Amboseli National Park is located 228km from Nairobi. The park is famous for its big game and its great scenery beauty. The landscape is dominated by the glistening majestic snow-cap of mount Kilimanjaro immediately to the south.
Open plains – extensive stands of yellow-barked acacia woodland; rocky lava strewn thorn-bush country; swamps and marshes; and at the western end of the reserve above Namanga, the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok and still for the most part zoologically unexplored.
It embodies five main wildlife habitats, plus a generally dry lakebed, Lake Amboseli. Elephants, lions and cheetahs are the main attraction.
The park can be reached by two main routes – the first is to Athi river then along the main Kajiado – Namanga – Arusha road, turning through the main gate at Namanga to Ol Tukai lodge 75km on. Distance from Nairobi is 240km (150miles). The second route is from Nairobi along the Mombasa road past Emali. Branching right and following the main Loitoktok road.
One of the most popular national parks in Kenya, Amboseli offers a wide range of accommodation: four luxurious lodges inside the park and a further two campsites. There are a number of small tented lodges just outside the park boundaries.
Main game viewing lies in the eastern half of the park, in the vicinity of Ol Tukai lodge and lakes Engoni Naibor and Loginya. Game includes elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, maasai giraffe and buffalo. Also common game is the zebra, eland, coke’s hartebeest, white-bearded Gnu, waterbuck, Thomsons and Grant gazelle and impala. Black rhinos are seen though occasionally as they are rare due to poaching in the mid-1970s. In the dry bush country towards Namanga you can find two interesting antelopes; the long -necked gerenuk and the fringe-eared oryx. In addition are smaller animals such as; black faced vervet monkey and yellow baboon, black-backed jackals, spotted hyena and bat-eared foxes which are often seen basking in the sun outside their dens.
Bird life is in abundance especially near the lakes and swamps where you may find water birds. The Madagascar Squacco Heron shows up in intervals and the long toed lapwing is a resident in small numbers. Yellow-throated, chestnut-bellied and black-faced, water in hundreds during the dry season.Birds of prey include the six species of vultures, the Taita falcon and the Southern branded Harrier eagle.
The Amboseli national park features Lake Amboseli, Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru, hills, tourist-tolerant elephants, all-year-round springs and waterholes, the indigenous lifestyle and culture of the Maasai and mirages during the dry season.