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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park              
Amboseli lies immediately North - West of Mount Kilimanjaro close to the border of Tanzania. The Amboseli National Park was established as a game reserve in 1968 and gazetted as a National Park in 1974. The park covers an area 392 km2, and forms part of a much larger ecosystem of 3,000 km2. Large concentrations of wildlife occure here in the dry season, making Amboseli a populare tourist destination. It is surrounded by 6 communally owned group ranches.


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Amboseli National Park                     
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 Mount Kilimanjaro.

By Road
The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga ( 240 km) on the Nairobi - Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate. The other road is from Nairobi via Emali ( 228 km) on the Nairobi - Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.

By Air
Airstrips: The park has a single airstrip for light aircrafts at Empusel gate. Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.

Park Gates
-  Kulunyiet Gate
-  Meshanani Gate
-  Kitirua Gate
-  Iremito Gate
-  Airstrip Gate
 
Size and Location
-  390.26 Km2
-  Loitoktok District, Rift Valley Province.

Climate
-  Temperature ranges from 20-30 °C and rainfall from 200 mm – 700 mm.
-  Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December.

Safari Card Required
Entry is by Safari Card only. Safari card may be obtained and loaded at any KWS Safaricard office or at the Meshanani Gate. Proof of identification will be required.

-  Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID.
-  Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass.

Major Attractions
-  Large Herds of Elephants.
-  Mt. Kilimanjaro
-  Big Five
-  Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants,
-  Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose.
-  Contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle.

Wildlife
Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Plains Game, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- Dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine.

Birds
Prolific birdlife features 600 species.

Activities
-  Game viewing
-  Camping
-  Viewing Mt. Kilimanjaro
-  Bird watching
-  Photography

What to take with you
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.

Park Contacts
Contact Person: Senior Warden
Phone:   +254 (20) 600800, 602345
Fax:        +254 (45) 622250
Postal Address:  Amboseli National Park, P.O. Box 18, 00207 Namanga - Kenya.

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