As part of a 6 days and 5 night’s safari in Kenya with Flash McTours Safari Company we visited Amboseli for 2 days. The park was beautiful and I loved the views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the magical sunrises.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is located at 260 kilometres from Nairobi and it’s the second most popular national park after Maasai Mara National Reserve. The park is big with 39,206 hectares that spread across the border with Tanzania.
The views of Africa’s highest peak, the Mount Kilimanjaro and the beautiful large herds of elephants are just some of the main reasons to visit the park.
The park has endless amount of water supply for the animals with numerous green swamps where elephants and other animals bath themselves all day to relieve from the heat. I loved that!
Entry fees: Non Residents (Kenya) – adults 90 US$ and children 55US$ (this should be included in your tour).
How to get there? By car from Nairobi it’s about 4 hours or as part of a safari circuit, in my case from Lake Nakuru took 6 hours. Or by air, a chartered light aircraft can land at Empusel Gate airstrip or a scheduled flight departing from Nairobi directly into Amboseli it’s also possible.
From Lake Nakuru to Amboseli
We left Lake Nakuru after the early morning game drive there. At that point our group was reduced to three, so there were lots of space in the safari van and we all had a long sleep until lunch time. Lunch was done on the road.
In order to get to Amboseli we had to drive back to Nairobi to then get the Mombasa road. The flights from Nairobi into Amboseli are very expensive so we went for the driving alternative. The road to Mombasa is in good quality so the 6 hours journey was quite easy. It only became a bit bumpy in the last hour as we were entering the Amboseli area. We had worse before so no worries! We arrived by dinner time and just relaxed for the next day.
Our fantastic Camp in Amboseli
In Amboseli we stayed at Kibo Safari Camp, which added a touch of luxury to our trip. Like other camps, electricity was only available at certain times during the day and the internet was equal to none. Although things like breakfast was very good and dinner was equally tasty with several choices of dishes and drinks.
The rustic furniture inside the room really gave me the feeling of being in a safari adventure. Then, the views really made this camp something special. In the morning our room had privileged views of the beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro. At night it was pitch dark and we needed our lantern to get back to the room but looking up to the clear skies was a treat – thousands of stars could be seen shining!
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First Game Drive in Amboseli
We started out first game drive in Amboseli at 8:30am with blue clear skies. Breakfast was great and we were full of energy for a full day of game driving. Our guide for this park was Edward and he had very good knowledge of the animals in the park and the migration patterns of several species.
This park is very strict with their rules and at the entrance there are a few things you should retain. Off road driving is strictly controlled by rangers and we are told that the animals are always right!
We went to look for the elephants and maybe get a shot of them with the beautiful Kilimanjaro in the background. In the park, there are over 900 African elephants, as well as wildebeests, giraffes, lions, zebras, hyenas and many others.
All over the park there is so much green and water and the animals just spend their mornings walking in one direction – the swamp area. The animals would bath all morning and eat the green fresh grass in between. We saw large herds of animals running, it was amazing!
We had lunch at the Observation Hill, an area that overlooks the park with beautiful birds of all colours around. The views are breath-taking and there is a lot of information about the park around to entertain you during lunch.
Is this Kilimanjaro?
On our second morning in Amboseli we left camp at 6am. The sunrise in Amboseli in the middle of the savanna was one of the most beautiful moments of my life – seriously! The yellow roasted colours from the sky with the light, gold yellow and green colours of the savanna made it a spectacular scene to watch, almost as if I was inside of a Lion King movie.
We continued driving around in hoping to get some clear shots of Kilimanjaro. It is like a postcard of Africa with all the animals going about their day with the spectacular mountain with its snowy peak in the background. The best time to view it, I would say by my experience, is very early in the morning until about 10am and then again at sunset as the very peak of Kilimanjaro seemed to attract some clouds during the day, or at least that’s what I found.
After much patience it finally happened!
The elephants were moving towards the swamp direction; they were beautiful all together, with the old ones protecting the young members. Some of them had very long tusks, something that means how old they are according to Edward. Then, as they were crossing the road, a picturesque scene presented itself of a herd of elephants with the Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. It’s definitely a photograph that I will put up on my wall and a memory that I will cherish forever.
We were back in camp at 8am for a very filling and relaxing breakfast. I could not have enough of the chocolate pancakes! We sorted our bags and relaxed by the pool enjoying our last moments into the savanna as we knew that our safari was coming to an end.