See the Big Game of Kenya's Amboseli National Park

The Plain Nilotes are a people given to earning their livelihood through pastoralism. Meet the Kenyan Maasai community - the most popular of Plain Nilotes and the ancestral owners of the expansive Amboseli National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve. Amazingly, these people have lived together with the wildlife for generations without destroying each other’s habitats. This makes them an integral part of the tourism circuit that Amboseli National Park is part of.

The Amboseli National Park occupies about 39,206 hectares of land. It is part of the larger Savanna Grasslands that is very conducive for wildlife survival. To its Western side is the renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve that boasts the world's seventh wonder - The Great Migration of Wildebeest.

Amboseli is 250 kilometers from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It takes visitors about two and half hours to drive from Nairobi to Amboseli. The most popular wildlife in Amboseli includes the 'Big Five' consisting of rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, lions and leopards. Also to be seen in this park includes; gazelles, antelopes, cheetahs, monkeys, baboons, snakes, giraffes, African crocodiles and a huge variety of birds.

The park boasts about 400 species of birds including pelicans, peacocks, ostrich, kingfishers, weaver birds, cranes, crows, hammerkops and many others.

The Maasai and by extension the people of Kenya have diverse cultures. Apart from the wildlife, tourists get to sample the Maasai dances and culture, the African dishes as well as hospitality. Just a drive away, the Kenyan capital offers its guests world-class accommodation facilities.

The rates for getting into the Amboseli are very low and family friendly. There are hundreds of tour companies that offer the services of transporting tourists from Nairobi to the park. You need to arrange early enough for transport especially during the month of August through January. This period is known as the high season and there is an influx of tourists who come to soak in the African sun as well as watch the Wildebeest Migration in Maasai Mara. Alternatively, you can hire your own vehicle to get to the park. However, no private vehicles are allowed to enter the park. Once you are in the park, you can get the park’s own guided tours.

There is no other country in the world have the big 5 in their natural habitat. Coupled with the white sand beaches at the coast, visitors to the pack get a package they cannot get anywhere else.

By Kennedy Runo on 10/30/2013 in Kenya

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