Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park is famous for its big game among the other Kenya National Parks. Amboseli consists of an area of 392 square kilometers and it has gained its new name Amboseli National Reserve. Before the park was under the Kenya Government Arm and later been handover to the Olkejiado county council which is formed of a coalition of Maasai communities who have lived in and around the park region for centuries. The revenue generated by the park is therefore subject to these communities.
Amboseli is accessible from Nairobi by two main routes. The first route is from Nairobi along the main Mombasa road to some 16 km past Emali, then branching right and following the main Loitokitok road total mileage from Nairobi is 228 km (142 miles). The second is to Athi River and then along the main Kajiado-Namanga-Arusha road, turning left through the National Park main gate at Namanga to Ol Tukai Lodge total mileage from Nairobi is 240 km (150 miles).
Apart from the sanctuary of wildlife the park is perfect for panoramic view of the highest free standing mountain in the World the Mountain Kilimanjaro at 5895-meter on clear days. Despite the fact that its small size and its fragile ecosystem it supports a wide range of mammals, well over 50 of the larger species, and birds with over 400 species.
A part of Amboseli National Reserve is composed of a dried-up lake-bed that in the shimmering heat produces mirages. Swamps and springs, fed by underground rivers from Mountain Kilimanjaro is melting snow, form permanent watering places for the wildlife through times of drought.
However the park accommodates different wildlife among the just a few to mention are the Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, African Buffalo, Black Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Plains Game, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Hippos. Other animals also seen are wildebeest, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, gerenuks, and gazelles.
The birdlife of the Amboseli National Reserve is equally abundant, especially in the vicinity of the lakes and swamps where a great variety of water birds my be seen, these includes the yellow-billed egret, night heron, goliath heron, white stork, eagles, yellow billed duck, the Madagascar squacco heron, vultures just a few to mention.
With an early organized safari Amboseli offers a well worth it and attractive Amboseli Kilimanjaro balloon safari. This activity is more or less as the other hot balloon safaris which are conducted in parks and reserves such as Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, Serengeti National Park and Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.
In normal circumstance the safari starts early in the morning and end up with breakfast at the bush land of Africa. The only difference it the scene depending on the area of flying. With Amboseli you will enjoy the view of Mount Kilimanjaro when there are no clouds covered as well as the wildlife and birdlife.