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    Amboseli Serena Lodge Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Serena

    Amboseli Serena Lodge is situated in the heart of Amboseli National Park and framed against the glorious backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m), between Nairobi and the Kenya coast, and is built to resemble a Masai 'manyatta' - or Masai homestead - and thus blend in with the surrounding bush. Serena Lodge Amboseli is a quality safari lodge in Amboseli Park, a wildlife park known for its views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. The Serena Lodge Amboseli design itself draws on Maasai cultural motifs, featuring natural woodcarvings, traditional artifacts and a selection of colorful local art. Constructed from ecologically friendly materials, Serena Amboseli Lodge design reflects the true essence of the African bush and this helps it blend into the landscape and work in harmony with the natural environment. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is located beside a shed of acacia trees near a natural spring, the park is famous for the herds of elephants, but it has virtually every common species of East African wild including the Lions, giraffes, wildebeests, Access from Nairobi is via Namanga (240 km) or Emali (228 km) and both routes are tarmac roads.

     

    From Namanga to Serena Safari Lodge Amboseli is 75km and from Emali to Amboseli 64 km. Access from Mombassa is mainly through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate, or by air. Serena Amboseli Lodge Kenya one of Africa best safari Lodges, all around the Amboseli Serena Lodge roams the big game that has made East Africa legendary and Amboseli National Park Kenya is a splendid place to view elephants. And without even leaving the luxury safari lodge, one can encounter hundreds of species of wetland and migratory birds known to the immediate area. The full service bar - located next to the dining room - serves fresh fruit juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee, cocktails, wines, spirits and liqueurs. There is another small bar by the outdoor pool. Large outdoor swimming pool with fresh towels and pool beds provided. Overlooking the sparkling swimming pool and beautiful landscaped gardens, the verandah also offers guests exceptional game viewing. At Kenya Serena Amboseli Lodge with just a day's advance notice, guests can be treated to a private Mountain High breakfast (an afternoon tea in this same location can also be arranged).Dining tables overlook a floodlit waterhole where the big game gather; tables are canopied by the vast acacia thorn trees. There are daily-guided nature and bird walking safaris through the Amboseli Serena Hotel grounds given by the resident naturalist. Each day from 2:30 pm. to 3:30 pm., there is a lecture on some particular aspect of the Maasai culture, which is followed by tribal dances. In the evenings, there are Maasai dance performances, music and entertainment. Informative daily talks and slide presentations on indigenous culture given by the resident naturalist. Within the grounds of Serena Hotel Amboseli there is a fully air-conditioned conference room with unobstructed views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

     

    The room has a capacity of 80 people and is suitable for meetings, seminars or small banquets. All guests are invited to plant a tree as part of The Amboseli Reforestation Program. Hugging the banks of a gently flowing river, this very traditional yet supremely luxury Serena Amboseli Hotel is the Kenya safari destination of a lifetime. The Amboseli Serena safari lodge offers superb accommodation, each room with an uninterrupted view over the ever-changing vistas of the Amboseli national park plains. Amboseli Serena safari Lodge's rooms are styled to reflect a traditional Masai concept featuring beadwork, gourds, hand-painted murals and the clever use of the traditional Manyatta bent-brushwood effect so as to blend an authentic nomadic aura with all the comforts of five star luxuries complete with en-suite Bath & Shower. A honeymoon safari in Amboseli is a unique experience, take your honeymoon breakfast; in bed; on your private veranda or roof-top terrace, or on Observation Hill against the magnificent backdrop of Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your own exclusive game drives through one of the most famous national parks in the world. Have a safari lunch in the bush, take cocktails watching the sun go down over Mount Kilimanjaro; and end your day with a romantic dinner for two. The luxurious Honeymoon Suite enjoys fabulous views of Mount Kilimanjaro and its own private roof top terrace. Special Honeymoon offer of tropical fruit, chilled champagne and your own personal ‘honeymoon cake', while facilities will include: Amboseli Lodge Kenya proudly houses the "Out of Africa" jogging trails and a swimming pool to give the tourists a perfect relaxing environment. In the evenings, Masai dance performances, music, and entertaining are a norm. You can get to Serena Hotel in Amboseli either by road or by flight. There is one flight schedule departure daily from Nairobi and from Amboseli operated by Air Kenya It is a morning departure; you could also charter a flight to Amboseli. The flight takes about 45 minutes. By road,

