Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Amboseli Serena safari lodge is located within the greater National Park. The park is famous for the big herds of elephants. But in addition to these herds, Amboseli is a host to many different fauna and flora species. While Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, the best views are from Kenyan side, Amboseli.
A drive to the observation point offers such an immense 360 panoramic scene. You can leave Amboseli Serena safari lodge with picnic lunches to the view point. From the top you can view the swamps below you where hippos, elephants among other wildlife take refuge. Here they feed; they wallow, and spend the day.
For the birders, this is a paradise. And even to the wildlife enthusiast, this park is for you. There is something for everyone. It is a great place for nature lovers, families and even group travelers.
This world famous National park has five main wildlife habitats. To the unaccustomed eye, the acacia woodland and the open plains are what one sees at fast glance. But as you continue driving around, you notice the rock thorn countryside, the marshland and the ever wet swamps.
These swamps and marshlands are the ones that keep Amboseli National park alive. They get their waters for Mount Kilimanjaro through underground seepage. The park is at the foot of the mountain and gets great advantage with the flow of water from the melted snow.
Amboseli safari daily departure itineraries.
Day 1: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park (approximately 4.30 hours’ drive)
Natural Track Crew will pick you from your location and start the early drive to Amboseli National Park. (it is recommended to start early, so that you can have ample time to enjoy your after drive in the park.)
You will be received at the Amboseli Serena safari Lodge. You will check in and shown to your rooms. Alternatively, you can first enjoy your lunch. Your professional safari guide will be waiting for you to introduce you to your first afternoon game drive in the National Park. The park is abundantly rich with different species, but what catches the eye of many is the huge concentration of elephant herds. Your drive will be till 18.00 hours, where you must exit the park. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari lodge.
Day 2: Full day in Amboseli National Park
In consultation with your safari guide, you can opt to have a full day out in the park or break the day at lunch hour. If you take a full day, you will have early breakfast at the lodge, and leave the lodge with picnic lunch. Whichever option you prefer, Amboseli has so much to offer and the more time you spend out, the more you are able to venture further afield. Dinner and overnight at the Amboseli serena safari lodge.
Day 3: Amboseli National park – Nairobi
Breakfast will be served the lodge, in which case you start your drive back to Nairobi. If you so wish, you can have an early morning drive at the pack before the breakfast. Optionally, have your breakfast and leave the hotel with your stuff and proceed with game drive enroute to the gate. Then you will start heading back to Nairobi.
This Amboseli safari can be extended to other parks or as part of a bigger safari, for example to Tsavo National Park, Masai Mara and even any other destination you may please.
Natural Track Safari consultants are always on standby to serve you and to advice you on any travel customization or amendment you may desire for your safari.
*End of your Amboseli safari trip*
About Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is one of the premier parks of Kenya. Its name comes from the local Masai word, Empusel, which means a place of salty dust. It is located in Southern Kenya in Loitoktok, Kajiado County.
This is just close to the Kenya-Tanzania border and is one of the greatest locations to view Mount Kilimanjaro, the only free-standing mountain in the world.
The park is 392 square kilometers and was established in 1974 to protect this special wildlife habitat. It is a park shared by both the wildlife and the community around it. It the second most famous park after Masai Mara. In 1991, Amboseli park was declared a UNESCO-Mab Biosphere Reserve.
The park has an observation hill that offers great 360 degrees view of the park. You can be able to view the great plains, the water ways and the swamps that feed this park. From there also, you can be able to see herds of Elephants feeding in the plains below. Hippos in the swamps and flocks of pelicans busy feeding in the waters below.
The swamps of Amboseli National Park have in the last few years become one of the best places to watch flamingos. These swamps have what it takes for algae to thrive and we have seen the flamingo population increase literally overnight. From the airstrip to the crossway, the salty swamp is covered in pink creating a breath-taking scenery.
In addition to the swamps, there is continuous water flow filtered by volcanic rock from Mount Kilimanjaro. Ice in Kilimanjaro melts and water flows down to Amboseli, forming part of the greater lake Amboseli underneath the ground. These are clear waters that is ready for drinking, both by humans and wildlife. The waters split in two great springs in the park.
Amboseli National Park is one of the places to see the great herds of Elephants. Several family units come together to commonly feed and wallow in the swamps, forming some of the greatest herds you have ever seen.
Although the big elephant herds are one of the greatest attractions in Amboseli, there are many other species that share and roam in this park freely. The giraffes, the buffaloes, the wildebeests and many other species of antelopes.
The cats that can be seen here are lions, leopards, the cheetah and serval cats. The lions are more common than all other cats, followed by the cheetah. Several other species of lesser-known wildlife reside here, while some of them are nocturnal hence little is known about them.
Amboseli safari is one you will remember because of the very interesting in that there are several habits in the same place. There are the swampy grounds, full of water all year round. Adjacent to the swamp comes the dry plains extending all the way to Meshenani gate. Then you also have the bushy countryside from lookout hill towards Tortilis. This area also has got the forestry area and a good place for the leopards. It is a place that has had great contrast all year round, between dry, swampy and semi-arid
Notably, the water levels of Amboseli fluctuate with seasons. During the rainy seasons, some areas become soggy and impassable. The same areas become some of the best feeding grounds when the water levels go down again, before it dries to be dusty plains again. Fortunately, the park management always indicate which routes to avoid.
Avery interesting aspect of Amboseli is the sharing of the waters with the communities around. An MOU allows the community around to bring in their livestock for drinking during the dry season. They in turn preserve the wildlife when they wander into the habited areas, instead of killing and chasing them.
This way, human-wildlife conflicts have been reduced significantly. The bigger population of wildlife of this park is said to be living outside what is today’s gazette park. As such it is crucial that these species are protected even when outside what is considered to be the park.
Accommodation: There are several options, both inside and adjacent to the park. Whichever option one chooses to settle in, you will have a great time in this great Kenyan jewel.
NB: It is important to note that it is every one’s responsibility to take care of this national treasure. Travel responsibly by not getting out of the car, not throwing anything out of the car. Also do not shout when next to the with life or play music. In addition, stick only to the designed game tracks and let the wildlife have their right of way. Remember you are the visitor to their home, the least you can do is to respect them.