Photo@Michel Cremari
Photo@Michel Cremari

Amboseli National Park lies north-west of Mt.Kilimanjaro.Amboseli was established as a nature reserve in 1968, and gazetted as a National Park in 1974.It is surrounded by six-commercially owned group ranches, the wet-season dispersal areas for wildlife,whose management has a direct influence on the ecological stability of the park.

Elephants enjoy this wetland which gets water from Mt.Kilimanjaro through underground streams.

Some birds species recorded include the vulnerable Lesser Kestrel, Madagascar pond Heron and Lesser Flamingo when Lake Amboseli is not dry. Moreover, Amboseli provide a great birding ground for birders interested in spotting; Pygmy Falcon, Kori , Buff-crested, White-bellied and Black-bellied  Bustatard, Fire-fronted, Yellow-crowned and Zanzibar Bishop, Chestnut-bellied and Black-faced Sangrouse, Two-banded caurser, Banded Parisoma, Fishers Sparrow-lark, Pink-breasted, Fawn-coloured, and Friedmann’s Lark.

Tree Restaurant for the African Fish Eagle

The best time to visit the park for birding is shortly after any big rains which in Kenya occurs in April.Kenya wildlife aervices charge a park fee of US Dollars 80 per person for non-resident and KSH.1000  for resident.It is only 3 hours away from Nairobi and the road is super good.KWS are doing an impressive work with road maintenance inside the park, so even two wheel drive can managed.For any inquiry regarding birding in Amboseli, please feel free to drop me an email.

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