     

    It will take you approximately 2 hours to the Namanga border point and a further 2 hours to the lodge from Namanga. The Amboseli Serena organizes Maasai tribal dance performance at the lodge so for those who would like to watch it, you will be able to every night. It is inclusive in your safari package and there are no admission fees. Watch the Maasai performers as they sing traditional songs and dance around the stage area, including the high leaps by the male dancers, sometimes, the most enjoyable time can be spent doing nothing. This is particularly true of Kenya's National parks. While on an Amboseli safari, quietly sitting outside your room you could listen to elephants trumpeting in the early morning or a lion calling out to his mates to mark his territory in the middle of the night. If you've ever watched television wildlife special and only seen or heard this on TV you will gain a new appreciation once you witness it for yourself. Make the most of your Kenya trip; absorb the sounds, the smells and the surroundings which is Kenya. You never know if you'll have another opportunity to say "Hey, I just heard a lion roar"! Serena Hotels is one of premier Kenya hotel chains offering unparalleled luxury accommodation in hotels, safaris lodges and beach resorts within the East Africa region. Catering for the up market traveler, these uniquely designed properties that blend local architecture with the latest advances in structural engineering are in a class of their own making them one of the most sought-after accommodation in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and Rwanda, For those with a spirit for active adventure any Serena hotel provides unique tailor-made experiences for individuals, managed by professionals with a sense of fun for the young and not so young. For personal programmes and for groups safaris: sailing, fishing, scuba diving, walking safaris, ballooning, canoe safaris, biking, mountain climbing and trekking, all on the wild side. Each Serena Hotel & Lodge location offers a unique African experience. Whether you like game viewing from a hot-air balloon safari or walking safaris in the African bush, sunbathing on a deserted beach, dancing under the equatorial stars, shopping for traditional artifacts or windsurfing in the Indian Ocean, Serena hotels and lodges can cater for all tastes. With hotels located in cities, on the beach, in the bush and on the lakeside, there is something on offer for everyone.

     

    From a luxury-tented camp in the Serengeti and Masai Mara plains to a riverfront lodge shaded by acacia trees, Serena boasts all types of luxury safaris. For true African adventure, enjoy the savanna of the Masai Mara, the vast plains of the Serengeti, the foothills of Kilimanjaro, forests of the Aberdares and Chyulu Hills of Tsavo, the Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu, the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, and the lakes of Victoria and Manyara. Relax by the pool with a cocktail at base camp or private bush breakfasts and fireside dinners. If you are looking for an exotic location to hold a meeting, look no further than Serena in Africa. All properties in Kenya and Tanzania are able to provide excellent conference facilities. Meetings can be held in the buzzing city of Nairobi, overlooking the flamingo-filled lake at Lake Manyara, on the exotic island of Zanzibar or in the shadows of the mighty snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Whatever your meetings requirements, Serena can fulfil them Add some African inspiration to your incentive programme with Serena. Tailor-made itineraries and unique ideas to ensure a memorable experience - considered the leading specialists in incentive planning and product offerings in East Africa.

     

    Amboseli Serena Lodge Accommodation

     

    The rooms each allow for clear views of the park and are comfortable with en suite bathrooms and other facilities to give guests a deluxe hotel experience. Amboseli Serena Lodge has 96 rooms. All rooms are classified as standard. All meals are provided during your stay at the lodge. The rooms are individually appointed with authentic Africana and murals painted by Re-known local artists and conveying a distinctive Masai Manyatta mood. Each room furnished with bedside tables, dressing tables, built-in wardrobes, telephone, en-suite facilities, bottled water ½ litre per person per day Our luxury ensuite rooms are accommodated in two single-storey dedicated buildings, which lie to the right and left of the main reception and dining areas. Each tastefully-appointed room features a Maasai-inspired, hand-painted, wall fresco, king-sized bed or luxurious twins, lavish all-encompassing mosquito-curtaining, bathroom (with walk-in shower), writing/vanity unit, and private veranda. Situated plumb in the middle of the park, beside a natural flowing spring, this lodge enjoys spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Pink guest cottages line narrow paved walkways, and although trees and shrubs give you some privacy, they also take away your view. The food, cooked with homegrown herbs and vegetables, is excellent, particularly the homemade pasta. Because the lodge is near the Enkongo Narok Swamp, there's always plenty of game around. Take a game drive, go walking with a Masai guide, enjoy a bush breakfast, and always remember to keep your doors and windows closed to keep out marauding vervet monkeys, which look cute but can make off with your belongings.

