Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park

Overview

Deriving its name from the Masai word “Amboseli”, meaning 'salty dust', the national park is one of the elite safari destinations of Kenya. To the west of the park is Lake Amboseli, the ephemeral lake that takes up quite a chunk of the park area, and appears after rains only to disappear for the rest of the year. Situated at only 260 kms from Nairobi, the Amboseli National Park is the second most popular safari in Africa. The 392 km2 park which forms a constituent of the much larger 3,000 km2 Amboseli ecosystem, is set against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and offers sights of a range of terrains from woodlands to Savannah, from swamps to rocky patches. It is home to over 900 majestic African elephants and more than 500 species of birds. Predators like hyenas, African lions, cheetahs, leopards etc coexist harmoniously with exotic herbivores like wildebeests, lesser kudus, zebras, monkeys, rhinos, giraffes etc. Except when they hunt for food! Because of the hot and dry climate the water bodies dry up fast resulting in sparse vegetation which is an excellent setting for game viewing. Gear up with binoculars, sunglasses and a hat to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime.

Bring your own food and water and other camping necessities cause the camps generally are not very well equipped. Evenings and mornings are the best time for game viewing as the hot noons are generally napping time for animals.

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