Kenya Travel Information:
Kenya National Parks
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East Africa is host to the largest animal on land: the elephant. Herds of these can be seen strolling the plains and it is from the
Amboseli national park where one can capture this breathtaking image. Amboseli not only boasts of this but from here, Mount Kilimanjaro can be viewed
exceptionally well in the early mornings and late evenings providing ambience.
The park is home to the Maasai community whose culture and values are
an attraction in itself, however this has been punctuated by adversity such as the reallocation of the park's land by the Kenya Wildlife Services. The park
was established in 1974 and covers an area of 392 km square. It forms part of the Amboseli eco- system covering an area of 3000km Square. It is located on
the border with Tanzania and Kajiado district, in southern Kenya.
Famous authors such as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark have based their works on
game- culture in the African wilderness from this park. Most lodges and safari camps in Amboseli are of world class quality
and are conveniently located in the parks.
2. Getting there
Amboseli is approximately 200km from
Nairobi and the usual route is via Namanga. The road is tarmacked up until Namanga from where the ride becomes rough. The other road is via Emali on the
Nairobi- Mombasa road. The park has a single airstrip for light aircraft with Air Kenya providing daily flights. The park can be accessed via five gates,
Kelunyiet, Iremito, Imeshanan, Kitirua & Airstrip.
3. Major attractions
Amboseli National park is generally not a large park but there is plenty
to see. The animal selection is vastly diverse. Elephants are a majority, the largest number in all Kenyan parks. The openness of the park has enabled
predators such as the cheetahs and hyenas to roam around. Other animals include hippos found in the swamps, wildebeest, antelopes, zebras, giraffes,
buffalos, and birds of all sorts.
Also to be seen is the aforementioned Mount kilimanjaro, which is the world's tallest freestanding mountain.
Mount Meru can also be seen enhanced by the observation hill, which allows an overall view of the park.
The Maasai community, one of the few
communities to have maintained their cultural practices adapting a few contemporary elements, attracts visitors both locally and internationally. Activities
in the park are mainly wildlife viewing. Most of Amboseli is flat and dusty with two swamps that provide sanctuary for the hippos. Vegetation has been mostly
affected by tourism itself thus tour vehicles are asked to stick to the legitimate roads.
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