Compact in both size and wildlife, Amboseli National Park is nestled immediately northwest of Mount Kilimanjaro, spreading across the Kenya-Tanzania border. Originally, this park was to be a reserve when it was founded in 1968, but was finally established as a National Park in 1974.
Today, Amboseli National Park is second only to the Masai Mara in terms of popularity, drawing visitors from around the world to its incredible game viewing and iconic free-standing Mount Kilimanjaro views. Africa’s tallest mountain might claim Tanzania as its home, but Amboseli National Park continues to benefit from its picture perfect peaks, which rise almost four miles above the horizon into the clear blue African skies. Yet Amboseli is perhaps most famous for being the best place in Africa to get up close with free-ranging elephants and varied wildlife. The ecosystem is fed by an endless supply of underground water funneled from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap to two springs in the park’s heart.
Not too far from Amboseli is Chyulu Hills National Park, a small conservation area forming the natural boarder between the Maasai and Kamba people. Together with Amboseli, Chyulu Hills encompasses Maasai country—a place where proud, nomadic people have lived in harmony with nature for centuries and offer visitors unique interactions with the native people. These ancient volcanic hills are also perfect for walking and riding safaris, leading visitors through a Big Five playground where more than 7,000 individual animals—from cheetah and oryx to gerenuk and giraffe—make their home. The area’s exclusivity becomes even more apparent when one realizes that there are no other tourists or fleets of minibuses to disturb the experience.
Amboseli National Park is a perfect addition to any luxury Kenya safari and pairs well with an experience in the Masai Mara. Contact Ker & Downey today to include Amboseli in your next East Africa journey.