Compact in both size and wildlife, Amboseli National Park, Kenya 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. Finally, in 1974 it became a National Park. Today, an Amboseli safari is the perfect addition to any Kenya luxury safari.
Today, Amboseli National Park in Kenya is second only to the Masai Mara in terms of popularity. It draws 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. You can see them rising 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. An endless supply of underground water funneled from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap feeds two springs in the heart of the park.
Chyulu Hills National Park
Not too far from Amboseli is Chyulu Hills National Park, a small conservation area forming the natural border between the Maasai and Kamba people. Together with Amboseli, Chyulu Hills encompasses Maasai country. Here, the proud nomadic people have lived in harmony with nature for centuries. Enjoy unique interactions with the native people. These ancient volcanic hills are also perfect for walking and riding safaris. Discover 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 minibusses to disturb the experience.
A safari through Amboseli National Park pairs well with an experience in the Masai Mara. Contact Ker & Downey today to include an Amboseli safari in your next East Africa journey.