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Amboseli National Park

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Amboseli National Park is situated on the plains southern of Kenya, below the ice-topped peak of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is gorgeously beautiful, measuring 392 kilometers square

The park is situated on the plains south of Kenya, below the ice-topped peak of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro

Despite moderate rainfall, a system of swamps fed by Mount Kilimanjaro forest catchment supports a spectacular array of birds and mammals, dominated in terms of biomass and visibility by a population of some 1,500 African elephants

The elephant population in Amboseli National Park is one of the few that enjoys a relatively undistracted existence in their natural conditions.

Amboseli National Parks hosts more than 300 bird species

The two peaks of Kilimanjaro can be seen clearly from the Kenyan side

Kibo 5895 meters, across the saddle to the left Mawenzi 5268 meters

There are various different habitats in Amboseli.

The area below the mountain is in a rain shadow and usually flat dusty pan with alkaline soils

The main ones are Kioko Lake, Simek Lake, Conch Lake, and Amboseli Lake, in these basins the water is almost always present, except in times of drought, but the depth is never more than 50 cm

Lake Amboseli is normally dry most of the time, its expanse shimmers in the heat, and dust devils fill up the sky

Lake Amboseli is situated in the Western section of the park, compared to the other lakes in the park; it covers a very large area.

There are a number of marshes fed by underground springs that attract a large  number of wildlife, such as Elephants and Hippos, Wildebeests, Burchell’s Zebras, Bohor’s Reedbucks, Spotted Hyena, Cape Buffalo, and many waterfowls

Amboseli National Park Birds

Amboseli National Park is an ideal birding destination in Kenya with more than 420 bird species recorded The marshy swamps are great for water birds such as Jacanas, Avocet, Crakes, Waders, and countless Ducks species. Flocks of Lesser  Flamingos are common during wet seasons (March to May and October to December). The grassland areas offer some interesting  birds such as Hartlaub’s Bustard, Double-banded Courser, African Pipit, and Pangani Longclaw

For a better birding experience in Amboseli National Park, having stop-overs on the way to the park scores a lot of interesting bird species, the road drive from Emali town is very productive, be on the look-out for Pale Chanting Goshawk perching on electricity poles, White-headed Mousebirds feeding on the bushes

Birdwatching in the park is done while in the car, but there are designated places, like the campsite and picnic sites where alighting from the car is allowed 

Common Birds in Amboseli National Park

  • Common Ostrich
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck
  • Spur-winged Goose
  • Knob-billed Duck
  • African Pygmy Goose
  • Southern Pochard
  • Hottentot Teal
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Harlequin Quail
  • Coqui Francolin
  • Lesser Flamingo
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
  • Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Hartlaub’s Bustard
  • African Water Rail
  • Grey Crowned crane
  • Spotted Thick-knee
  • Common Ringed Plover
  • Kittlizt’s Plover
  • Long-toed Plover
  • Temminck’s Stint
  • Common Greenshank
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Temminck’s Courser
  • Double-banded Courser
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Dwarf Bittern
  • Black-winged Kite
  • Bateleur
  • Brown Snake Eagle
  • White-backed Vulture
  • Ruppell’s Vulture
  • Lappet-faced Vulture
  • Martial Eagle
  • African Marsh Harrier
  • Shikra
  • Pearl-spotted Owlet
  • Blue-naped Mousebird
  • Von der Decken’s Hornbill
  • Green Woodhoopoe
  • Lesser Honeyguide
  • Red-and-yellow Barbet
  • Little Bee-eater
  • Lilac-breasted Roller
  • Striped Kingfisher
  • African Pygmy Falcon
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • White-crested Helmetshrike
  • Brubru
  • Sulfur-breasted Bushshrike
  • Golden Pipit
  • Pygmy Batis 
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