GUIDE ON AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK IN KENYA
Driving along a wild road in a 4x4 safari vehicle with an experienced Maasai guide who eloquently and expertly describes the flora and fauna of Kenya's southern bush country – this is exactly how you imagine your authentic AfricanMecca safari in Amboseli National Park. Savannah plains stretch to the horizon interrupted only by the iconic shape of Mount Kilimanjaro and the distinct flat-topped shape of acacia trees.
A graceful giraffe wraps a long, tough tongue around the thorny leaves while her youngster suckles for a warm morning meal. The trumpet of an elephant draws your eye just beyond this delightful scene where you see a bull chase away a frisky and playful calf.
Your guide stops the vehicle and points to a cloud of dust in the distance, describing the hunt that has begun. A herd of impalas and wildebeest grows restless, and you notice the stalking form of the fastest land animal on the planet – the cheetah. You are mesmerized by the action and await the heart-pounding chase that will ensue.
Your anticipation grows as you see the graceful cat edge ever closer to a vulnerable impala. Suddenly, the cheetah sprints, and the fast herbivore runs away, quickly changing direction in a futile effort to escape the prowess of a female predator that has venerable cubs to feed and hide away from other opportunistic predators like the hyenas.
The Amboseli outback is a majestic landscape where events such as these unfolds every day across the 392 square kilometers (151 square miles) of protected wilderness. The park borders Tanzania and is situated at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, and the melting snow flows into underground springs that feed the swamps and wetlands that dot the plains.
These water sources attract animals of all sizes, the most sought-after being– the free-roaming elephants, but you may also see elands, waterbucks, grant's gazelles, warthogs, coke's hartebeests, zebras and other grazing herbivores. The abundance of large prey supports lions, leopards, civets, wildcats and other elusive hunters, as well as jackals, hyenas and other scavengers. Your guide will also help you locate and identify yellow and olive baboons and black-face vervet monkeys.
A bird watching vacation in Amboseli Park gives you the chance to record your observations of commonly sighted grey-crowned cranes, superb starlings, beautiful sunbird, secretary bird and several more of the 425 feathered resident and migratory species. One of the best vantage points that will give you a true appreciation of the immense natural beauty of Amboseli is the Observation Hill, a perfect location for sundowners, and the stunning sunsets are not to missed by photographers.
The proud Maasai people continue to live outside the park borders, following their ancient traditions and tending to their cherished cattle. AfricanMecca Safaris highly recommends that you visit an authentic village during your exploratory cultural tour in this expanse of East Africa.
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WHERE TO STAY IN AMBOSELI
Amboseli has varied accommodations, from the bush luxuries of Tortilis Camp, deluxe experiences of Satao Elerai to the modest Kibo Safari Camp. If you prefer a safari lodge, stay at Amboseli Serena.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN AMBOSELI
Game drives in Amboseli provide maximal terrestrial coverage to see the greatest diversity of animals. Also available are bush walks and night game drives, though, available only in private conservancies.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT AMBOSELI
Little to no rainfall occurs during the dry season from July to October, and we consider this to be the best time of year to visit Amboseli Park; however, the rains bring renewed life to the plains.
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Jambo Raza, I think I speak for both of us when I say that this was one of the best trips of our lives. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable -- Steven, in Amboseli, was particularly outstanding.
Scott Aaronson - Associate Professor, M.I.T - Boston, United States
On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari to Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
Jambo Altaf, Many thanks for a brilliant holiday. Your choice of tented accommodation at the two Tsavos and Amboseli was superb, we didn't have a favourite. We would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone.
Geoffrey Topliss - Northampton, United Kingdom
The animals at Amboseli were amazing. We saw live wildebeest births, a pack of hyenas looking for a kill. Thank you to AfricanMecca for helping us plan the trip/honeymoon of a lifetime!
Holly & Michael Lapidus - New Jersey, United States
It was a terrific trip to the Masai Mara - Governors Il Moran, Amboseli - Satao Elerai, Zanzibar - Ras Nungwi & Zanzibar Serena Inn - one we will always remember. Thank you for everything.
Bow & Sandy Bowman - California, United States
Raza and AfricanMecca Safaris did an outstanding job with all of the arrangements lined up to help make our trip unforgettable. We do thank you from the bottom of our heart.
Kim and Mike Claiborne - Texas, United States
Our trip was outstanding. Amboseli National Park was one of our favorite places. There was a diversity of landscape, with marsh area as well as bush country. We saw numerous elephants close up.
Professor Donald S. Kisiel - Biology Department Suffolk County Community College - New York, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR AMBOSELI IN SOUTHERN KENYA
When visiting Amboseli National Park, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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