Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, is a national park in Kajiado South Constituency in Kajiado County, Kenya. The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size and it has an ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park was gazetted as a national park in 1974 and to protect the core of this unique ecosystem, it was declared a UNESCO site in 1991.
Amboseli national park is a home of over 300 plant species that are distributed across the national park. Out of the total land area of the park, 30% is covered by the dominant woodlands. The swamps cover around 10% making it the second dominant vegetation cover at the park. Amboseli was home to Echo, perhaps the most researched elephant in the world, and the subject of many books and documentaries followed for almost four decades by American conservationist Dr. Cynthia Moss. Echo died in 2009 when she was about 60 years old.
Amboseli National Park offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long, dry months. The protected area is home to African bush elephants, Cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, Maasai giraffe, Grant's zebra, and blue wildebeest. A host of large and small birds occur too.
The park has several rules to protect the wildlife: Never leave the vehicle, except at designated spots; do not harass the animals in any way; always keep to the tracks; no off-road driving; and always give the animals the right of way. The roads in Amboseli have a loose surface of volcanic soil that is dusty in the dry season and impassable in the wet season.
The park also offers other adventures such as:
· Multi-day Tours.
· Nature and Wildlife.
· 4WD Tours.
· Golf Tours & Tee Times.
· Eco Tours.