Amboseli National Park
Amboseli, set against the snow-capped Kilimanjaro, is home to some of East Africa's most impressive giant-tusked elephants.
The park was established in 1948 as a 3260-square-kilometer natural reserve. However, by 1970, grazing had become so severe that it was necessary to designate a separate area for the game only. In 1974, 392 square kilometers of the reserve were designated as a national park, giving Amboseli full national park status.
The park is dominated by Africa's highest mountain, and the cloud cover breaks to reveal the dazzling spectacle of this snow-capped mountain at dusk or dawn. There is a good chance of spotting elephants, lions, cheetahs, wildebeests, zebras, and hyenas.
The main access to the park is through Meshanani Gate near Namanga (240 km from Nairobi) on the Nairobi - Arusha Road. The other access route is via Iremito near Emali (228 km from Nairobi) via Nairobi - Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate. The park has a single airstrip for light aircraft at Empusel gate.
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