Amboseli National Park Travel Guide

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Amboseli National Park Things to Do

  • The Maasai village.

    Quite interesting until the visit was over and we had to file through the Maasai "market". As it was our first day nobody was into buying, but the way it was presented was over the top and we left with a slightly bitter taste in the mouth. It was a shame that this happened because later when we were offered the chance to visit a Samburu village...

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  • Visit a Maasai village.

    This tip could also be classed in the "tourist trap" group as the Maasai are not that welcoming for tourists (probably right) and this is the only real way to get close up and see how they live. The Maasai do not welcome people taking their photograph (another van at the Sentrim was stoned by kids when they started to take pics of them selling...

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  • Get out and see the animals (of course)...

    The pleasure of a safari is not limited to lions and elephants, there are plenty of other animals out there to wonder at.

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  • Happy Birthday Celebrations

    Kenyan's have a fun way of celebrating Birthdays. At your request, they will pre-make a cake which will be delivered at your table at the end of the meal. The birthday affair consists of all employees lining up single file, going from table to table, showing your name to the other guests, each in turn, gradually joining in on the festivities and...

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  • The dining room at Amboseli Serena...

    Overlooking the saltlick and floodlit waterhole, the open air dining room serves guests sumptuous international menus, buffets and barbecues alongside authentic African dishes. At least once a week guests are treated to a traditional African feast that is accompanied by Masai tribal dancing. At this special event, guest tables overlook the...

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  • TRYING TO GET, A-HEAD!!

    A WILDERBEAST HEAD!! Many HYENA fighting for it. We couldn't drive off the road here. I had the zoom all the way out! Hard tosee. But, with the binoc's we could see it well!May give this a T-L!10/2001 HYENA LIKE THE HEAD IT SEEMS!!

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Amboseli National Park Nightlife

  • Songs around the fire

    A musician sings with his guitar after dinner time at the Amboseli Serena Lodge. It is especially nice to sit and watch him sing some Kenyan music as we warmed ourselves by the fire in the chilly night. This night entertainment is held behind the lodge's restaurant. If you're lucky, you can spot some wildlife in the bush coming for a drink or maybe...

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  • Night Safari

    There is a small waterhole behind the Amboseli Serena Lodge where animals come to have a drink of water. The area is covered by trees and bush but more often that not, you will be surprised by the sight of a Waterbuck or other animals that dare venture close to humans. While the animals are free to roam, the guests are not. We were advised to keep...

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  • Maasai Tribal Performance

    The Amboseli Serena organizes Maasai tribal dance performance at the lodge so for those who would like to watch it, you will be able to every night. It is inclusive in your package and there are no admission fees. Watch the Maasai performers as they sing traditional songs and dance around the stage area, including the high leaps by the male...

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Amboseli National Park Transportation

  • Need a safari vehicle

    To drive around Amboseli you need a safari vehicle. This can be a 4x4, or a minibus but it is essential the roof can open. Standing inside the vehicle you can make pictures from above.

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  • "THE WHITE RHINO"

    If I said it once, I said it a thousand times!LAND-ROVER 4 X 4! A request I had. Eco-Resorts granted it to me! I thank them for that! All this stuff, FOR ME!! Those are waterjugs on top of the trailer.Thats my cook LUCAS, with our fresh eggs!

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  • Amboseli National Park Hotels

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Amboseli National Park Shopping

  • Buy Local

    When we finally arrive at the Amboselli gate, desperate locals, trying to sell their crafts, meet us. We buy some beautiful carved hippos and elephants as well as some beads. I guess it helps them out in some small way. I wish we had bought more when I see their faces as I go to sleep at night!There is very little opportunity to buy as you are sort...

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  • Goodies from the lodge

    The shop at Amboseli Serena Lodge has a good selection of souvenirs and some essential items. The prices are non-negotiable but sometimes cheaper than the stuff sold by some souvenir shops along the roads to the game reserves. This also means that you don't have to haggle when you want to bring down prices like in other places. Saves me the...

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  • Local Crafts - do your homework

    Local villages are part of the attraction when visiting the National Park system in Kenya, particularly Amboseli and the Masai Mara.Do your homework and follow the custom tip about bartering hard.If you've had a chance to window shop at the various curio shops either in Nairobi or one of the lodges first, it will give you a good idea as to the...

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Amboseli National Park Local Customs

  • Making fire

    The Masai used to make fire with some simple tools like two pieces of wood, and some elephant dung as fuel. Rub the wood very fast, so heat is developped, the dry dung is a great fuel.

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  • footwear

    The Masai make shoes out of old cartyres. This must be very comfortable in an environment were the ground is covered with the thorns of the acacia trees.

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  • accident

    This man had an accident in which the ear was thorn. The hole and the underpart of the ear dissappeared. We didn't ask how this happened.