     

    Amboseli Serena Lodge Restaurant

     

    Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices. In typical safari style, we offer a ‘full English Breakfast' as well as European options while our lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options. Dinner Our table d'hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of our meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the reserve. The Amboseli Lodge Serena has a swimming pool, one main restaurant and a well stocked bar. There are also plenty of activities on offer at the lodge ranging from game drives and nature walks to bush dinners and board games, ensuring guests will never have a dull moment. Some of the services provided are bush dinners, sundowners at observation hill, private picnics, lunch boxes and specialist cultural entertainments, express check-in/out, full housekeeping services (laundry, valet, babysitting on request, children's menus/dining shoeshine), hairdryer available on request from the Reception Desk, full medical back-up and emergency evacuation facilities, Africana gift shop, beauty treatments, massage and hairdressing, swimming pool, nature walks, jogging trails, bird watching and game drives, forex facilities, a wide range of board games plus a full library of books on Africa.

     

    Amboseli Serena Lodge Theme nights

     

    We offer three special ‘theme' nights, which as well as offering a broad range of international options also feature a central ‘theme'. Pasta Night: features a range of home-made pastas and traditional Italian sauces. Mongolian Night: presents a fusion of oriental stir-fry, BBQs and spiced roasts. Kenyan Night: features such Kenyan favourites as ‘Nyama Choma' (traditionally roasted meats), ‘Sukuma' (local spinach cooked with tomatoes, onions, garlic and coriander), ‘Posho' (maize) and other delicious cultural specialities. Wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks Our wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines, and local and imported beers and spirits. We also offer a wide range of soft drinks including an array of freshly-made local fruit juices. We serve only the finest Kenyan coffee and tea; we also offer a wide range of fruit and herbal infusions.

     

    Amboseli Serena Lodge Bush dining

     

    We are expert in arranging breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails in the bush. We have dedicated ‘bush dining' site immediately adjacent to the lodge as well as a number of panoramic sites within the park, such as ‘Observation Hill' which looks directly towards Mount Kilimanjaro. These areas are typically presented with tables, safari chairs, ‘bush bar' and a ‘bush kitchen', where a broad range of meats, poultry, fish and vegetables are cooked on-site (supplemented by fresh soups, salads and puddings from our hotel kitchens). In the evenings, ‘sun-downer' cocktails are traditionally served around a campfire and can be followed by a lamp-lit ‘bush dinner'.

     

    Child-friendly we offer 3 family rooms, each with a private entrance, two separate bedrooms and a shared bathroom. We can also provide baby-sitting services (prior notice appreciated). All our meals are generous buffet-styled presentations with something to suit absolutely everyone. High-chairs can be provided, as can baby-friendly food. We are also delighted to offer slightly earlier children's meals (as early as 6.30 pm) - tailored to suit your children. The lodge offers its own swimming pool (supervised by a qualified life-guard but not suited to small children other than under parental supervision). We also offer a wide selection of board-games and books on Africa and the wilderness. Our professional nature guides also offer nightly talks and video presentations on wildlife. Added to this, we can offer

     

    Guided nature walks or bird-spotting in the grounds. Family game-drives in our custom-built open-sided safari vehicles, which are ideal for children. Family breakfasts on Amboseli safaris or at Observation Hill. Maasai dancing and cultural displays in our dedicated cultural display area. ‘Edutainment': learn how to do Maasai beadwork, about Maasai warrior-hood, and learn Maasai tracking for beginners. We can also arrange for culturally-interactive trips to local Maasai villages and/or schools Conference and event facilities.

