Amboseli National Park, is in Kajiado County, Kenya and at the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The park is 392 km2 in size. It is in an ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. It was gazetted as a National Park in 1974 to protect the core of this unique ecosystem.
In 1991, it was declared a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. It is a low-rainfall area of an annual average of 350 mm.
It is 240 kilometers southeast from the capital city Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya after Masai Mara National Reserve. The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants
The park also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest peak in Africa.
Maasai community neighbors the park. Perhaps more than any other community in Kenya, the Masai have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment, and coexist and thrive together with the wildlife that surrounds them.
Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. Amboseli National Park is home to many species, including elephants, blue wildebeests, plain zebras, Masai giraffes, Masai lions, spotted hyenas, impalas, cape buffaloes, Thomson’s gazelles among other African animals.
Amboseli was home to one famous elephant named Echo, perhaps the most researched elephant in the world. It was followed for almost four decades by American conservationist Dr. Cynthia Moss.
In 2009 while in her sixties, Echo died a natural death.
Amboseli is also a host of birds, both large and small. Over 400 species of birds including water birds, pelicans, kingfishers, cranes, among others.
There are several Hotels and lodges that are based in the National Park including AA Lodge Amboseli, Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli, Kibo Safari Camp among others. Amboseli National Park receives more than 130,000 visitors in a year. This is one place one needs to visit and experience the wild.