travelling with kids will find
national park a safari destination matched to no other, with less
tourist traffic, breathtaking open spaces, easy access from Nairobi,
the list is endless.
The park described by writers as ' a home for
the Gods' covers 150sq mile south of Nairobi and lies just at the
foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain at 5,895m. The
park is currently on the cross roads with the government and the
local communities both claiming ownership. Kilimanjaro's snow capped
peaks dominate every aspect of this Park and form a stunning
backdrop to the wildlife found here - elephant, lion, leopard,
rhino, buffalo, cheetah and a host of plains game and its
breathtaking beauty, the tag is well worth the effort.
The area is home to
the Masai people, tall,
colourful, proud, nomadic warriors famous for their legendary prowess
in battle and single handed acts of bravery in fights with wild
animals. Perhaps, more than any other people they have learned to
live in complete harmony with the wildlife which surrounds them;
this knowledge is proudly shared to visitors and well worth the
time. Kids will be allowed to get really close and explore the
simple but fascinating homesteads, adults will also enjoy the
cultural aspect of the lifestyle.
Amboseli's Oltukai lodge is one of the best
spots in the world where children can watch elephants and study
their fascinating wilderness behaviour. This is where you will find
the highest concentration of elephants than anywhere else in Africa,
they can be seen spread well over the savannah woodland, and the
drive guides will not hesitate to demonstrate
how this clever mammals mourn and pay last
respect to a dead member or how they cross their tiny young on a
fast flowing river. .
Quietly tucked away from view, The Kibo family
Villa crouches undisturbed, an elegant three-bedroom log cabin built
in stone and gum tree, in complete harmony with its surroundings.
Own entrance, a lounge, a fully fitted kitchen and a barbecue area.
Secluded by a copse of indigenous Acacia Tortilis trees and five
acres of garden, Kibo Villa is peace and privacy made perfection.
Two or threes small families travelling together love the
self-catering option, use the lodges facility is welcome. Detailed
attention is taken on security issues and a resident nurse is
available on call.
Kids will love the lavish private family
buffet breakfast or dinner set out specially as a family package in
wonderful secluded detting amongst the tortillis trees only a
stone-throw away from the family of the resident elephants also
having a feast of their own, breakfast works out best.
Selenkay conservation area lies east of
Amboseli is well off the beaten track, never visited by tourist till
now, birdlife is prolific especially birds of prey. The 6 tents
Porini luxury camp caters for 12 guest at a time, the camp is in the
lines of a traditional luxury family camp, comfortable family tent
rooms, ensuite bathrooms, flush toilets, solar powered electric
lighting and an amazing chef completes a safari family haven!
At Amboseli locally trained masai naturalist or
walking guides will get Kids out in the mornings in a small group of
up to 8 kids for an adventurous nature exploration. This walking
trips to the nearby sites in most cases will include lessons on the
masai hunting techniques, catching and naming butterflies, treasure
hunts, tree planting, hide and seek in animal camouflaged clothing
and an interesting Q and A session answering every question they've
ever had on wildlife and African tribesmen.
The young rangers club is available to 10 - 15
year olds, could be a temporally or annual membership with news
letters and birthday cards sent to members all over the world from
deep down wild Africa!
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