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Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, KENYA - KILIMANJARO’S ROYAL COURT

Amboseli lies north west of Mt Kilimanjaro, on the border with the Tanzania .It was established as a reserve in 1968 and Gazetted as a national park in 1974.The park covers 390.26sq.km² and forms part of the much larger 3,000sq.km² Amboseli ecosystem. Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in the dry season, making Amboseli popular tourist destination. It is surrounded by 6 communally owned group ranches namely olgulului, kimana,imbirikani,kuku,Selengei and Rombo .The national park embodies 5 main wildlife habitats (open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland) and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry. within this basin is a temporary lake, lake Amboseli, that floods during years of heavy rainfall.Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty-the landscape is dominated by Mt Kilimanjaro and floating elephants within the swamp.

WHAT TO SEE

Mt .Kilimanjaro

Visit Amboseli national park for fantastic views of Kilimanjaro the highest free standing mountain in Africa rising at 5,896m above the sea level.Its snow capped summit dominates the landscape and on clear day is easily visible during early morning and afternoon. It is a superb backdrop for wildlife photographs. Herds of Elephants against the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro . The park provides a unique habitat for approximately one thousand elephants. View visitors will go home without superb elephant images beneath Mt Kilimanjaro.

Ol Tukai

The heart of Amboseli woodland of ‘yellow fever trees’ and the doum palm know as OL TUKAI by the maasai and makindu in Swahili.A cool oasis of trees, Ol Tukai is a retreat for wildlife and greatly favored by elephants. ACTIVITIES OPTION

FACT FILE OF AMBOSELI

  • Altitude: 1150 meters sea level.
  • Area: 390.26 sq. Km²
  • Location: Loitoktok District, Rift valley province
  • Distance from Nairobi:250km
  • Gazetted: October1974.

Climate

The climate is mainly hot and dry.Amboseli is in the rain shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro.The maximum average temperature of the warmest month is 33⁰C during the day, while that of the coldest is 27-28⁰C. An annual rainfall of 300mm per annum is distributed in two seasons: April/may and November/December.Recurrent droughts and potential evaporation of 2200mm per annum typifies the region. Vegetation: Swamps are dominated by papyrus and Cyperus Immenses , the dominant plant species are Sporobolus ,grasslands, and acacia in woodland , and suaeda Monica in the bush land, Wildlife: Elephants, estimated at approximately 1500,buffaloes estimated at approximately 472, lions estimated at approximately 40. Reptiles:Monitor Lizards,Chameleons, Egyptian Cobra, python, puff adder, Black mamba. Birds: More 400 recorded species. Roads: The roads are well graded and maintained and signposted By Air: There are several airstrips in the park


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