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“Fantastic park!” 5 of 5 stars
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Amboseli National Park
Mageso Chember, Mazzanine Floor | Moi Avenue, Amboseli National Park 4139 _00200, Kenya
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Owner description: Amboseli National Park is a photographer's paradise thanks to the abundant wildlife such as lions, cheetahs, rhinos, and buffalo roaming under the shadows of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak. With its large concentration of African elephants, Amboseli National Park is a fantastic choice for a truly breathtaking camping safari, in front of the world's finest photographic backdrop.Day 1 Amboseli National ParkDepart early from Nairobi, venturing south to the famed Amboseli National Park. Stop at your camp to enjoy lunch before beginning your safari in search of lions, elephants, rhino, and other large game, with "Kili" providing the ultimate photo backdrop.Venture south to the famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop. Amboseli covers only 392 sq km, though despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem the park supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species). After lunch at your safari camp, spend the afternoon criss-crossing the park in seach of lions, buffaloes, elephants, rhino, cheetah, and of course the photo of a lifetime.A part of the park is composed of a dried-up lake bed which in the shimmering heat produces mirages. Swamps and springs, fed by underground rivers fromsafari camp, form permanent watering places for the wildlife through times of drought. The snows of Kilimanjaro form a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya's most spectacular displays of wildlife creating Kenya's most sought after photographer's paradise. The park's best game drives are around the swamps and there is a fine lookout on Observation Hill which offers views over the whole of the park and beyond.Years ago this was the locale around which such famous writers as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark spun their stories of big-game hunting in the wilds of Africa. In addition, the park that has been made famous by Cynthia Moss, the noted American naturalist and author who has one of the longest-running studies on elephants. You might even see some of the elephants that Cynthia has immortalized in her many books and award-winning film Echo of the Elephants.Day 2 Amboseli National ParkThis is your full day to enjoy Africa at its best - countless wildlife encounters through open plains spotted with flat-topped acacia trees. Before returning to camp, stop at a traditional Masai village for an optional visit to learn about the local Masai culture.This is your full day to enjoy Africa at its best - countless wildlife encounters through open plains spotted with flat-topped acacia trees. Before returning to your safari camp in the evening, stop at a traditional "Manyatta" (Masai village) for an optional visit to learn about the local Masai culture.Part of Maasailand, Amboseli National Park is thus the home of the Masai people, those tall, proud nomads whose legendary prowess in battle and single handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals has spread across the globe. 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. The park is surrounded by Manyatta quickly built out of bent poles and sticks and plastered with cow dung and equally swiftly abandoned when the grazing is finished and the herds must move on.Day 3 Amboseli National ParkRise early for a final morning game drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the afternoon, where your safari ends. Rise early for a final morning game drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the afternoon
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“Fantastic park!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We visited the park for one day and we had a great experience. We saw hippos, cheetahs and
We were also lucky enough to see both Bateleur and a juvenile Martial eagle. We also saw many other raptors which we didn't see at Masai Mara. The elephants in the swamp were amazing too as were the pride of lions that had just eaten.

The roads are quite dusty but we were lucky enough to be provided with coats by our safari provider. We had lunch here and were able to climb the observation hill to take in the amazing views.

It's a completely different experience from visiting Masai Mara GR so it's not worth the comparison. For a start there are far fewer vehicles and as previously stated, we spotted more bird life here. Overall we're glad we visited Amboseli NP!

Visited August 2013
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“Land of the elephant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Our visit to Amboseli was on the second day of our 4 day safari with JT (Julius Tact) Safaris who are excellent (reviewed seperately). The drive in through the Maasai lands to the gates of Amboseli is rather dusty and bumpy but is quite an experience, all over the plains you can see mini tornedos whipping up the dust. This is a beautiful place and is famous for it's views and large population of elephants and other wildlife. In the centre of the park there are marshlands which are visited by many animals and a bit unfortunately by loads of tourists in vans. For the beauty of the place it is worth it.

We stayed at Ol Tukai Lodge which is excellent with an amazing view of Mount Kilimanjaro (reviewed separately).

Visited September 2013
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“Saw the BIG 5!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We did a ground transfer to Amboseli from the Chyulu Hills, and saw so many animals on the way. Amboseli is a controlled environment to see the animals in their native habitats.

Visited November 2012
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“An excellent place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

An excellent place to visit if you like nature and animals. Amboseli National Park is famous for Kilimanjaro Views and Elephants.

Visited October 2013
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“African Safari”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro at dawn. Great variety of wild game to view. Daily charge to enter park. Several lodges inside park to stay at with Safari options.

Visited October 2013
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