     

    The Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge has its own dedicated conference facility, which is located immediately adjacent to the reception area. Uniquely presented with hand-painted wildlife wall frescos, it offers: A generous, air-conditioned room to accommodate up to 120 guests. A separate reception and registration area. Integral break-away area for workshops, coffee, tea and cocktails. Modern, modular events furniture, which can be tailored to your specifications. PA system, LCD overhead projector, podium, flip charts and marker pens. Delegate pads, pens/pencils, individual mineral water supply.

     

    Business support (secretarial services, photo-copying, WiFi and a full range of global communications). ‘Meet and greet' services. Team-building programmes Weddings Safari and honeymoon Vacation

     

    Garden or Kilimanjaro-view wedding ceremony. Individually themed champagne reception - at the lodge or in the bush. Sumptuous floral arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes. Tailor-made wedding cake. Private candle-lit honeymoon dinner for two: in the lodge or in our private wilderness area adjacent to the lodge. Luxurious suite (with private rooftop terrace) supplied with tropical fruit, chilled champagne and your own personal ‘honeymoon cake'. Cultural dance performance for you and your guests.

     

    Colourful range of guest entertainments - choirs, guitarist, disco. Photography and videoing of your special day. Special accommodation packages for the entire wedding party. Maasai guard of honour.

     

    What to do and see Take 2 game drives daily (6.30 am and 4 pm), both in our custom-built open-sided six-person safari vehicles (professional guides, refreshments on-board, radio-links for fast location of game) Have ‘sun-downers' on Observation Hill Enjoy a unique ‘exotic Maasai dinner' with campfire, hurricane lamps and Maasai warriors Learn more about the fascinating Maasai culture by visiting a local manyatta (village). Learn more about the wilderness; wildlife talks and video-show nightly. Take in some professionally-guided nature walks around the lodge or in the park. Plant a tree for Africa as part of our eco-programme Learn more about Amboseli's unique birdlife - professional ornithological tours - for amateurs or professionals Do some swimming or sun-bathing. Sample our Serena ‘Maisha' Mind, Body and Spirit Spa services; massage, facial, manicure or more

     

    Serena Hotels

     

    The Serena Hotels Group has yet again received global recognition by Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards for excellent service and accommodation. Serena Hotels span some of best holiday destinations in the world with a portfolio of 25 Hotels, Luxury Camps, Safari Lodges and Resorts located in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique. We have been using Serena hotels and lodges across East Africa for many years and most of the safari camps listed in the awards are used by us on a regular basis. Serena Lodges and Hotels has managed to be one of our favorite partnerships due to their attention to detail, their warm and hospitable service, always with a smile and their wonderful locations. Many of the Serena hotels, safari camps and lodges have been built in the local vernacular in order to blend in with the landscape. Many have great eco-credentials and also play an important role in working with the local communities providing, jobs, education and training. The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards has become a platform to celebrate excellence and best practices in Travel and Accommodation, and recognizes organizations that have driven tourism by rapidly transforming the tourism sector and the economy at large. The Kirawira Serena Camp stood out alongside other Serena properties in the Top 25 Resorts & Safari Camps in Africa, which rates the top resorts and safari camps in, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, some of the Top 25 Resorts and Safari Camps in Africa featured many of our favorite safari lodges and camps including; Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (13th), Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (15th), Mara Serena Safari Lodge (17th) and Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (25th). In the Top 15 Hotels in Africa category the hotels the Zanzibar Serena Inn (10th) and Serena Mountain Village, Arusha (15th) did very well indeed. And in the top 100 Hotels in Africa two of our favorite lodges were also listed; Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (17th), and the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (24th). We would like to offer our congratulations to all the Serena camps, hotels and lodges who did so well.

