Flamingos in Amboseli
Amboseli National Park is located in Kenya on the North-west of Kilimanjaro boardering Tanzania in sight of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. The Park is a paradise for bird watchers throughout the year with over 420 bird species. These birds are concentrated in mainly in the swamps. Flamingos, that were once almost absent in the park, are increasingly present.
Most lakes in Amboseli located on the western part of the park are seasonal and fill up during the rainy seasons of March to May and October to December. Large numbers of Flamingos are seen during these seasons.
When you get to Amboseli, there is something unique. The different shades of pink stand strongly against the dark waters of the lake. Every two or so seconds, a flamingo or couple lowers their beaks to reach out for something to feed on from the waters and the caked soil formation.
The unique feather light beauties could make one spend a daytaking pictures.
There are also many other species of aquatic birds both resident and migratory that frequent the shoeres of these swamps. Some other species include the common Grey crowned Carne, African Jacana, Goliath Heron, Hartlaub’s bustard, Rufous chatterer.
Amboseli National Park has a very high concentrations of wildlife especially during the dry seasons making the park a popular tourist destination.
The parks landscape and scenic beauty with open plains, rocky thorny bushes, acacia woodland is ideal for the huge numbers of Hipos, Elephants, Buffalos and birds.
How to get there
There are 2 ways of getting to Amboseli if you are travelling by road.
- It takes two and a half hours (228kms) from Nairobi to Meshanani gate. The road is very smooth if you are going through Emali a small town along Mombasa road.
- Using Nairobi -Arusha road up to Namanga is 240 kms then from Namanga to Meshanani gate its 45 minutes. The road is rough and bumby.
The other way to get to Amboseli is by Flying which takes half an hour or so from Jomo Kenyatta or wilson airports.
Check out some of our tours to Amboseli below: