Amboseli Wildlife: Amboseli is one of the famous Kenya national park and offers a remarkable wildlife viewing. The park is famously known to protect large elephant herds which can be highly spotted in here on you on your Kenya safari. Amboseli national park has a big safari animal that make up four of the big five which are present and such wildlife species include buffalos, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, lions, hyenas, leopards, the plains also support a large herbivores species such as wildebeest, grant’s Burch ell’s zebra and Thomson’s gazelle among others.
In spite of the fact that Amboseli is one of Kenya’s most tourist attractions park for safari exploration and tourists flock the area during the months between July and October. Furthermore, the park lies in the Southern province of Kenya in the shadow of the majestically stunning Mount Kilimanjaro combined with thrilling scenery of prolific game wildlife roaming its plains.
The park covers an area of 392 square kilometers within the Rift Valley province and it was established as a national park in 1974 and declared as the biosphere UNESCO heritage site in 1991.
The Eco-system and Wildlife of Amboseli
Amboseli Eco-system is composed mainly with open savannah and grassland plains but there is other various habitat which also include dry lake beds, marshland, swamps, acacia forest thick thorn bush. Due to volcanic ash from the eruptions of Mount Kilimanjaro that happened million years ago form heat –wave mirages during dry season thus inspiring the name “Amboseli” meaning ‘’salty dust’ ’in Maasai language. And since the park contains water springs and their magnetism attracts famous diversity of wildlife and birdlife species that can be experienced by the tourists.
Wildlife Highlight in Amboseli National Park
Amboseli’s highlight species are the larger herds of elephants that roam the dusty plains of Amboseli in the morning and evening. During day time the elephants mostly spend their time foraging in OI OKenya swamp. Amboseli’s elephants carry impressive ivory and they like relaxing around the cars.
The national park is truly described as African best place to observe family group of elephants. Besides that, Amboseli national park is a home of 60 animal’s species such as Gravy’s and Burch ell’s zebra, eland, white bearded wildebeest, buffalos, hippos, giraffes, jackal, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle and impala. If you’re lucky enough you can come across big cats such as lions, hyenas and cheetahs.
The water springs within the park also attracts a variety of bird species like kingfishers, crake egret, pelican among other species since amboseli national park is also a rewardable place for birders hosting more than 600 species and 47 bird species are said to be raptor.
Accommodation Options in Amboseli national park.
Amboseli offers both lodges and camping site which provides comfortable stay on plains of Amboseli. Like Porini Amboseli Camp offers panoramic views of Mountain Kilimanjaro of which it contains 9 tents.
Comfortable lodges which were built on chyulu Hills that divides Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks and such lodges are OI Donyo Lodge, Tawa lodge, Amboseli serena safari, OI Tukai lodge many more.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing in Amboseli
Amboseli national park can be visited all year around but the most gainful wildlife viewing is the dry season that starts from June to October and December to January. This is the best time to see wide number of animals gather around the marshes and other water sources in the park. When its dry animals tend to cross the sandy plains and go where there’s lots of dust, offering clear photography experience when the light is low.
The park lies an hour’s flight from Nairobi –Wilson Airport or 4hours drive from Southeast of Nairobi city to reach the main safari destination ‘’Amboseli’’.
Visit Amboseli national park a true natural gifted safari destination and encounter a wide range of African mother animals ‘’Elephants’’ other stunning wildlife species with rewardable view of ice capped Mt Kilimanjaro famously known as African Highest Mountain, on wildlife viewing you can as well visit the Maasai community. The time is now to book your tour packages in Amboseli.