Amboseli National Park

 

 

 Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National park is one of the top Kenya safari national parks that have big herds of elephants and stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The park also covers an area of about 392 square kilometers. Also, the vegetation of this park has acacia woodland, rocky thorn bushes, swampy marshland, and also a Pleistocene lake known as Lake Amboseli.

The park was established in 1974 as a national park. It also has a great history as one of the oldest protected areas in Kenya which was first established as a game reserve in 1906 before it was upgraded to the status of a national park. It was later in 1991 that the park was declared UNESCO world heritage site so as to protect, preserve and conserve the different unique species at the park.

Due to the wide range of inhabitants that cover the park, it has opened a wide gate for the different animal species at the park. The scenic views of the mountain Kilimanjaro is one of the added advantages the park has capitalized for its popularity. Also, it’s such a small area covering only 392 square kilometers. This makes it easily exploited within a one-day safari even.

Location and accessibility of Amboseli national park Kenya

Amboseli national park is 365 kilometers or 226 miles southeast of Nairobi. The park is within a 3 to 4 hours drive from Nairobi. Amboseli is located in Kajiado County in the South of Kenya. It’s in the Northwest part of Mount Kilimanjaro which is in Tanzania. You can access the park through two different routes through all originating from Nairobi. You can access it through Nairobi –Mombasa road. If you’re in the South in the coastal area of Mombasa, Tsavo West national park, or Tsavo East National park it is about 460 kilometers entering through Kimana Gate.

How to access Amboseli national park Kenya

By road:

You can access the park from both Nairobi in the North and Mombasa in the south along the coastal area. If you are from Nairobi there are two main routes to access the park. All these routes are in good condition hence making it first and easy to reach the park. You will access the park through Nairobi via Namanga on Nairobi-Arusha road. This route is the shortest route that we mostly use for a day’s trips to the park entering through the Meshanani Gate. The other route which is short is using Nairobi- Mombasa road via Emali. You can enter the park from the South through Kimana in Olkelunyiet Gate.

By Air:

The Park has one airstrip along the Empuseli that the small aircraft use inside the park. The driver guide will pick you up at the airstrip.

Some of the key activities include:

Birding

Boat cruise

Game viewing

Walking safaris

Hiking and many more

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