The Amboseli national park formerly known as Masai Amboseli game reserve and second most popular park to Masai Mara national park in Kenya lies on a 39,206 hectares of land and is found in the rift valley province of Kenya in Loitoktok District. The park is commonly known for being the best game park in Africa for great views of the biggest mammals on land that is the elephants.
Amboseli National Park covers 392 square kilometres (151 square miles) and has a mixed topography of plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush, swamps and marshes. This diversity, along with a long dry season, ensures excellent viewing of the large concentrations of African animals living in this natural habitat.
Amboseli was set aside as the “Southern Reserve” for Maasai in 1906 but returned to local community members as a Game Reserve in 1948 because of the successful tourist economy based on the wildlife viewing experiences in the world with over 400 species of birds like kingfishers, etc and different animal species and the intensive agriculture along the swamps.
Animals in Amboseli national park
Amboseli national park is the habitat to several wild species and gives you an opportunity to see the African elephants, buffaloes, impalas, lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and many more.
Other attraction activities in the park include bird watching, visiting the Maasai people and spotting of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at clear views.
How to get to Amboseli national park
The road from Nairobi to Namanga (240km/149 miles) is tarmac, but becomes rough with potholes from Namanga to the Meshanani Gate. Access from Mombasa is generally best through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate. Amboseli National Park has gates at Kelunyiet, Iremito, Ilmeshanan, Kitrua and Airstrips.
By Air: A chartered light aircraft may land at the airstrip at Empusel Gate. Other airstrips exist at Namanga and Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge. You can also book a scheduled flight departing from Nairobi to Amboseli national park.