5700 acres in the heart of the Amboseli ecosystem
Kimana Sanctuary is special. It is the central part of a crucial corridor that links Amboseli National Park with the Chyulu Hills and Tsavo protected areas, providing animals with a route through the narrowest part of the space between two settled areas.
Leased from the local community, it hosts majestic elephant bulls and family herds as they undertake their seasonal journeys, the occasional lion or cheetah, and is a permanent home to a remarkable diversity of woodland and savannah species.
For visitors, it is a wonderful place to observe peaceful and relaxed animals in a beautiful environment. With Kilimanjaro to the south and the Chyulu Hills distantly to the north, the views are spectacular. Driving along the river you’ll be shaded by magnificent yellow fever trees, with grey-headed kingfishers darting along the banks and vervet monkeys keeping a watchful eye on you from the lower branches. Out on the open plains you’ll find Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles, zebra, eland and a thriving population of warthogs amongst others. Here the umbrella acacia’s provide shade against the hot sun as well as those classic East African silhouettes on the skyline.
The sanctuary is communally owned by 480 local Maasai, who in 1996 had the vision to set-aside this land as the very first community conservancy in Kenya. Tourism provides a much needed revenue stream for this community, and is therefore a critical incentive for preserving this important piece of land.
There are 22 rangers who provide wildlife security throughout the sanctuary and work tirelessly to mitigate any conflict between wildlife and the bordering landowners, ensuring the safety of both people and wildlife.
Come And visit!
The gates open at 6:00 am and close at 6:00 pm.
For Kenyan residents/citizens the entrance fee is 1000 Ksh | USD $10 and for non-residents it is 2500 Ksh | USD $25.
Children under 10 years go free and ages 10-18 pay 50%.
You can pay by cash or Mpesa at the gate.
4x4 vehicles are recommended.
All income is divided between the community and the on-going conservation of the area.
KIMANA SANCTUARY IS INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF it's PARTNERS