AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Amboseli National Park also called “The Kilimanjaro Royal Court” is one of the premium parks in Kenya managed by Kenya Wildlife Services. The park was gazette in 1974 and was declared a UNESCO site 1991.
It has diverse habitats from dry Pleistocene lake beds, plains, acacia woodland forests, semiarid vegetation to swamps and marshes. The park is famous because of Echo the Elephant, the world most research female matriarch elephant under the guidance of Dr. Cynthia Moss American conservationist.
The name Amboseli is a Maasai word for a place of dust, during the dry seasons dust is blown from the dry Pleistocene lake bed. The Maasai people are the immediate neighbors of the park and live in harmony with the wildlife.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK DISTANCE FROM NAIROBI
The distance from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park is approximately 4 Hours driving 233km (144 miles) on a straight line its 159km (98.7miles or 85.73 nautical miles) driving on A104 and diverting to C103 at Namanga town.
The distance from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park via Mombasa/Emali road is approximately 41/2 Hours driving 256km (159 miles) on a straight line its 262km (165miles or 141 nautical miles) driving on A109 and diverting to C102 at Emali town.
Some of the major towns you will drive through include; Mlolongo, Athiriver, Machakos junction, Konza Techno City, Malili, Sultan Hamid and then Emali.
Daily flights operate from Nairobi (Wilson Airport) to Amboseli National Park and the flying time is approximately 30 Minutes landing at Amboseli Airstrip located inside the National park
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK WEATHER
Amboseli National Park is usually hot and dry. During the day the average temperatures range between 30 degrees Celsius/86 degrees Fahrenheit and at night it can drop to 14 degrees Celsius/58 degrees Fahrenheit.
The dry months are usually January to late March and late May to early November. Rains are usually expected in the months of April, early May and in November and December.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK LOCATION
Amboseli National Park is located in Kajiado County coving an area of approximately 392 square km (151 square miles). The park coordinates are 29 s 37 14 53 E. The altitude at the park varies from 3900 to 4500 feet above sea level.
It’s located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It’s believed the mountain belonged to Kenya but Queen Victoria gave it to her grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany as birthday gift in 1886.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK MAP
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK HOTEL
Several accommodations are available within and around Amboseli National Park. These lodges and camps are strategically located for easy game viewing and offer clear view to the highest free standing mountain in the world Mount Kilimanjaro.
They includesome safari lodges; Amboseli Serena Lodge, Oltukai Lodge and some luxury camps Tortilis Camp, Satao Elerai Camp
BEST TIME TO VISIT AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK.
For better game drives at Amboseli National Park, the best time to visit Amboseli National Park would be during the dry months of January to March and from late May to November.
Amboseli is open to guests throughout including the rain months because it doesn’t rain the whole day, hence game drivers can be done in the morning and late in the evening.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK SAFARI
Amboseli National Park safaris can be organized through DK Grand Safaris from Nairobi by road with pick up from Nairobi City Hotel or direct from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Some of Amboseli National Park Safari packages which include family safari, Honeymoon Safari, Private Safaris, Customized and Photographic safari.
The safari packages will include Accommodation, Safari in land Cruisers, game drives, park fees, professional Guides, complimentary cultural tour to Masai Village hence making your dream safari come true at Amboseli National Park.
- 3 Days/2 Nights Amboselisafari
- 4 Days/3 Nights Amboseli safari
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK ANIMALS
More than 50 different species of mammals have been viewed in Amboseli National park including four of the big five namely; Africa Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, and Cape Buffaloes.
Other common animals at Amboseli includes; Thomson Gazelles, Warthogs, Giraffe, Zebras, Wildebeest, Hippopotamus, Mongoose, Baboons, Spotted hyenas, Impala Grants Gazelles, and Monkeys etc.
Approximately 400 species of birds have also been recorded in the park which include; Africa Fish Eagle, Ostrich, Guinea fowls, Francolins, Whistling ducks, Egyptian goose, Cape teal, Yellow billed duck, Little grebe, Seasonal Flamingos.
Other common birds at Amboseli include; Yellow billed storks, African open billed stork, Saddle billed storks, Marabou stork, Sacred ibis, African spoonbill, Grey herons, Cattle egret, Goliath herons, , White pelican, Great cormorant.
We also have the, Secretary bird, Vultures, Goshawk, Bustards, Crowned crane, Plovers, Sandgrouse, Pigeons, Doves, Owls, Lilac breasted rollers, Cuckoo, Woodpeckers, Shrikes, Sunbirds, Weavers etc.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK HIGHLIGHT
- Mount Kilimanjaro,
- Observation Hill (Normatior)
- Game viewing,
- Lake Amboseli and the Swamps
- Maasai Culture
- Elephant Research Camp
- Large Elephants families etc
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK CONTACT
DK Grand Safaris
Kenya Wildlife Services
Landline Contact: 254(20)8029705
Mobile Phone: 254 716 493335
P.O Box 356 – 00209
Loitokitok – Kenya