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Amboseli National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't photograph the Maasai .... yet

    We were told not to simply photograph the Maasai people while we were in Kenya. This had something to do with their customs. However, when you make a visit to the Maasai Village and AFTER paying, you are allowed to take as many pictures as you like.We saw a Maasai at a rest stop once and my friend wanted to take a picture with him but wasn't able...

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  • Cheeky Vervet Monkeys

    There are plenty of Vervets, these black faced monkeys that hang around the lodge on the trees, roof and anywhere close to the hotel guests because their objective is to pinch food & anything they can carry. You have to watch for your stuff e.g sunglasses, small bags. They also go through garbage bins and toss the contents out. If you happen to be...

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  • Only bottled water to brush teeth

    Use only bottled water to brush your teeth!Do not rinse your mouth out with tap water. Although lodges will tell you that some of their systems utilize filtration methods to get their water, don't trust it.A bad case of dysentary will quickly ruin your vacation! Best to be safe than sorry.NOTE: Once inside the park, you're not allowed to leave your...

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Amboseli National Park Tourist Traps

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    by BorneoGrrl Updated Sep 3, 2007

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    Having been on safari several times, I find that the time is wasted going to some of these souvenir shops that sell local craft at ridiculously high prices. Our guide will make this compulsory "rest stops" conveniently at these shops at the notion of using the bathroom but I think there is an ulterior motive

    Sometimes, the items you see are sold at least 3-5 times their value, if not more. For the unknowing & new visitors to Kenya, you must know that the sellers are very friendly and will always say that they will "give you a good deal" so it's not easy to say no. Either you must have superior bargaining skills or risk spending more than you need to at these places.

    Unique Suggestions: When I get to these rest stops, I buy an expensive beer or coffee and sit somewhere until it's time to leave

    Fun Alternatives: You can get a better deal at the shop at your hotel (no hassling required even though it's a tad expensive) or at the Maasai Village (lots of hassling but at least it's going to the people & not middlemen)

    Noelle prefers a drink at the rest stops
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Amboseli National Park What to Pack

  • Get set for safari

    A small to medium sized bags is sufficient to carry your essentials (unless you're planning on buying lots of local souvenirs), and easy to cart around in your vehicle Cotton or natural fiber material is better for comfort and always wear comfortable walking shoes e.g trainers or hiking boots. A hat is also handy when the sun is up I never forget...

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  • BLACK n WHITE FILM 3

    Behind the BIG-MAMA! Take the shots all the way around the are. To give people the feelabout what's going on around you!10/2001

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  • BLACK n WHITE FILM

    Bring a roll of B& W for each area you willvisit. I call her: BIG-MAMA!! I think I will giveher ,her-own T-LOGUE10/2001

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Amboseli National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • The barren plains of Lake Amboseli

    When heading back to Nairobi from Amboseli National Park, we drove on what looks like a desert plain. This is Lake Amboseli, a temporary lake that floods during the rainy seasons. You can spot a small number of animals crossing this lake, probably heading for the wet swamps in the game reserve

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  • Cynthia Moss's Camp

    Cynthia Moss has been studying the Amboseli elephants for around 30 years, and knows each and everyone of them by name. We were lucky to visit the park with someone who had been working for her, and with whom we paid a short visit to her camp, although unfortunately Cynthia was not there. The campsite is hidden among palm trees, and elephants are...

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  • Almost OUT-2!

    ELEPHANT family groups all over AMBOSELI.Still I am not done with AMBOSELI RESERVE!Still the best to come here!10/2001

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Amboseli National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • RUMBLE-TIME!

    I don't know, TOO FUNNY these guys! Wetnoses, side-ways chewing! They look likethey want to dish it out! If you get out of yourtruck! YOU WILL FIND OUT!!!!!10/2001 CAMERA!

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  • LAZY IN THE SUN!!

    Don't ask me how they an do it! There is hardly any shade here. But, the wildlife areborn here. Have to deal with it! They have the swamp! But they look like they're on the:BEACH!!!!!10/2001 DUST, A BUDDY, a little shade wouldn't hurt!

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Amboseli National Park Favorites

  • The shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro

    Depending on what type of course work you are doing below are wildlife based institutions that could be helpful;1. The Elephant Research2. Wildlife Educational Center (Kimana3. Baboons Research Center. and the more educative is the community / KWS / Born Free initiatives on Human Wildlife Conflict.The nearest market center is Kimana and...

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  • Write a Journal!

    Our favorite part of Kenya was simply absorbing and knowning that due to it's immense, we would need to catalog and jot down for posterity as much as possible in a journal.It is easy to become confused and awed due to it's immensity and overwhelming experiences, especially when you first arrive.Took me back to my young days as a child on Christmas...

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  • Amboseli and water

    Altough there is plenty of permanent water in the Amboselli park, there are also parts that are very dry. The Masai in the area need to give water to the cows, so in dry times truck get water from the park and transport it to the villages so the Masai cows can drink.All the water in Amboseli comes from Mt Kilimanjaro. The icecap on this mountain is...

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