Facts About Amboseli National park
Facts About Amboseli National park : Amboseli national park is found on the bounder of Kenya and Tanzania in kajiado county of Kenya, this amazing tourist destination covers an area of 392 square kilometers with Masai communities living around its boundaries. Amboseli national park formerly known as Masai Amboseli game reserve is currently ranked as one of the most scenic destinations in Kenya, this makes the park a destination you should never miss on your itinerary while on a safari in Kenya.
Amboseli national park harbors many facts which make it an important and interesting national park, these facts include
Amboseli national park covers a vast piece of land approximately 240 square kilometers.
Situated in a scenic location
Amboseli national park is one of the most scenic national park and tourists destinations in Kenya, the park lies on the border of Kenya and Tanzania with a back drop of mountain Kilimanjaro. Mountain Kilimanjaro is snowcapped mountain ranked as the tallest mountain in Africa, while Amboseli national park you get to enjoy scenic views of the mist cover peaks of the mountain which are perfect for pictures.
Derives its name from a local Maa language
Amboseli national park derives its name from a local word, name Amboseli is a local Masai word from their Maa language meaning salty dust. The Masai tribal people are the early inhabitants of the area covered by Amboseli national park, these people used to graze their animals in the park and in so doing they often encountered too much dust when their livestock ran through the grounds most especially in dry season thus the word Amboseli.
It is a UNESCO world heritage site
Amboseli national park is a UNESCO heritage site, because of the unique ecological system habiting in Amboseli national park it was declared a UNESCO a World heritage site in 1991.
Hosts a dried up lake bed
Amboseli national park hosts a small seasonal lake in the names of Amboseli Lake, Amboseli Lake is said to have been a permanent lake 10,000 years ago with a depth of 40 meters. Currently the lake is a dried up lake bed most especially in dry seasons, in wet seasons the lake is filled up with waters and sometimes floods.
Hosts a large concentration of elephants
Amboseli national park hosts a large concentration of elephants which extend hundred in number, because of the huge population of elephants the park is considered to be the Africa’s best spot for viewing free range elephants.
One of the most popular and most visited national parks in Kenya
Amboseli national park is ranked as one of the most popular and most visited national parks in Kenya, according to tourist statistics Amboseli national park receives a huge population of visitors which more attributed to by the scenic vires created by mountain Kilimanjaro and the huge population of elephants living in the park.
A home for many wildlife species
Amboseli national park is a home to many animal species which thrive in the semi-arid savannah vegetation of the park, animals found and spotted in Amboseli national park include blue wildebeests, plains zebras, Maasai giraffes, elephants, Cape buffalos, Maasai lions, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, impalas, wild dogs, crocodiles, nocturnal porcupines, gazelles, rhinos, leopards, grant’s zebra, hippos, mongooses, hyraxes, blue wildebeest, dik-dik, lesser kudus, and many more.
An important birding site
Amboseli national park is recognized as an important birding site in Kenya, the park is a home to over 600 bird species including raptor and rare bird species. Birds seen in Amboseli national park include pelicans, Hammerkops, Madagascar pong herons, lesser flamingoes, shoebills, lesser kestrels, and kingfishers, African swamp hen, common redshank, Dickinson’s kestrel, Eurasian thick-knee, greater flamingo,, Hartlaub’s bustard, lesser flamingo, long-toed lapwing, Pangani longclaw, rufous chatterer, rufous-bellied heron, spike-heeled lark, steel-blue whydah, Taveta golden weaver, von der Decken’s hornbill, yellow-necked spurfowl and many more.
Receives migratory bird species
Amboseli national park occasionally receives migratory bird species most especially in the period between the months of November to April. Over 3600 bird species migrate to Amboseli national park from areas neighboring Amboseli national park and Kenya at large, these bird species include golden-winged sunbird, crowned hornbill, superb starling, bristle-crowned starling and many more.
Receives high temperature range
Amboseli national park is generally dry and hot receives high temperature range, the park experiences arrange of 20-30 degrees Celsius most especially in rainy seasons where the temperatures rise before raining.
The best time to view elephants is in early morning and evening
Amboseli national park is known for hosting a huge population of elephants which are always seen in the park but the best time to view these elephants is in the early morning and evening time as they graze. Amboseli national park is generally hot and elephants tend to look for shade and hide during day time when the sun is too much thus making early morning and evening the perfect time to see them.
Amboseli national park receives both dry and wet season
Dry season in Amboseli national park is received in the months of June, July, August and September, dry season period are the coolest months in the park with bright sunny days. Wet season in Amboseli national park is received in the months of October, November, December, March, April and May. Wet rain season in Amboseli national park is marked with short rains in the months of October, November and December and long rains in the months of March, April and May.
Amboseli national park can experience both drought and excess rainfall
Amboseli national park climatic conditions are more like unpredictable, the park can be a total drought in one season and a flooded area in another season. Though its usually dry Amboseli national park in 1990s flooded and become a swamp due too much rain.
Tourists are not allowed to leave their cars
Amboseli national park is a habitant to numerous dangerous animals which can cause danger to tourists visiting the park, for safety purposes of the tourists a visitor is not permitted to leave their car. The only place where you can get out of your vehicle in Amboseli national park is at the observation hill, the observation hill is a pyramid shaped hill from where you get excellent views of the park’s wildlife.
The park is surrounded by Masai communities
Historically the Masai tribal people are the ancient inhabitants of the area dominated by Amboseli national park, though they were vacated from the land during the gazetting of the park Masai communities still live in the communities on the boundaries of the park. It is in these communities where cultural tours take place while on a safari in Amboseli national park.
Amboseli national park lies over a natural underground water system
Amboseli national park feds on a natural underground water system that filters water in the volcanic rock and is receive into water springs found in the centre of the park.