Location of Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is situated 140 km south of the capital city Nairobi and it is neighbored by Tanzania. This park covers a total land area of 392 sq km and the neighboring area is inhabited by the nomadic Masai people who translate ‘Amboseli’ to ‘salty dusty place’ in their local language. There are 5 gates that enter into this park, and these are: the Airstrip gate, the Kulunyiet gate, Iremito gate, Meshanani gate as well as the Kitirua gate.
The weather in Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli area experiences 2 rains seasons every year, the long rains come for only 2 months starting in March to the end of April while the short rains that start in November to the end of December also fall for only two months resulting into an average amount of rainfall between 200mm and 700mm.
On a clear day, you can be able to clearly see the towering Mountain Kilimanjaro right from the park. This is a very breathtaking view as a background to a number of the stunning wild animals which can be seen here. Mountain Kilimanjaro is best viewed in the morning, there gives the motivation for a game drive in the early morning.
Wildlife in Amboseli National Park
The National Park is habitat to the renowned ‘big 5’ including the black rhinos, cape buffaloes, elephants, leopards as well as masai lions. This park not only hosts the big five, but wildebeests, cheetahs, plain zebras, crocodiles, giraffes as well as hyenas.
You will as well find an impressive array of bird species living within the park boundaries such as the secretary birds, pied kingfishers, great white pelicans, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles, crowned cranes, and the lilac-breasted roller which is the national bird for Kenya,.
Below are some of the accommodation options available in Amboseli National Park
Amboseli Sopa Lodge; this facility is surrounded by the verdant woodland outside the Kilimanjaro area. It has a restaurant plus two bars and one of them is Hemingway’s bar constructed for the safari legend. There are also two swimming pools at this lodge one for the children and the other for adults.
Amboseli Serena Lodge – this lodge was constructed in the style of a true Africa Masai village and built right infront of Mountain Kilimanjaro. Among the numerous amenities and facilities it has, there is a swimming pool with a great shade.
Ol Tukai Lodge – this offers chalet rooms which are beautifully furnished each having a private veranda. The decoration of this lodge is purely African themed; The area with the swimming pool in Ol Tukai as well has a poolside bar that is well stocked with different drinks so you can always enjoy a drink by the pool.
Tortilis Camp – This safari camp offers you a true safari experience with closeness to nature itself. to an original that you will get. Basic accommodation, but with an amazing view over the park and its wildlife!
Amboseli National park is the most ideal place to see wildlife such as the ‘big five’ with the legendary Mountain Kilimanjaro in the background. Although after choosing Kenya to be your safari destination for your vacation, it is normally very challenging to narrow down which National Parks or Game Reserves to visit, however with the information above, certainly Amboseli will be on your choice of parks.