Amboseli national park is also known as the magical land of Kenya formerly known as the “Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve,” lies in the South of Kenya, North West of Mount Kilimanjaro that is situated on the border of Kenya and Tanzania, in the district of Loitoktok, Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The park derives its name from a Maasai word meaning “Amboseli" which means "salty dust"
The park is one of those that was established in 1974, covering an area of 392 square kilometers that is dominated by rocky thorny bush, acacia woodland, a Pleistocene lake, and swampy marshland. The parkland is home to large herds of free-ranging African bush elephants, large numbers of wildlife with an estimate of 80 different species. African buffalo, impalas, lion, zebra, and wildebeest among other African animals, among the animals the park is more famous for habiting a large population of elephants. Amboseli park is also home to a number of birds estimated to be 400 species which include African swamphen, Common redshank, Dickinson’s kestrel, Eurasian thick-knee, Greater flamingo, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Lesser flamingo, Long-toed Lapwing, Pangani longclaw, Rufous chatterer, Rufous-bellied heron, Spike-heeled lark, Steel-blue whydah, Taveta golden weaver, Von der Decken’s hornbill, Yellow-necked spurfowl and many more.
Enjoy the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with great scenery created by the backdrop of mountain Kilimanjaro, 400 species of birds, and hills where you can spot many animals and attractions.
Attractions at Amboseli National park
Amboseli national park is a protruding home for wildlife, and known for being the home to the largest population of elephants “the home for elephants”. Wildlife in Amboseli national park is concentrated in five areas of Lake Amboseli, savannah vegetation cover, Sulphur spring wetlands, woodlands, and open plains, including giraffe, spotted hyena, zebra, buffalo, blue wildebeest, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus, Thomson’s gazelle, impala, lion, cape buffalo and many more. These offer remarkable game drives especially during the dry season which is the best time to enjoy a game drive and see animals, the dry season happens occurs in the months of June to October.
Enjoy the great opportunity for photography when large herds of animals are crossing the sandy plains kicking up a lot of dust offering the best shot for any photographer on a safari with perfect views from the hills and at sinet delta.
With an estimated number of more than 420 species of birds in the park, Amboseli national park offers a great opportunity for bidders to a safari in Kenya, the park is a home for three categories of birds and these include;’ water birds which blossom in the swampy region of the park, grassland birds existing in savannah plains and forest birds active in acacia vegetation. Bird species in the park include African jacana, African swamphen, goliath heron, rufous chatterer, Hartlaub’s bustard, common redshank, Dickinson’s kestrel, Eurasian thick-knee, greater flamingo, Hartlaub’s bustard, lesser flamingo, yellow-necked, long-toed lapwing, Pangani longclaw, Rufous-bellied heron, spike-heeled lark, steel-blue whydah, Taveta golden weaver, Von der Decken’s hornbill, and many more.
Occupying the largest portion of the park is Lake Amboseli a temporary lake found in the northwest region from the delta. The Lake is usually dry most especially in the dry season though filled up during the wet season and at times it foods. The lake is a habitat to many animal species like elephants and is also used as a camping site by adventurous tourists who love camping while in Amboseli national park during the dry season.
Interact with the fascinating Masai people when on a safari in Amboseli national park visiting the Masai village is very much inevitable as it offers authentic African culture. encounter Masai cultural traditions including Masai dances, traditional songs, and their unique way of addressing that is similar to the Karamojong of Uganda, local dishes, and artifacts as well.
Masai gala and Masai Olympics organized in Loitoktok and kimana respectively and this is an annual event for 7 days where most of the culture, norms, and traditional practices of the Masai people are showcased annually.