Resting on the border of Tanzania, Kenya's
Amboseli National Park spans 392 square kilometers of diverse
wildlife habitat at the core of 3,000 square kilometers of an
ecosystem that spreads across both countries. Amboseli is the
third most visited game area in Kenya. This stunning safari
location contains five different wildlife habitats: open
plains, acacia woodlands, rocky thorn-bush, swamps and
marshland. The dramatic, towering backdrop of Mount
Kilimanjaro is also a spectacular sight.
In 2005, the control of the park was
transferred to the Olkejuado County Council and the Maasai
Tribe. All proceeds for the park now go directly to the Maasai
community. In addition to the abundant wildlife, the
interesting cultural interactions with the Maasai draw
tourists and safari lovers to Amboseli.
Joseph Thompson, the first European to
venture into this feared region in 1883, was astonished by the
fantastic array of wildlife. He also noted the contrast of the
arid regions of dry-lake beds and the oasis of swamps. This
dramatic contrast is still evident today.
Amboseli National Park is famous for being
the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging
elephants. The park is a popular safari destination because of
its rich wildlife, natural beauty and easy access. Over 400
bird species as well as large populations of big cats and
herbivores populate the grassland savannah and limited swampy
areas lined with forest shrubs. An estimated 80 different
mammals can be found in this region!
Separating the Amboseli plains from the
Tsavo plains is the striking Chyulu Hills National Park. This
collection of ancient volcanic cinder cones creates a
tremendous variety in the Kenyan landscape. Within the park
lies the longest lava tube in the world, formed by hot lava
flowing beneath a cooled outer crust, and the most recent
volcanic peak formed in the hills is only 500 years old.
Popular wildlife in this region include buffalo, bushbuck,
eland, elephant, leopard, warthog, wildebeest and zebra.
Visit Amboseli National Park or the Chyulu Hills National Park on
our Maasailand Safari or the Exclusive Kenya Safari