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|AMBOSELI INTRODUCTION :|
Very near from the capital city Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the third most visited wildlife park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve and Nakuru National Park. The visit can easily be done in a weekend.
In 1883, Joseph Thompson was the first European to penetrate the dreaded Maasai country known as Embosel (meaning dust in Maa) and he was astonished by the fantastic contrast between the arid areas of the dry-lake bed and the oasis like swamps - Read "Through Maasai land".
Gazetted National Park in 1977 in order to protect this unique ecosystem, the park is famous for being the best place in Kenya to spot elephants. Furthermore, it is a must to photograph the majestic Mt KilimanjaroN (5,985 m - 17,685 ft), the greatest single moutain of the world standing amidst large herds of elephantsN wandering in the swampsN.
|How to get there :|
From Nairobi, take Mombasa road up to the Athi river junction then take the A104 road going South to Namanga town (Tanzanian border). Just before the custom offices, take the small road on your left going up to the main gate (Meshanani gate - the only place where you can reload your Smartcard). The tarmac road is very good and the reparation of the non-tarmac portion is in progress.
Distance Nairobi-Namanga (A104) : 162 km (tarmac road) & Distance Namanga-Gate : 76 km (non tarmac).
From Nairobi, take Mombasa road upto Emali. Then take direction Kimana. Kimana gate is located at the East part of the park.
Distance Nairobi-Emali (A109) : 125 km & Distance Emali-Erimito gate (C102) : 96 km.
|AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK :|
The salted lake of Amboseli, most of the time dry, is a large area of dusty desert. Once you crossed this arid dry-lake bed, beautiful green swampsN, hidden nature's treasures irrigated by ground water coming from the largest single mountain of the world, Mt KilimanjaroN, offer an amazing ecosystem, a reminder of paradise and freshness.
The main attraction is the view of elephantsN grazing in front of the majestic mountain - only visible early in the morning or late afternoon.
The Amboseli ecosystem suffers a lot from its growing salinity but also from the large numbers of cars/buses driving off-track or forgetting park's basic rulesi, killing the little vegetation remaining. So keep the track and no off-road.
Most lodges are situated in the center swamp Ol Tukai and one public campsite is located at the South border of the park near the Observatory HillN.
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Altitude : 1,100 - 1,210 m (3,300 - 3,630 ft)|
Area : 392 km2
Localisation : South of Kenya at the Kenyan/Tanzanian border (District of Kajiado)
Distance : 238 km from Nairobi
Entrances : park has one main gate (Meshanani/Namanga gate), three secondary gates (Ol Kelunyiet, Erimito and Kitirua gates) and one airstrip.
Historic : Opened in April 1948 and gazetted national park in 1974, Amboseli is the oldest national park of Kenya.
Habitats : 5 different habitats (open plains, yellow-barked acacia forests, thorn-bushlands, swamps and marshlands).
The Warden : Senior Warden, Amboseli National Park, P.O. Box 18 Namanga - Kenya.
Tel: +254 (0)456-22251, Fax: +254 (0)456-22250, E-mail:email@example.com
o Splendid views of the mount Kilimanjaro & mount Meru.
o Maasaï Cultural conservation (projects, Kiminani).
o Large herds of elephants, black rhinoceros and birds viewing (up to 428 bird species).
o Springs, swamps and wells soaked all the year round.
|WILDLIFE/VEGETATION --> Just click on the name to see snapshots and a fact sheet of the animal...|
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|Bushbuck - Dik-dik (Kirk's) - Duiker (Abbot’s) - Duiker (Common) - Duiker (Harvey’s) - Eland - Gazelle (Grant’s) - Gazelle (Thomson's) - Gerenuk - Gnu (White-bearded) - Hartebeest (Coke's) - Impala - Klipspringer - Kudu (lesser) - Oryx (Fringe-eared) - Reedbuck (Bohor) - Steinbok - Waterbuck (Common) -|
|Other ungulates and mammals :|
|Buffalo (Cape) - Elephant (African Bush) - Giraffe (Maasai) - Hippopotamus - Hyrax (Bruce’s) - Hyrax (Eastern Tree) - Hyrax (Rock) - Hyrax (Southern Tree) - Rhinoceros (Black) - Warthog (Common) - Zebra (Common) -|
|Aardwolf - Caracal - Cat (African Wild) - Cheetah - Civet (African) - Dog (Hunting) - Fox (Bat-eared) - Genet (Large-spotted) - Genet (Small-spotted) - Hyena (Spotted) - Jackal (Black-backed) - Jackal (Common) - Jackal (Side-striped) - Leopard - Lion - Mongoose (Banded) - Mongoose (Dwarf) - Mongoose (Grey) - Mongoose (Marsh) - Mongoose (Slender) - Mongoose (White-tailed) - Ratel - Serval - Zorilla -|
|Baboon (Savannah) - Bushbaby (Lesser) - Monkey (Blue/Sykes/Diademed) - Monkey (Green Vervet) -|
|Others (rabbits, hares, insectivores) :|
|Aardvak - Hare (Cape) - Hare (Spring) - Porcupine (Crested) -|
|The national park is caracterised by a gradient of vegetation from bare and dry main lake in the north-western part to Acacia woodland (Acacia xanthophloea and Acacia tortillis) in the south-eastern part. Underground water from the Kilimanjaro upwells big swamps and marshes, rich in cyprus and cyprus papyrus, which provide water and forage for wildlife during dry seasons. The main vegetation of the plain is elephant grass, high tuff of whitish-yellow grass sometimes as high as elephants. Trees are absent in the plain as they suffer from the growing salinity of the soil and dry-up. Once dried, most of them are destroyed by elephants. Some preserved tree-areas have been fenced to protect the few woodlands remaining. Trees are mainly palmtrees and acacia trees. The greenest part of the park in the southern and south-western section (near the Iimbireshari hill) as the area is hilly and the vegetation is composed of scattered green bushes and dry grasses.|
|Smartcard is needed to enter. K.W.S. control within the park.
ENTRANCE FEES/DAY :
Source : K.W.S. park tariffs
Adult resident - 500 Kshs
Children resident - 200 Kshs
Adult non resident - 30 US
Children non resident - 10 US
VEHICLE FEES/DAY :
Less than 6 seat - 200 Kshs
6 to 12 seats - 500 Kshs
|CAMPING SITES & BANDAS/SELF-CATERING (in/around the park)|
|LODGES, TENTED CAMPS & HOTELS (in/around the park) Report broken link - Keep me up-to-date|
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