Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is 260 km from Nairobi. It’s one of the oldest parks in Kenya, located near the Kenya/Tanzania border, at the foot of Africa’s highest snow-capped mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is a popular safari destination because of its rich wildlife population and excellent bird watching. Over 400 bird species live here, including crakes, and a variety of water birds like pelicans and kingfishers.
Amboseli was declared a National Reserve in 1968 and became a National Park in 1974. The park covers 392 square kilometers with a varied topography of acacia woodlands, swamps, rocky thorn bushes and plains. The park is renowned for its huge herds of African elephants which number more than 900. Amboseli is home to wild animals which include: wildebeest, lion, zebra, monkey, jackals, antelopes, leopard, cheetah, warthog, nocturnal porcupine, buffalo and giraffe.
The Amboseli territory belongs to the land of the Maasai, a legendary tribe of nomadic warriors and herdsmen. The Maasai community is well-known for maintaining their traditions and culture. The Maasai still live in the reserve surrounding the park, grazing their herds on the plains and moving their households to search for the best pastures.
The park provides the traveler with plentiful memories because it offers some of the best game-viewing opportunities in Kenya. Amboseli has sparse vegetation due to long dry seasons, providing open vistas for spotting animals. The climate in this region is dry and hot, even though it is sitting in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. The temperature varies slightly throughout the year. The best time to visit this park is in January, February and June, although there are animals all year long.