- Altitude: 3,900-4,500 Ft
- Area: 392 Sq. Kms.
- Distance from Nairobi: 135 Kms.
- Opened April 1948
- International bio-sphere reserve
- Unrivalled views of Mounts Kilimanjaro & Meru
- Contemporary Maasai culture
- Excellent elephant & bird viewing
- Dry season herds of plains game
- Year round springs and waterholes
The endemic dust is volcanic ash which spewed from Kilimanjaro a millenia 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. The bull elephants here have some of the largest tusks in Kenya. Plentiful game includes: zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala and leopard. Caracal and serval cat can be seen. Birdwatchers can see pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers, African fish eagles, martial eagles and pygmy falcons.Amboseli is a place of stark contrast. Meaning a “place of water” in Maasai, Amboseli despite its sometimes dry and dusty appearance, has an endless water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s snow melt. These underground streams converge into two clear water springs in the heart of the park.
Amboseli is an important rangeland in Maasai culture. The ranch areas outside the park offer a wealth of gameviewing and walking safaris. The Kenya Wildlife Community Service works closely with the local elders to develop eco-tourism attractions which benefit the endigenous communities and protect this fragile eco-system.
One of the most popular parks in Kenya, Amboseli offers a wide range of accommodation within and just outside the park.