Africa is a land of immense natural resource, some of which still remains unexplored. Amboseli National Park in Kenya is a game preserve about 230km from Nairobi. It has a plethora of flora and fauna for the nature lover to identify and enjoy. It is also home to many species of wild animals most notably herds of African Elephants. Situated at the border of Tanzania, Amboseli boasts of having the best views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Kenya. If you are a backpacker, there are tour companies that offer guides and group hikes and photo safari trips. Amboseli is a nature park that will never fail to impress with its treasured assets.
Getting to Amboseli
The best way to reach Amboseli is to travel from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. It’s a 4-hour drive so make sure you plan your trip for a two or three night stay to truly enjoy the park to it’s fullest.
Where to Stay?
There is a host of state of the art, 5-star rated hotels situated at Amboseli. You would simply love the hotel having common fencing with the game park. You may enjoy to stay in tents which would give you a feeling of an adventure and save some money too.
There are various types of hotels, with varying facilities to suit your budget. Starting from a backpacker or ending in a luxurious suite, you may choose according to your budget. With that said, living in luxury tents will give you enough goosebumps, especially when surrounded by a bonfire. The nicer hotels and accommodations can be quite expensive, so we recommend planning ahead and finding a Travel Agent who specializes in Africa Safari Trips to hjelp you arrange your journey.
What Makes Amboseli So Unique?
When you reach the Amboseli National Park front gate, you will have to pay the entrance fees which is approximately $60 USD for foreigners and 1030 KSH for the Kenyan residents. You will also be charged an additional $3 per day for car parking.
The moment you enter the park from the gate you will view the lush greenery, undulating hills and herds of herbivores that make you feel like heaven on earth. Amboseli is unbelievably beautiful and you will see photographers and professional camera crews covering the movement of the wild animals. Visit during July to September to see the migration of animals. Maybe, if you are quite lucky you will get the opportunity to see the stunning moment of a lion hunt.
The Majestic View of Kilimanjaro
The view of Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen during the morning and the evening hours when there are no clouds in the sky or haze. It’s a great moment to view the ice-capped mountain peak. Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest point of Africa at an incredible height of 19,340 ft from its base. Many trekkers come here to climb the mountain every year to quench their quest for adventure. The scenic view of the sunset is subtly picturesque. Here the crimson color plays hue while the deep blue sky dominates the background to allow you to observe a battle of colors!
Home to African Elephants and Other Species
Amboseli is famous for the number of elephants it shelters. There is an elephant research center where veterinarians work day and night to keep the elephants healthy and happy! There are also other carnivores like the Topi, Elan, Dig dig, wilde beast, wild boar, lion, leopard, hyena, buffalo, giraffe and zebra.
Amboseli is said to shelter over 400 species of birds. You might not be lucky enough to see all 400 types, but you can get a glimpse of some of the common species like Ibis, Ostrich, Ardea, White Pelican and other migratory birds. There are separate trips available based on your preference like bird watching, walking trails or overnight camping and of course wildlife watching. Trekking to Kilimanjaro is of course something special and requires physical stamina and experience. However, combining camping and hiking and a photo safari is an incredible combination for the adventure travel tour of a lifetime.
If you’re incredibly lucky, you can even witness carnivore animals hunting herbivores. Lions and Hyenas and Leopards are very common here. Generally, the lioness will chase the prey which most often the older or young in a herd of animals. Once the Lioness takes the animal down, they take it to the group of other lions who start having a feast tearing the prey to pieces. While it is nature, I will say that if you’re weak of heart, don’t watch. This is a place where the rules of nature and jungle exist. The ecological food chain and survival of the fittest rule the land.
While the lions hunt, the Hyenas wait for the lions to finish and then nibble the leftovers. They are rightly called the scavengers. You will always find some carnivorous birds hovering over the prey.
Note that it’s mandatory for the tourist vehicles to reach their hotel by 6:30 pm. Ranger vehicle patrol in the areas to ensure the safety of the animals and the visitors. Don’t get astonished if you are fined or penalized if you don’t obey the rules of the game park including and especially the minimum distance you must keep from the animals.
Experiencing the Amazing Sunsets
There is nothing so thrilling than observing the sunset at Amboseli. Watch the sun getting eclipsed within the landscape part by part. The chirping of the birds is worth hearing, and it’s a pleasure to capture the entire scene of sunset.
Watch the riot of colors while the crimson shade wants to dominate the Prussian blue color of the sky. The Mount Kilimanjaro looks magical during sunset and sunrise. Although the snow has vanished a bit, the view is simply havoc and could be framed in gold in your memories.
Getting Pampered in luxury at an Amazing Resort
There is nothing like getting pampered amidst the wilderness. Rejuvenate your senses in the spa, dip yourself in the swimming pool or enjoy the sumptuous barbecued meat. There is nothing compared to watching the wild and enjoying the delicious food served by the hotel. You can take a walk along the hotel area, digest the food and get ready for another serving. Enjoy photography or just relax beside the pool reading your favorite novel.
Undoubtedly, it’s a unique experience to enjoy a wildlife safari tour in Africa. Watch the movement of the animals and enjoy the unspoiled nature. So if you’re planning to holiday your next break in Africa, I hope this article has given you enough desire to make that happen.