Amboseli literally means miniature twisters which are very often seen in the Amboseli National Park, about 140 Kms, South of Nairobi. Amboseli National Park lies in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and it is the best place to watch the biggest herds of elephants closely in the African continent. Amboseli National Park is spread in a comparatively smaller area of 390.26 sq. Km only but apart from a zumbo tsunami, it has a fantastic array of wildlife along with five different habitats which include wetlands with sulfur springs, landscape ranging from swamps to dusty arid dry lake bed of Amboseli.
The park gives a fantastic view of Mount Kilimanjaro, which was once a volcano. Due to the apt location, Amboseli National Park Vegetation attracts abundant wildlife and unexpected variety of birds. To name a few, those visiting during Amboseli National Park Weather, one can abundantly gaze at the pride of Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik-dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine and a prolific collection of birdlife features 400 species, over 50 mammals roaming under the shadows of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak. Water from the mountains sustains the swamps in the park, home to a large population of flamingos. The roads in Amboseli National Park have a loose surface of volcanic soil that is dusty in summers and impassable in the rains. The temperature of Amboseli National Park ranges from 20-30 Degrees C and it gets rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm. Amboseli National Park weather has two rainy seasons – long rainy season in the period of March & April & a shorter rainy season during November & December. If you are planning to visit, then any time of the year is good to spend vacations.
To a wildlife photographer, Amboseli National Park Vegetation is a paradise blessed with a natural backdrop and breathtaking camping safari and who knows, he might click a “Photo of Lifetime” here.
Amboseli National Park Map – How to reach by Road and by Air?
- How to reach Amboseli National Park by Road: We can plan our trip either by two main roads –
- From Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi – Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate
- From Nairobi via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road passing through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate
- How to reach Amboseli National Park By Air: Only light aircraft at Empusel gate can land as there is only a single airstrip. There are a couple of other airstrips at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town
- Address of Amboseli National Park: 87X6+58 Ol Tukai, Kenya
- Contact details of Amboseli National Park: +254 800 597 000
- Timings of Amboseli National Park: 6 am–9 pm Every day! (No entry is allowed on foot)
Picture Gallery of Amboseli National Park
We planned our 2-day vacations to Amboseli National Park during the month of October, took the air route and opted for the campsite. We planned an evening safari and a morning safari the same day availing the same ticket. While on safari, we carried drinking water, binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and guidebooks. From the Observation Hill, we got a splendid view of the entire Amboseli National Park, worth the picture of a lifetime. Adding to this majestic view was the backdrop of snow-capped mountains of Kilimanjaro. We were surrounded by a large herd of elephants within 5 yards of our safari vehicle which gave way for some incredible pictures and selfies.
We didn’t see any killings but saw some aggressive confrontations between a pair of Lions & Buffaloes. It didn’t result in a blood bath as Lions surrendered to the wily Buffalo bulls & left the area. We were lucky to get a glimpse of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro which was always cloud covered except for a few beautiful moments.
Amboseli National Park is part of Maasailand and the Masais inhabiting have learned to coexist with wild and nature peacefully! The locals Masai, always smiling & ever helping, made our stay excellent, provided vegetarian food, a trip etched in memory!
Amboseli National Park is a must visit for Elephant Lovers!