Located about a four-hour drive southeast of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is well known for its herds of big-tusked elephants.
A scenic park in its own right, Amboseli is synonymous with majestic herds of elephants and glorious views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania.
The reserve is an excellent place to view the Big Five, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hundreds of bird species, as well as lesser-known and rarer wildlife species.
In addition, the pyramid-shaped Observation Hill offers a 360° panoramic of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s peak and the park’s plains and swamps. It features a staircase curved from the volcanic rocks which are used by the tourists to reach the summit of the hill referred to as the observation point after they get out of their safari vehicles and have a refreshing walk.
The Park is also an excellent destination for birding-watching safaris in Kenya as it hosts more than 400 bird species in its savannah plains and forest galleries. The swamps around lakes inhabit water-associated birds while grassland areas boast of ground birds. Additionally, the acacia woodlands inhabit some of the dry country special birds.
Amboseli National Park comprises a chain of seasonal lakes namely Kioko Lake, Simek Lake, Conch Lake and Amboseli Lake. There is also a chain of marshes and swamps including Enkongo / Ngong Narok, Engone Naibor, Ol Tukai, Longinye and Ologinya / Ol Okenya which are important sources of water for animals.
A place of ever-changing landscapes, Amboseli samples acacia woodland, giant palm forest, dusty dry lake beds, volcanic plains, to lush, cool, green swamps fed by the snowmelt of Kilimanjaro.
Kenya’s second most popular national park was declared a UNESCO-Mab Biosphere Reserve in 1991.