(This week is a guest post from my friend Ratia, who brings us a little something from Amboseli).
Amboseli National Park is situated in Loitoktok District, approximately 240 Km from Nairobi (capital city of Kenya). The ecosystem is dominated mainly by savannah grassland ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.
The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Due to rising cases of poaching especially in the Tsavo National Park, most of the elephants have crossed over to Amboseli to find refuge.
As the second most popular national park in Kenya, you can be sure to find the big 5. The park is also home to about 400 bird species such as pelicans, crakes, kingfishers, water birds, hammerkops among others.
Amboseli offers the most spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro lies in Tanzania as it straddles the Kenyan/Tanzanian border. An extinct volcano, Kilimanjaro’s snow covered peaks rise to a height of 19,340 feet (5895 meters), making it the tallest free-standing mountains. Kilimanjaro’s awesome mystique as it towers over the great Rift Valley has inspired countless artists, poets and writers, one of the most famous of which was Ernest Hemingway who wrote The Snows of Kilimanjaro.
Elephants abound in Amboseli, and congregate in large numbers in the marshes especially during the dry season.
The sunset in the park was breathtaking. Be sure to have a fully charged camera so as not to miss it. I managed to take this shots just before my camera died.
Amboseli National Park is a place that I would highly recommend. However, in order to make the most of your visit, plan a couple of days to enjoy the wildlife and the great scenery of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
- By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi – Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate. The other road is from Nairobi via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
- By Air: Airstrips: The park has a single airstrip for light aircrafts at Empusel gate. Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town
For more details see KWS.
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