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AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

It’s one of only 2 premium game parks we have in Kenya. Amboseli National Park, with it’s abundance of wildlife, it’s magnificent view of the highest point in Africa and it’s landscapes is certain to satiate your appetite for the wild.

The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close.

The drive from Nairobi took about 6 hours. We used the Oloitoktok route and got in through the Kinama gate.

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Amboseli National Park
African elephant

Amboseli National ParkBest view of Mt. Longonot peak

I have found that a good way to travel locally while saving is staying at KWS bandas. I was first introduced to them while at the university when we stayed overnight at L.Nakuru National Park with a couple of tourism students. One gets to go on an evening game drive and still do a morning one, with one park entry fee. The accommodation is also pretty affordable; nothing luxurious but well maintained, clean rooms.
There’re obviously more luxurious hotels within parks for occasions that call for it.

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KWS Banda; my room
Amboseli National Park
KWS Banda bathroom
Accommodation at Amboseli National Park
Lunch is served at the banda lounge. We had cooks who prepared delicious food that was on a self-service basis

We woke up at 6:00 am for an early morning drive the next day. This incorporated a short hike up an observation hill with stunning views of Lake Amboseli.

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We left our vehicle for a short hike up Lake Amboseli viewpoint
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Entry to the viewpoint
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Amboseli wetlands
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Serenity
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Amboseli team

On leaving the park at about 1:00 am the following day, we passed by a Maasai village for a cultural tour.

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Reception at the village
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Entrance to the Maasai village
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Maasai village homesteads
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An array of natural medicines used by the community for different ailments. A local guide explained each one to us.

Amboseli overview


Wildlife: Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupin

Prolific birdlife
features 600 species

Landscapes/Habitats: Ranging from the bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.

Attractions: Wildlife, landscapes, Mt. Kilimanjaro’s peak, Contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle

Until next time,
Happy traveling!

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