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AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

 
Background Information

Destination Highlights

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya's most popular parks. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
Amboseli is a land of giants, where huge herds of elephants stand strong against a dramatic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro. Easily accessible and with effortless wildlife viewing, this popular national park defies its size and offers an impressive safari experience.
Amboseli National Park’s accessibility from Nairobi (one hours flight or approx. four hours by road) is one of the primary reasons for its popularity. Located in the Rift Valley province of southern Kenya, close to the Tanzanian border, it also enjoys some of the most dramatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro – more so even than in Tanzania. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular in many national parks, but here, over Mount Kilimanjaro, are some of the best.
One of Kenya’s smaller parks, Amboseli’s ecosystem is primarily savannah – and the low-lying vegetation makes the wildlife easier to spot. The park has a large concentration of wildlife, particularly in the dry season. There are over 1000 elephants here, including some of the largest in Africa. As well as the huge herds, catch sight of buffalos and lions in the open savannah, rolling hills and swamplands. Other wildlife inhabiting the grasslands wildlife includes cheetah, rhino, waterbuck, zebra and warthog amongst others. Though largely dry and ... Read more
 
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Best time to visit

January and February are good months to visit Aberdare, as are June to September.March to May is the heavy rainy season and should be avoided because the roads become impassable.There may also be some access problems from October to December.

How to get there

By Road: The Park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the Eastern side and it’s 150 Kms from Nairobi. A road crosses the park through the lower slopes up to the Moorlands to connect with another one from Naivasha on the western side. Naivasha is 87 Kms from Nairobi .The Park Hqs from where you load your “Safaricard” is 15 Kms from Nyeri town, along the Nyeri – Nyahururu road. Read more