens with a variety of trees and plants, from thorn
trees and acacias, to fragrant frangipanis, colourful
bougainvillea and giant cactus plants thrive in these
surroundings. Different species of birds build their nests while
monkeys with babies clinging under their bellies and squirrels
dart through the gardens. The Lodge boasts of, Gift shop,
Laundry, Swimming pool, Children’s pool, Evening turn down
service, Baby sitting, Balloon safaris, Nature walks, Car wash
Lodge 80 luxury chalet-style twin rooms at Ol Tukai Lodge,
all with an uninterrupted view of the wetlands or Kilimanjaro.
All rooms have private bathrooms and individual terraces. Other
facilities include:-Restaurants and 2 bars, Swimming pool,
Bureau de Change, Credit cards, Children corner, Telephone, fax
and radio call, 200 delegates Conference facility with video,
flip charts, projector and other relevant apparatus, Multi
denominational chapel, Clinic. Activities include board games,
game drives, Maasai dances, bird-walks and lectures on elephants
Olgulului Public Campsite and Nairushari Campsite