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Amboseli National Park, A Wildlife Sanctuary Full of Life in the Wilderness

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Amboseli National Park a wildlife sanctuary that ,many don’t get to hear of, I love the wildlife and at times I wonder why human don’t live there anymore, however experiencing the vast of it all you have to at the top of it all.

The weight of your pocket at times can determine how you get there, thou for the wildlife lovers a 4×4 will do the trick. The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga some 24o kilometers will take your 2 and half hours, thanks to NTSA, on the Nairobi – Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate. There are other routes, Via Emali scales around 228 kilometers on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road. While via Tsavo West National Park will keep you longer before finding the Olkelunyiet Gate.

amboseli-1For the first class traveler reaching there by air is an option to as Airstrips are cross by while the best route would be at Empusel gate. Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town. It is important to note that all the airstrips are conditioned for light aircrafts only and contacting the park administration in advance would be an ideal thing to do.

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.  They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyles.

The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq. mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometres (3,100 sq. mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The huge puzzle has given rise to wildlife crime, one of the main challenges in wildlife conservation. Kenya’s invaluable wildlife resources are under threat due to wildlife crime which has been on the increase in the recent past. With a significant population of wildlife living outside the protected areas on a seasonal or permanent basis, the scope of the Security Division’s mandate is much wider than the protected areas.  The Security Division is the functional arm of KWS which ensures that wildlife resources and their habitats are secure, so don’t be surprised to at the sight of the uniformed police.amboseli-4

The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attraction of the park includes opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

In Amboseli’s case it is big skies and far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trampled by hundreds of animals. The swamps below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose among others.

The vast ecosystem of Amboseli is naturally supported by an endless supply of underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap, which funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park.

However, the climatic pendulum can swing from drought to flood, and in the early 1990’s ceaseless rain changed Amboseli into a swamp. A few years later the rains failed and the grass-covered plains turned to dust, that’s nature and we can’t fight it much.

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