Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park Nairobi

When I say Botswana, South Africa and other African countries also have some great national parks then that does not mean that I am saying Kenya and Tanzania have lost their edge in the game viewing industry They are still the fore runners when it comes to travel destinations that can provide some awesome safari experiences, but the fact is that Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park get so much attention in the travel magazines and websites that people start thinking that there is no other magnificent national park in Africa. Both Masai Mara and Serengeti are awesome and are surely worth visiting but so are the other national parks of these countries. Take Amboseli National Park in the central Kenya for example, it has all the big five animals of Africa plus many more other species of birds and animals and it is the second most visited national park of Kenya but yet the tourist traffic to Ambosseli is far les than that of Masai Mara.

The natural settings and landscape of the park itself makes it worth visiting and if you couple it with the high concentration of lions, zebras, leopards, buffalos, elephants, giraffes and antelopes then you get a national park that no safari enthusiast will want to miss out on. There is no major airport in the vicinity of the park so you will have to take a cheap flight to Nairobi the capital of the country and then you can hire a car or better a 4wd for the rest of the journey. At the gate of the park you will have to pay a fee of 30 USD which is far less than what you are charged for entry to Masai Mara.

After getting registered you can hire the services of a park ranger to take you on a guided tour of the park. Hiring the services of a ranger can benefit you in many ways firstly it is for your own security as the ranger will know what to do if an unexpected danger comes up and secondly rangers know the park and its wildlife so well that they will know where to find the highest concentration of animals so that you can get the best safari experience.

You can also explore the 392 sq km of Amboseli park by your self but before that you will have to go through a small briefing conducted by the park rangers that will let you know of do’s and don’ts of the park and it will be wise of you to follow these instructions as these are for your own safety and also for that of the animals. Amboseli has more numbers of elephants per kilometer than in any other African national park and the numbers of other animals are also high so it will be a rare thing if you miss out on any one of them. There are quite a few resorts in the park that provide accommodation and other facilities to the tourists at competitive price but you can also decide to camp out in the park with the ranger’s permission.

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