No country in world can provide the wildlife viewing experience like the one Kenya can. Its national parks have become the epicenter of the wildlife tourism and thousands of tourists flock them each year for a memorable experience in midst of some stunning landscapes and exotic wildlife. Masai Mara is of course the premier national park of Kenya with the Big Five animals of Africa and the fascinating culture of Masai tribesmen living close to it. But there is another national park of Kenya that needs much more attention from the tourists then it usually gets, it’s the Amboseli National Park in central Kenya. Although it is the second most visited park of the country but the tourist traffic here is far less than what Masai Mara gets each year.
The Amboseli National Park has a beautiful setting because of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro looming over it and lush jungle spanning in and around the park. The area is so rich in wildlife that you will find more than 400 species of birds in the park including Kingfisher, Hammer kops, Pelicans and different water birds as well as 47 types of raptors that combine to provide an awesome view to the beholder. Located just 140 kilometers from the capital Nairobi the park is easily accessible by the road. After taking a cheap flight to Nairobi you can hire a car through your hotel in the city or get a seat in the regular bus service for getting to the Amboseli National Park. The entrance fee for both adults and children to the park is around 30 USD per person and you have to pay it on the gate. For exploring the park properly you can hire the services of an experienced park ranger along with a 4WD to take you to different parts of the 392 sq km of the park.
Even if you choose to explore the park by your self in your own car, the park rangers will give you a short briefing on what to do and what not to while you are in the park. Most of them are common sense rules like not to get out of the vehicle in the park unless you are in a designated spot or not to harass the animals because that can lead to them acting violently towards you. The most famous attraction of the park is the free roaming elephants; Amboseli has the largest number of Elephants per sq km than in any other national park of Africa. The other big animals of Africa in the park include the lions, cheetahs, wildebeest, buffalos, giraffes and zebras. What makes Amboseli so special is the large swathes of barren patches through out the park that provide excellent opportunity to witness these animals unlike most other parks where the animals are mostly hidden in the lush vegetation.
There are a number of resorts in the park that caters to tourists with all kinds of budget, ranging from luxurious lodges like Ol Tukai Lodge to some offering cheap accommodation. As the park is just 2 hours drive from Nairobi so you can decide to take a one day tour of the park but to do justice with the beauty of Amboseli we recommend at least two night stay in the park.