Facts about Amboseli National Park
Facts about Amboseli National Park. Amboseli National Park is a beautiful Kenya national park located in Kajiado County. Amboseli National Park was formerly called the Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, and is designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Amboseli National Park Kenya is one of the most visited places in the world, and is the second most popular Kenya national park and tourist destination in Kenya after the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Amboseli National Park is a beautiful gem with stunning scenery and landscapes, including having a backdrop of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. With all the various wild game in Amboseli National Park, the park welcomes thousands if tourists every year, with most of them coming to see the big five African bush animals, including the large herds of elephants as they free-range in the park. Game viewing, game drives, walking safaris, hot air balloon safaris, bird watching, cultural encounters, among so many other Amboseli National Park activities can be enjoyed in the park by tourists who visit.
Some of the facts about Amboseli National Park worth knowing include;
- The name “Amboseli” is derived from the Maasai local dialect to mean “salty dusty place”, given the nature of the park, thus being called Amboseli National Park.
- Amboseli National Park is one of the largest Africa safari parks with a total size of well over 8000 square kilometres. The park enjoyed this status until when the seize was reduced to 392 square kilometres in a bid to give the locals around land to settle given they had nowhere to stay
- Amboseli National Park is the best place in the world to see free range elephants in large herds and against a backdrop of the Kilimanjaro Mountain, the highest peak in Africa.
- Amboseli National Park is the second most popular Kenya national parks in the country, second to Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Amboseli National Park has a number of distinct habitants say savannah, woodland, wetland, lakes and swamps all of which favour the life of various wild game thus a variety of animals found in the park.
- The variety of wild animals brings tourists to visit Amboseli National Park with the most common sightings being buffalos, zebras, cheetah, hyenas, elephants, mongooses, wildebeests, lions, giraffes, dik-dik, lesser kudus, hippos, crocodiles, among so many others.
- The best time to visit Amboseli National Park for game drives and game viewing is during the dry season when the vegetation is not over grown that wild game could be spotted even when still far off.
- Amboseli National Park has a backdrop of the Kilimanjaro Mountain, which makes pictures taken here post card worthy, especially with the giant mammals the elephants freely moving against it.
- There are over 600 Amboseli National Park birds which travellers can spot while on various activities in the park especially bird watching. Among the Amboseli National Park birds travellers may see include at least 47 raptor species, water birds, hammerkops, lesser flamingos, shoebills, among so many others.
- The best time to enjoy bird watching in Amboseli National Park is however during the wet or rainy season which time brings about the migratory birds escaping the winter months of Europe. It is also during the rainy season that there is plenty of food in the park for birds,
- Amboseli National Park is surrounded with Maasai people who live near the park, thereby giving tourists authentic cultural experiences.
- One of the most important facts about Amboseli National Park is that tourists are not allowed to get out of their safari vehicles during game drives for the danger the act brings given the abundance of wild life like lions and cheetahs in the park. Walking safaris in Amboseli National Park is however allowed though under strict supervision of the park rangers who are usually armed.
Amboseli National Park is a beautiful Kenyan gem worth visiting all throughout the year not with the variety of activities and attractions in the park that tourists can enjoy. The best time to visit Amboseli National Park for game viewing is however during the dry season which doubles as the peak season. The dry season has the vegetation short, and the wildlife pool in the small available semi-dry pools of water as they all scamper for a drink. The wet season or rainy season which is the low season is however the best time to visit Amboseli National Park for bird watching. It is during the months of November and April, the wettest, that migratory birds can be spotted thereby increasing the number of Amboseli National Park. Irrespective of one’s time of visit, tourists are sure to enjoy the wild life and stunning nature and landscapes of Amboseli National Park.
Amboseli National Park can be accessed by both road and air, with the Wilson Airport having chartered flights to the airstrip in the park within 30 minutes. For road transport, travellers are advised to use 4WD vehicles to manoeuvre the literally impassable roads especially during the wet season.
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