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Amboseli Tours & Vacations

Described as the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants, and the second most popular park after Maasai Mara, the Amboseli National Park, is the best place to recommend to anyone who has a sense of adventure and one who needs to see the world and its wonders

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Amboseli National Park, is the best place to recommend to anyone who has a sense of adventure and one who needs to see the world and its wonders

Described as the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants, and the second most popular park after Maasai Mara, the Amboseli National Park, is the best place to recommend to anyone who has a sense of adventure and one who needs to see the world and its wonders. The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometers (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spread across the Kenya Tanzania border.


Amboseli’s name is derived from a Maasai place called ‘Empusel’, which means ‘open plain’. And who wouldn’t want to see these animals up close? Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Water from Mt. Kilimanjaro trickles down porous underground channels and erupts into a number of springs.


In Amboseli’s case, it is big skies and far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trampled by hundreds of animals like the African bush elephants, Cape buffaloes, impala, East African lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Masai giraffes, plains zebras and blue wildebeest among other African animals. There is also a host of Kenyan birds, both large and small. The park offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long dry month and conserves nature while helping people and contributing to conservation, sustainable economic development, research and Education.


Amboseli lies immediately north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The Park covers 392 square km, and forms part of the much larger 3,000 square km Amboseli ecosystem.


Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in the dry season, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination. It is surrounded by six communally owned group ranches.


The National Park embodies five main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland) and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry.

Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty – and the landscape is dominated by the towering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Major Attractions: Mount Kilimanjaro; Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants; Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowl like pelican; Egyptian goose; contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle; herds of elephants.


Wildlife: Amboseli has over 80 different mammals to be found ranging from the tiny (and rarely seen) spectacled elephant shrew to the huge bulk of the African elephant. Few visitors will go home without superb elephant pictures with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. There are over 400 bird species.

Amboseli has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and interests. There are very basic campsites where one can pitch a tent and sleep under canvas in the wild, well appointed safari lodges, luxury tented camps with large, fully furnished tents, small private camps for your exclusive use and much, much, more.

By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi-Arusha Road, via Meshanani Gate. The road is tarmacked up to Namanga but is murram from Namanga to Meshanani Gate (75km).


The other road is via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi- Mombasa Road. The road is tarmacked up to Emali and murram from Emali to Remito Gate (64 km) Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.


By Air: The Park has an airstrip at Empusel gate. There is also an airstrip for light aircraft at the Park Headquarters (Olekelunyiet). Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.

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