KENYAN WILDLIFE SAFARI PARKS: AMBOSELI NATIONAL RESERVE
135 Kms from Nairobi is Amboseli National Reserve covering 392 Sq.Kms.
Amboseli means “a place of water” in masai. This is in reference to the underground streams from Kilimanjaro’s snow belt. The springs converge into two clear water streams in the park.
Amboseli sometimes looks dry but to the surprise of many, the park has alot of water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock.
Amboseli is one of the most famous Kenya safari destinations and ies at an altitude of 3,900-4,500 Ft and the dust is volcanic ash which spread from Kilimanjaro a millennia 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. Amboseli is also famous for long-tusked elephant bulls and Plentiful plains game that includes zebras, wildebeests, giraffe, impalas and leopard. Smaller cats can be spotted also. Birdwatchers can see pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers, African fish eagles, martial eagles and pygmy falcons.
Opened in 1948, it an important land in the masai culture who still hold on to their traditions of thousands of years old. 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.
Accommodation is available in and outside of the park.