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Amboseli National Park, Kenya

This park, situated approximately 140kms south of Nairobi on the border with Tanzania, is most famed for its large herds of elephants. Amboseli is the second most popular park in Kenya after Masai Mara, mainly because of the spectacular backdrop of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, which broods over the southern boundary.

Amboseli means salty dust in the Masai language. The 'salty dust' is volcanic ash from Mount Kilimanjaro eruptions thousands of years ago. During the dry seasons, a curious feature is the shimmering dry lake bed where false mirages of populated horizons, punctuated by real herds of zebras and wildebeests hover in front of visitors. The principal attraction in Amboseli is its vast herds of elephants within the park. The bull elephants here have some of the largest tusks in Kenya.

At 392 km² Amboseli is a small park and lacks the profusion of animal species found in the Mara, but the landscape provides limited cover, so there is good chance of seeing some of the larger predators. The vegetation used to be much denser, but rising salination, damage by elephants and irresponsible behaviour by safari vehicle owners has caused terrible erosion.

Buffaloes, lions, gazelles, wildebeest, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, warthogs, zebras, Masai giraffes and baboons are all present, but the last few black rhinos were moved to Tsavo West in 1995 after a sustained period of poaching. In the permanent swamps of Enkongo Narok and Olokenya, large elephant herds can be seen grazing with Kilimanjaro in the background - this is probably the definitive Kenyan wildlife photo.

Amboseli is an important rangeland in Masai culture. The ranch areas outside the park offer a wealth of game viewing and walking safaris. The Kenya Wildlife Community Service works closely with the local elders to develop eco-tourism attractions which benefit the indigenous communities and protect this fragile eco-system.


Photos of Amboseli National Park

 
Juvenile Elephant in Amboseli National Park
(photo by Nic Raven)
Juvenile Elephant in Amboseli National Park
 
Hyena on the prowl
(photo by Julian Mason)
Hyena on the prowl
 
Zebra with a backdrop of Amboseli
(photo by future15pic)
Zebra with a backdrop of Amboseli

Tours and Safaris to Amboseli National Park

Amboseli
days from $799 per person
Best of Kenya in One Week
days from $2,229 per person
Two Week Bush and Beach
days from $2,679 per person

Hotels in (or near to) Amboseli National Park

Wildlife you can see in Amboseli National Park

Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
Elephant
Elephant
Leopard
Leopard
Masai Lion
Masai Lion
African Hunting Dog
African Hunting Dog
Banded Mongoose
Banded Mongoose
Bat-eared Fox
Bat-eared Fox
Bushbaby
Bushbaby
Cheetah
Cheetah
Crocodile
Crocodile
Crowned Crane
Crowned Crane
Dikdik
Dik-dik
Duiker
Duiker
Eland
Eland
African Fish Eagle
Fish Eagle
Grant's Gazelle
Grant's Gazelle
Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican
Grey Heron
Grey Heron
Hartebeest
Hartebeest
Hyena
Hyena
Hyrax
Hyrax
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Impala
Jackal
Jackal
Klpispringer
Klipspringer
Lesser Kudu
Lesser Kudu
Lilac-breasted Roller
Lilac-breasted Roller
Malachite Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Martial Eagle
Martial Eagle
Masai Giraffe
Masai Giraffe
Masai Ostrich
Masai Ostrich
Oliva Baboon
Olive Baboon
Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Plains Zebra
Plains Zebra
Porcupine
Porcupine
Reedbuck
Reedbuck
Reticulated Giraffe
Reticulated Giraffe
Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird
Sykes' Monkey
Sykes' Monkey
Thomson's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Warthog
Warthog
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
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