Amboseli National Park
The Park covers 392 km2 and lies at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s’ highest mountain. Vegetation is mainly open wooded grassland and swamps.
The park has over 50 species of herbivores and carnivores, including an elephant population (whose individuals are known by name, age and sex!). Hundreds of bird species as well as reptiles and amphibians.
- By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi - Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate. The other road is from Nairobi via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi - Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
- By Air: Airstrips: The park has a single airstrip for light aircrafts at Empusel gate. Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town
- Kulunyiet Gate
- Meshanani Gate
- Kitirua Gate
- Iremito Gate
- Airstrip Gate
SIZE / LOCATION
- 390.26 Km2
- Loitoktok District, Rift Valley Province
- Temperature ranges from 20-30 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm
- Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December
SAFARI CARD REQUIRED?
Entry is by Safari card only. Safari card may be obtained and loaded at any KWS Safaricard office or at the Meshanani Gate. Proof of identification will be required.
- Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
- Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass
- Large Herds of Elephants
- Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Big Five
- Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants,
- Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose
- Contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle
- Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Plains Game, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine
- Prolific birdlife features 600 species
WHERE TO STAY:
- KWS Self – Catering Accommodation:
- Kilimanjaro Guest house
- Kibo Guest House
- Simba Bandas
- Nyati Bandas
- Chui Bandas
- Ol-Kilnyiet Public Campsite near Amboseli Park Headquarters
- Game viewing
- Viewing Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Bird watching
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
- Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks