Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, is in Kajiado County, Kenya. The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km 2); in size at the core of an 8,000 km 2 ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The local people are mainly Maasai, but people from other parts of the country have settled there attracted by the successful tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps that makes this low-rainfall area, average 350 mm, one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 raptor species. The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semiarid vegetation.
Amboseli offers you the perfect opportunity to explore the park for its excellent Maasai giraffe, elephant herd, gazelles and if lucky, spot lions and cheetahs. For bird lovers the birding is excellent especially near the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close views of free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attraction of the park includes opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. All these makes Amboseli one of Kenya’s’ most popular parks.
0600HRS: Pick up and drive to Amboseli 4 Hrs drive
1000HRS: Arrive at Amboseli National park in time for a morning game viewing drive.
1300HRS: Have lunch at the observation hill while watching the hippos and elephants swimming and feeding in the clear pools below as you enjoy a panoramic view of the park.
1400HRS: Set off for a pm game drive as you leave the park. One can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
1800HRS: Arrive Nairobi. Drop off at hotel for onward arrangements.