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Why You Should Visit Amboseli National Park


The Amboseli National park is located in Loitoktok District which is in Rift valley Province of Kenya. The vegetation of the area is mainly Savannah grassland which is common in Kenya and Tanzania countries of East Africa. Many animals can be found in Savannah grasslands. The Amboseli National Park is well renowned for the high number of elephants that are found in it. The elephants at the Amboseli National Park can be viewed by visitors at close range and there are other wild life species.


The Amboseli National Park offers a great view of Mt. Kilimanjaro and one can easily spot the Masaai. The Masaai are one of the various tribes of Kenya who still preserve their culture and traditions. The Amboseli National Park is at the center of an 8,000 kilometers squared ecosystem located across the Kenya- Tanzania border. Amboseli National Park was originally known as Masaai Amboseli Game Reserve.


The Amboseli National Park is unique because it is considered to be small compared to other national reserves and national parks, yet it is home to over 50 species of animals, even when the weather is dry. The animals that can be found at the Amboseli National Park include; lions, cheetahs, leopards, buffalos, elephants and over 400 bird species. Water birds that can be found in Amboseli National Park include; Kingfishers, pelicans, hammerkops, crakes and various types of raptors. Amboseli National Park covers 392 sq kilometers.


Amboseli National Park is approximately 140 kilometers South of Nairobi, which is the capital city of Kenya. It is an approximately four hour drive from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park. Amboseli’s altitude is approximately 3900-4500 feet above sea level. Horse riding services are offered at Amboseli involves meandering through the vast woods to catch views of zebras, giraffes, baboons, impala, wildebeest and gazelles. Horse riders can also see herds of elephants as they go to waterholes to drink water. Hippos can also be seen at the edge of the water holes if it is at daylight.


The hippos usually hide from the heat of the sun during the day. This is usually a wonderful site that all visitors to the Amboseli National Park enjoy. There are thick bushes where most predators of the animal kingdom can be observed. Such predators include members of the cat family; lions, leopards and cheetahs. Hyenas can also be observed in such areas.


Most of the wildlife usually come out in the afternoon and can be observed near thick bushes. Horse riders can observe herds of elephants, herds of giraffes as they feed on twigs, hyenas, and jackal and even prides of lines can be observed usually lurking in the bushes. Tourists can take beautiful pictures of the wildlife as they graze.


The beautiful sunset can also be captured in photos as the horse riders wait for the nocturnal animals mainly predators to start coming out from their hiding places. This is usually done form far distances because even though there is sufficient security from the wildlife, risks are not taken. Visitors taking game drives are advised not to get out of their vehicles, not to harass the animals in the wild in any manner, to keep to the tracks that are already in place, not to do any off- roading and to know that the park is the home to the wild animals there fore they have the right of way in the park.