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Amboseli National Park

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Amboseli National Park, Kenya
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Amboseli National Park is a photographer's paradise thanks to the abundant wildlife such as lions, cheetahs, rhinos, and buffalo roaming under the shadows of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak. With its large concentration of African elephants, Amboseli National Park is a fantastic choice for a truly breathtaking camping safari, in front of the world's finest photographic backdrop.Day 1 Amboseli National ParkDepart early from Nairobi, venturing south to the famed Amboseli National Park. Stop at your camp to enjoy lunch before beginning your safari in search of lions, elephants, rhino, and other large game, with "Kili" providing the ultimate photo backdrop.Venture south to the famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop. Amboseli covers only 392 sq km, though despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem the park supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species). After lunch at your safari camp, spend the afternoon criss-crossing the park in seach of lions, buffaloes, elephants, rhino, cheetah, and of course the photo of a lifetime.A part of the park is composed of a dried-up lake bed which in the shimmering heat produces mirages. Swamps and springs, fed by underground rivers fromsafari camp, form permanent watering places for the wildlife through times of drought. The snows of Kilimanjaro form a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya's most spectacular displays of wildlife creating Kenya's most sought after photographer's paradise. The park's best game drives are around the swamps and there is a fine lookout on Observation Hill which offers views over the whole of the park and beyond.Years ago this was the locale around which such famous writers as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark spun their stories of big-game hunting in the wilds of Africa. In addition, the park that has been made famous by Cynthia Moss, the noted American naturalist and author who has one of the longest-running studies on elephants. You might even see some of the elephants that Cynthia has immortalized in her many books and award-winning film Echo of the Elephants.Day 2 Amboseli National ParkThis is your full day to enjoy Africa at its best - countless wildlife encounters through open plains spotted with flat-topped acacia trees. Before returning to camp, stop at a traditional Masai village for an optional visit to learn about the local Masai culture.This is your full day to enjoy Africa at its best - countless wildlife encounters through open plains spotted with flat-topped acacia trees. Before returning to your safari camp in the evening, stop at a traditional "Manyatta" (Masai village) for an optional visit to learn about the local Masai culture.Part of Maasailand, Amboseli National Park is thus the home of the Masai people, those tall, proud nomads whose legendary prowess in battle and single handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals has spread across the globe. Perhaps more than any other community in Kenya, the Masai have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment, and coexist and thrive together with the wildlife that surrounds them. The park is surrounded by Manyatta quickly built out of bent poles and sticks and plastered with cow dung and equally swiftly abandoned when the grazing is finished and the herds must move on.Day 3 Amboseli National ParkRise early for a final morning game drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the afternoon, where your safari ends. Rise early for a final morning game drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the afternoon
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We saw many animals in the park but not as many as compared to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Lots of elephants though. But after visiting Masai Mara, I would skip Amboseli. And you may want to wear a face mask, it was quite sandy...More

Thank VeronAng
Reviewed 6 days ago

I added Amboseli National Park to my itinerary as I wanted to see the views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, but really Mt. Kilimanjaro is quite far from Amboselli and the views from Amboseli is very distant. Since we were going to Masai Mara, I thought the...More

1  Thank SFO_2
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lots of animals and lots to see. Our guides were excellent and I can't speak highly enough of them. The park is very interesting and on a good day you get a great view of Mt. Kilamanjaro.

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The park is beautiful with naturality and minimum human intervention. A photographer's dream, so easy to spot animals here that one can only see in television.

Thank Ananyapal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This park exceeded our high expectations. We went on a late afternoon safari and an all day safari which covered the entire park. We saw lions defending a zebra carcass from hyenas. There were a lot of elephants in the wetlands along with hippos &...More

Thank Kylewag
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Forget Mara, Tsavo, Kruger...quite literally ever species (bar Rhino) in one place. There is every type of habitat from swamp, to savannah and the prevalence of elephant is overwhelming. Please please visit here. It is stunning.

Thank Gravesy5305
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The park is massive and very well maintained. You get to see so many species of resident birds/animals coexisting in their natural habitats. Best place to see the mighty elephant. The observation deck is a must visit where you get an aerial view of the...More

Thank seekender
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first national park visit in Kenya and we were just amazed. The first day we saw most of the types and that too in abundance. Never have I seen so many elephants, zebras and giraffes - an absolute treat. Loved Amboseli -...More

Thank NQTravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Paradise for elephants, hyenas, buffalos, and birds, all with a view of Kilimanjaro. All animals are easily visible and it is possible to get very close to them to observe them in their natural habitat. A small airstrip is in the park. One to two...More

Thank JaWestPalmBeach
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to see a lot of elephants and the Kilimanjaro, this is the park! Don't expect the big five or a big park for days of game drive.

Thank Jan U
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Response from rod w | Reviewed this property |
I took some great pictures with that sized lens, a Nikkon on fine definition. Am really pleased with the photos. Rod W
19 August 2016|
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Response from Nimisha P | Reviewed this property |
Only tour opeartor I am aware of is Pollman's. They may have it we used them from NBO to Ambosli. Pollman's drivers were very friendly and well knowlegble
12 August 2016|
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Response from FJ2205 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. You can only visit the park with a guide/driver, equipped car or van. No step out of the car during the game view is allowed. I did not see any private car. There are many operators around. Entrance fee is 70$ per... More
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