     

    Amboseli National Park

     

    Amboseli National Park formerly Masai Amboseli Game Reserve is located in Kajiado District, Rift Valley Province in Kenya. The Amboseli National Park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometers (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border, the local people are mainly Maasai, but people from other parts of the country have settled there attracted by the successful tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps that makes this low-rainfall area (average 350 mm (14 in)) one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds, pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops and 47 types of raptor, The Amboseli National Park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation. Located 140 kilometres (87 mi) south of the capital city Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya after Masai Mara National Reserve and the visit can easily be done in a weekend. In 1883, Joseph Thompson was the first European to penetrate the feared Maasai region known as Empusel (meaning 'salty, dusty place' in Maa). He, too, was astonished by the fantastic array of wildlife and the contrast between the arid areas of the dry-lake bed and the oasis of the swamps, a contrast that persists today. Amboseli was set aside as the 'Southern Reserve' for Maasai in 1906 but returned to local control as a Game Reserve in 1948. Gazetted a National Park in 1974 in order to protect the core this unique ecosystem.

     

    The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants.[3] Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet Maasai and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The snowcapped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising dominates every aspect of Amboseli and is the perfect backdrop to a Amboseli safari. Proclaimed as a national park in 1974 it is relatively small and covers only 392 sq km. Despite its size and its fragile ecosystem, it supports over 50 mammal species and has a rich birdlife. Years ago this was the locale around which famous writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark spun their stories of big game hunting in the wilds of Africa. Amboseli National Park is also the home of the noble Maasai people. These tall, proud nomads have established a legendary reputation for their prowess in battle and single handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals. Perhaps more than any other community in Kenya, the Maasai have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment and the wildlife which surrounds them. All round the Amboseli National Park are occupied and abandoned manyatta - Maasai villages - 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. A part of the Amboseli National Park is composed of a dried-up lake bed which in the shimmering heat produces mirages. Underground rivers from Kilimanjaro?s melting snows feed permanent swamps and springs.

     

    These serve as watering places for the wildlife through times of drought. As a result, this area is particularly good for game viewing during the dry season. The Amboseli National Park is surrounded by numerous private concessions; these are normally areas run in conjunction with the local Maasai communities and help to make the Amboseli National Park a substantial wildlife conservation area. Game viewing includes lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains' game, creating Kenya's most sought after photographer's paradise. Amboseli National Park s popularity is also causing serious concern, the combination of wildlife, tourist vehicles and Maasai cattle are destroying the delicate but precious grassland, Amboseli National Park rules now insist that vehicles stick to roads and tracks, the Park's best game tracks are around the swamps and there is a fine lookout on Observation Hill which offers views over the whole of the Park and beyond. The intended change of management at Amboseli National Park: On 28th September 2005 prior to elections, The Minister for Tourism and Wildlife published an official notice declaring that Amboseli National Park was to become Amboseli National Reserve; the intention was for Amboseli National Reserve to be placed under the care of Olkejiado County Council. Amboseli National Park had been managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service up until this point. Olkejiado County Council is formed of a coalition of Maasai communities who have lived in and around the Amboseli region for centuries. The intention of the change from Amboseli National Park to Amboseli National Reserve is to directly put all revenues generated from visitors entering the reserve into the hands of the owners of the land, the Maasai Community.

     

    The Maasai community of the Amboseli area had been waiting for the return of their land for over 30 years. The plan is for Kenya Wildlife Service to cooperate with the Maasai Community assigned to manage the Amboseli National Reserve and further assist with conservation of one of Kenya's most prized natural resources. However, these plans have not yet been put into law, and currently Amboseli still has National Park status. In recent years, the Amboseli National Park became one of the most visited places in Kenya and he has been able to develop, especially as a real tourist highlight. In addition to several tourist attractions in other parks, a Kenya safari without Amboseli National Park is far from over, A significant part of the National Park is taken by the Lake Amboseli a. Amboseli is also where Cynthia Moss, the noted American naturalist and author, conducted one of the longest-running studies on elephants. You might even see some of the elephants that Cynthia immortalized in her books and award-winning film Echo of the Elephants.

