- GENERAL INFORMATION
Amboseli is one of Kenya’s oldest and most-visited parks. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attraction of the park includes opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, which, at 5,896 metres, above sea level is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Comparatively compact, the park is dotted with a series of bright green swamps, in which great herds of elephants can often be seen half-submerged amongst the papyrus grasses. It is an area of low scrubby vegetation and open grassy plains, all of which makes for easy game viewing. As renowned for its photo-opportunities as it for its large elephant population, Amboseli remains one of THE great safari destinations. Established as a reserve in 1968 and gazetted as a National Park in 1974.
Area: 392 sq km.
Hot and dry, the park lies in the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Temperature ranges from 20-30 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm
Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December
Vegetation: semi-arid acacias and grasses with papyrus sedges in the swamplands.
Includes: lion, cheetah, leopard, African wild elephant, plains zebra, hippo, spotted and striped hyena, jackal, Masai giraffe, oryx, wildebeest, gerenuk, impala, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle.
Birds: more than 425 species have been recorded. There are pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, lilytrotters, egrets, hammerkops and the rare Madagascar squacco heron can sometimes be seen. So far, 47 raptors have been identified, including the rare taita falcon and southern banded harrier eagle.