Kenya is known for its large wildlife conservational efforts. It has 54 National Game Parks and Reserves with many more private owned sanctuaries. Amboseli is one of these beautiful wildlife heavens located in Kajiado County, approximately 230 kilometres from Nairobi CBD. The Park holds one of the largest wildlife populations in the country and its scenic offerings are almost unmatched. Below are some of the reasons why you should visit Amboseli National Park during your trip to Kenya.
As opposed to many National Parks, the Amboseli has an airstrip just next to the main park gates. This means that, instead of spending close to 5 hours on the road, you can easily take a 30-minute flight there. This option is favourable for people who do not enjoy long drives. However, there is a lot of scenery along the way, which you may enjoy when you opt for a drive down to the park.
Herds and more herds of Elephants
We do not know about you, but we are obsessed with Elephants. These majestic giants are as gentle as they are mighty. However, they have faced a lot of danger from poachers and hunters, so they have reduced in population in most Kenyan locations. Amboseli is one of the few places where you can witness the Elephants in their natural habitat, doing their thing. You will see them play, enjoy a mud bath, fight, sleep and simply be. Visit Amboseli for the elephants if not for anything else.
The ecosystems in Amboseli are abundant and healthy thanks to the high number of species that exist there. Aside from elephants, Amboseli is home to lions, cheetahs, buffaloes, giraffes and hyenas, impalas, zebras, among other smaller ones. You can be sure that the game drives are going to be breath-taking at the very least.
We know that birds are part of the wildlife, but they deserve a section of their own. Thanks to the diverse ecosystems and the presence of numerous water bodies, there are many land and water birds. Among these include egrets, eagles, vultures, flamingos, herons, pelicans and cranes. Ostriches are also large in number, so your bird watching experience is going to be nothing short of exciting.
The Maa Community
The Maasai are a community present in Kenya and Tanzania and are known for being the only community that has been able to hold to their traditions during and after colonization. The Maasai are a fascinating community for being authentic and indigenous in their ways. For this reason, they remain a major tourist attraction in Kenya. Visiting Amboseli will give you a one on one chance to talk and interact with them and simply bask in the glory of a deep-rooted culture.
Great Accommodation with a view of Mt Kilimanjaro
Mt Kilimanjaro is a snow-capped mountain in Tanzania that offers an almost enchanting background to Amboseli National Park. All of the amazing Amboseli hotels and lodges offer an amazing view of this mountain, which makes the experience even more enticing. The hotels are of the highest calibre, with various features meant to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.