Amboseli National Park Kenya
A day’s visit to this open elephant kingdom is as good as 10 days in most Kruger National Park. It has an ecosystem like no other in the world. Here, you will see Mt. Kilimanjaro soaring above a forest of acacia trees, with elephants matching past and perhaps a colorful hot air balloon floating beautifully overheard.
It is within easy reach from Nairobi and Mombasa thanks to well-tarmacked roads. You will see how very large herds of elephants live together like a family. You will see the circle of their life and you may be even catch sight of a calf being born.
As the sunset turns to gold in the evening, the air is filled with a fog of dust in which wandering elephants appear as ghostly silhouettes.
What else to expect apart from elephants
Here, the picture of harmony, with so many species of mammals grazing side by side comes to life. In addition to various antelope species, zebras and giraffes, Lions & cheetahs, too, are commonly sighted.
Despite having a small size of 390.26 sqKm, Amboseli is an iconic birding paradise with 420 recorded species. Among the species which can be seen for every square meter of the park include African swamphen, Yellow-necked spurfowl, Common redshank, Von der Decken’s hornbill, Dickinson’s kestrel, Taveta golden weaver, Eurasian thick-knee, Steel-blue whydah, Greater flamingo, Hartlaub’s bustard….the list goes on.
Masai cultural Tour
Away from wildlife, the other experience that can’t be missed here is a cultural trip to the local manyattas of the Masai tribe for cultural immersion. These tall cattle keepers are often draped in blood-red blankets and love to share their ancient ways of life.
Best time to visit Amboseli National Park
The park’s roads get quite messy in the wet season because they are made of earth. In other words, the drier months from June to September offer a more hustle free adventure. Even better, the vegetation is shorter in these months thereby allowing you to spot animals as far as the eye can see.