Amboseli National Park is one of the popular destinations in Kenya with unmissable wildlife watching expeditions. Amboseli national protected larger herds of elephants and it is the only nation in East Africa with a high population of elephants. Most of the big five safaris are organized to Amboseli national park because the park features members of the big 5 animals that include elephants, lions, leopards, and buffaloes. Other wild animals in Kenya include hippos, hyenas, zebras, Giraffes, the Thomsons Gazelle, the wildebeest animals, and the rare Burch ells Zebra to mention but a few
Yes, it can be further pointed that Amboseli National Park doesn’t provide avenues for these wonderful animals only but the park falls in the southern province of Kenya’s that is shadowed by the famous and spectacular Kilimanjaro mountains that provided the scenic views and also provides the augments the wonders of the Amboseli National Park. The Amboseli National Park is an interesting park that produces wonders especially when visited during the dry season which is also known as the peak season in the tourism business in and in most countries of East Africa.
Amboseli national park is found with the rift valley province and covers an area of 392 square kilometers and it was first established as the game reserve and later turned into a national park in 1974. Moments after this was declared a national park, because of its biodiversity importance it was later declared as the UNESCO Heritage Site in the year 1991
The ecosystems of the Amboseli national park are mainly comprised of the 5 habitats that include the Acacia forest with thick thorns, the open savannah and the grassland plains, the dry lakes, and the Marshlands, and the swamps. The park’s name is also associated with the volcanic activity that forms years ago as the result of the heat from underneath especially in the dry season hence the origin of the name Amboseli meaning Salty dust in the language of Masai Mara. Because of the availability of water in the Amboseli National Park, it has attracted several animals and birds within the park making it so wonderful to visit.
Amboseli National Park elephants are the major highlights of the animal species and safaris in the Amboseli National Park. The elephants of the Amboseli National Park are seen in large herds as they graze freely in the open and short grassland especially early in the morning when they are actively looking for food and late in the evening. This indicates that this is the best time for doing game viewing or drive in Amboseli National Park if you’re interested in seeing the large herds of elephants in Amboseli National Park.
During these daytime elephants in the Amboseli National Park spend a lot of time sheltering in the OI Kenya swamp and these elephants of the Amboseli National Park are unique as they carry large stunning Ivory as at times they come closer to the cars during the game drive. Other than the big elephants of the Amboseli National Park, the park harbors other 60 animal species including jackals, giraffes, white-bearded wildebeest, buffaloes, Burch ells Zebras, Gravy, eland, impalas, and many more animals. In case you’re lucky you will see lions, cheetahs, and leopards crossing from one direction to another as you’re doing safari game drives in Amboseli National Park.
Amboseli National Park boasts several water springs and these have done much to attract several water birds and thus these have made Ambosoeli national to be an important birding area in Kenya with more than 400 species of birds. The common bird species in the Amboseli National Park include the Kingfisher, the Goliath heron, Pelicans, and Crater egret more several bird species. Among the 400 bird species recorded in Amboseli National Park, more than 47 bird species are known as the raptors.
The lodges and campsites Available in Amboseli National Park
There are a lot of accommodation facilities in and around Amboseli National Park that is available for the visitors visiting the National Park. The accommodation is in form of lodges and campsites providing a comfortable environment and a nice stay. Some of the luxurious include the Porini Amboseli Camp that provides panoramic views of the only left free-standing mountain Kilimanjaro Mountain. Other comfortable Lodges in Amboseli National Park include Tawa Lodge, Ol Tukai Lodge, Ol Donyo Lodge, The Ambsoli Serena safari among other safari Lodges among other lodges offering a comfortable stay to the Guests.
Best time for wildlife viewing in Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is open throughout the year and it can be visited all year round however, it has been proved that the best time for visiting the Amboseli National Park is during the dry season that happens from June to October and then from December to February. During this time the conditions are good and their little chance of rainfall hampers the safari experience. The dry season is the for game watching safaris while the wet season is the best for the birding safaris and this wet season starts in March to May and when November and therefore you should plan accordingly
How to get to Amboseli National Park for wildlife viewing
Visitors interested in reaching the Amboseli National Park will drive for about 4 hours from Nairobi capital city which is located in the southeast of the Nairobi city and it is just 249 square kilometers by using the four by four vehicles while driving on the tarmac road leading you to the park. Road transport is so amazing and this is the best way of experiencing the Kenya countryside.
The best time to visit the Amboseli national is visited all the year round but the most period is during the Christmas season and the dry season especially during the June to October and the year of the February, therefore, these are the best traveling months and the best months that are ideals for the visitors traveling to Kenya for the wildlife safaris.