Amboseli National Reserve
Amboseli National Reserve.
Amboseli National Park, formerly Masai Amboseli Game Reserve is in Kajiado County, Kenya. The park is 39,206 hectares in size at the core of an 8,000 km2 ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border, one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 raptor species. Its magnificent situation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya’s animals, make it one of the most-visited safari parks in Kenya.
Amboseli is known for its large herds of free-ranging African elephants of about 900 African elephants, as well as huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including giraffes, African lions, monkeys, zebras, hyenas and antelope. one of the best wildlife viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 raptor species. About 240 km southeast of Nairobi, the Park is the second-most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve
Other wildlife commonly spotted in the park includes big cats, such as lion and cheetah, as well as giraffe, impala, eland, water buck, gazelle, and more than 600 species of birds. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here, ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulfur springs, Savannah, and woodlands. Look for the local Maasai people who live in the area around the park.
Activities in Amboseli national park
Amboseli is one of the best wildlife viewing parks in the east Africa, Apart from the African Big Five that comprises of lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos and leopards, the park have the African crocodiles, the zebras, giraffes, antelopes, monkeys and baboons, hyenas, ostriches, peacocks and many more.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Enjoy the tranquility of a balloon ride as you float above the plains watching the beauty found in the park ranging from the Savannah grasslands to Nyika plateau to the tropical rain forests to beautiful wildlife, the scene is breathtaking.
The Maasai communities that live in the surrounding area are the most popular ethnic group in Africa and have managed to maintain their culture in a country that has adopted the Western way of life. Their traditional dance is perhaps the second most popular after the Zulu dance in South Africa.
Amboseli National Park gives the beautiful backdrop of the scenic, ice-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world and Africa’s highest point. The African jungle is not as thick as the one in Amazon, giving it a peculiar warm look. In fact, the Savannah Grassland is the African equal of the rolling prairies of the Americas and a visit to the Park will be your ultimate jungle adventure.
Amboseli is a popular destination with bird species and is a home to more than 400 species of bird including rarer species such as the Madagascar Pond Heron, the Lesser Flamingo, the Lesser Kestrel, and the Shoebill.