Author: Yellow Duckie
Would one national park differ one from another? Answer is yes. I must admit that when we have decided to visit Amboselli National Park, I was not that keen on the safari, instead for a relaxing weekend with good company and of course, to catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

The journey from Nairobi right to the doorstep of our villa was unexpectedly long. We were expecting only a 4 hour drive, however it turned out to be about more than 5 hours. Rattling along the Mombasa Road to Namanga and straight to Amboselli National was not unbearable with the company of great friends.
The moment we drive up to the Amboselli National Park's gate, we thought we were there...unfortunately the long wait during the ticket adminstration has taken longer than expected and plus the fact that our lodge is still an hour drive away, we were completely restless when we got to the Villa. ( I would strongly recommend this villa for big groups)

The landscape of this national park is quite flat and barren. Although some parts of the national parks has got beautiful view of the lake but I find that the number of animals here are disappointing. If you are looking for elephants, here is definitely "d" place for you as they can be seen literally almost everywhere in the park. As for the cats, we only caught sight of 2 teenage lions with their messy half grown mane that makes the the "ugliest" lions I've seen thus far. To avoid discouraging you further, it could be that we were there at the wrong season to catch the cats (lions, cheetah, leopards)..just our luck.

At certain part of the national park, you could find yourself drawn to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in full view (clear sky). The Ol Tukai Lodge where we stayed gives you a full view of the mountain at the door step of your villa or lodge. We never regret a single moment of having to wake up at 6 am for it.

Another interesting point to visit is the Observation Hill Walk trail which is quite an easy hike from the bottom to the top for the bird's eyes view of the national park.
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On April 4, 2009 at 10:08:00 PM GMT+3 , Purest Green said...

Your photos are beautiful. Lovely blog.

On April 9, 2009 at 9:33:00 AM GMT+3 , Yellow Duckie said...