     

    Amboseli Holiday highlights

     

    Amboseli National Park’s accessibility from Nairobi (one hour’s flight or approx. four hours by road) is one of the primary reasons for its popularity. Located in the Rift Valley province of southern Kenya, close to the Tanzanian border, it also enjoys some of the most dramatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro – more so even than in Tanzania. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular in many national parks, but here, over Mount Kilimanjaro, are some of the best. One of Kenya’s smaller parks, Amboseli’s ecosystem is primarily savannah – and the low-lying vegetation makes the wildlife easier to spot. The park has a large concentration of wildlife, particularly in the dry season. There are over 1000 elephants here, including some of the largest in Africa. As well as the huge herds, catch sight of buffalos and lions in the open savannah, rolling hills and swamplands. Other wildlife inhabiting the grasslands wildlife includes cheetah, rhino, waterbuck, zebra and warthog amongst others. Though largely dry and dusty, Amboseli is also home to swamplands, fed by underwater springs from the melt waters of Mount Kilimanjaro. These lush green swamplands attract wallowing elephants and hippo, as well as buffalo and birdlife. More than 400 species of bird can be found, including the rare Taita falcon and the southern banded harrier eagle. Surrounding the park are numerous Maasai villages (manyattas) and cattle ranches, where there are opportunities to gain an insight into the local culture. Outside of Amboseli lies the Selenkay conservancy; a private reserve off the beaten track. Here you can partake in activities not permitted inside the national park – take an escorted walk with Maasai warriors or experience a thrilling night game drive. For birdwatchers, the best months to see migratory birds are from October to January.

     

    Weather and climate in Amboseli national park

     

    The climate in the Amboseli region is hot and dry. The national park is in the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, as it lies on the northwest side. Average temperatures vary only slightly throughout the year. The minimum average daily temperature is 27°C and the maximum is 33°C. Drought is typical in this area, and evaporation is high. A total annual rainfall of just 300mm is expected during April and May, and again during November and December.

     

    Best time to visit Amboseli

     

    January and February are good months to visit Amboseli, as well as June through September. Avoid April and May, which are the rainy season. There may also be some rain from November to December, which may make the roads in Amboseli impassable.

     

    Temperatures year round are 27-31°C (81-88°F) in the day and 22-24°C (72-75°F) at night. For Kenya birdwatchers, the best months to see migratory birds are October to January. The best times for viewing are early and late in the day, as animals tend to sleep in the hot midday sun. Park entrance fees and opening hours: - you can view the latest Amboseli national park fees for both citizens and non-citizens. The Kenya wildlife administration offers reduced fees for Kenyan citizens and residents.

     

    Amboseli Sights

     

    Amboseli is in a semi-arid part of the country and is usually hot and dry. The land is a mixture of open plains, savannah scattered with areas of beautiful yellow-barked acacia woodland, swamps and marshland and clutches of thorn bush growing amidst lava debris. To the west of the reserve close to Namanga is the massif of Oldoinyo Orok at 2524 m. The main wildlife you are likely to see here are herbivores such as buffalo, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, Coke's hartebeest, warthog, gnu, impala, giraffe, zebra and lots of baboons. One of the most spectacular sites is the large herd of elephants here. The elephant population of the greater Amboseli Basin at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro now numbers 1000 animals in over 50 matriarchal families and associated bull groups. The Amboseli elephants have perhaps the oldest and most intact social structure of any elephant population in Africa. They are also the best known and well studied. You may also be able to see the very rare black rhino that has nearly been poached out of existence. There are a few predators, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals. Birdlife is also abundant especially near the swamps and seasonal lakes.

     

    There have been environmental changes over recent years due to erratic rainfall. Lake Amboseli, which had almost totally dried up, reappeared during 1992-1993. The return of water to the lake flooded large parts of the park including the area around the lodges. Since then, flamingos have returned, and the whole park is far greener.

     

    Where to book your Amboseli Safari

     

    Ever dream of seeing herds of elephants trumpeting there trunks or a lion licking its lips, or a cheetah sprinting through the grasslands? An Amboseli safari is a thrilling chance to see wild animals going about their daily lives within their natural habitat. There are many reputable options and travel agents to book a Safari to Amboseli, how ever we advise you to book all your safaris in Amboseli through this website as we are the official Amboseli National Park marketing group and we are located in Amboseli National Park it self, Amboseli has some of the best resorts that you will ever find in a national park. You can choose from the luxurious resorts to the ones that are catering to the tourists who are on a tight budget.

     

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