Amboseli National Park – Wildlife Safaris & Self Drive Adventure.
Amboseli National Park Originally known as the Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve is located in Kajiado South Constituency, Kenya and is adjacent to Masai Mara National Park that is popular for the best wildlife Experience in Kenya.
Size & Accessibility
Located about 240 km (150 mi) southeast of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second-most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara.
Amboseli national park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi)in size at the core of an 8,000 km2 (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.
This park can be accessed by use of Flight as its located near to a small airport called the Amboseli Airport and that planning self-drive trips from Nairobi, check on the car rental services of Self-drive Kenya.
Vegetation Cover & People
The park protects two of the five main swamps and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semiarid vegetation.
The local people are mainly Maasai, but people from other parts of the country have settled there attracted by the successful tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps that makes this low-rainfall area, average 350 mm (14 in), one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 raptor species.
Wildlife in Amboseli National Park
The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet Maasai and visit a Maasai village. The park also has views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Amboseli National Park offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long, dry months. The protected area is home to African bush elephant, Cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, Masai giraffe, Grant’s zebra, and blue wildebeest
Park Rules for Self Drive Travelers
Amboseli National Park Management committee has several rules to protect the wildlife: Never leave the vehicle, except at designated spots; do not harass the animals in any way; always keep to the tracks; no off-road driving; and always give the animals the right of way.