The vast dry plains, acacia woodland, marshes and rich swamplands of the international biosphere reserve that is Amboseli National Park are home to an incredible wealth of wildlife which includes some 400 species of birds and, famously, large herds of elephants. Amboseli's bull elephants have some of the biggest tusks in Africa, and the sight of these magnificent beasts is quite simply awe-inspiring, especially with the backdrop of Kilimanjaro.
Reasons to visit Amboseli include:
The best time to visit Amboseli is the non-rainy months as it makes game viewing much better and there are not so many difficulties in getting around. April and May are therefore the months to avoid as it is the season of the long rains. Though having said that Amboseli is an area of relatively low rainfall. Mid-November and early December can sometimes be a little wet too (the short rains), but it tends not to spoil visits as it rarely rains too much or for long as this time. If you’re a birder, the best time to be here is from about October to January for migratory birds, though there is good birdlife much of the year.
You can either fly or drive to Amboseli from Nairobi. It takes about 4 hours to drive, or the flight is roughly 1 hour (depending on whether it’s direct or not). Amboseli combines well and easily with Tsavo which is quite close, and also with time on the coast. Many people also link it with other reserves within Kenya, such as the Masai Mara or more northerly parks such as Samburu for a very different landscape.
There is a good choice of lodges and tented camps in the reserve. If you prefer ‘proper’ walls to canvas ones, consider Serena Lodge or Ol Tukai, but the smaller tented camps such as Tortilis or Amboseli Porini are some of our favourites.
An excellent tented safari camp in Amboseli with good links with the local Maasai community.
A large lodge set in Amboseli National Park against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro.
Adventure camping with great guides means you get a high quality safari experience for a very good price.
A centrally located lodge in the heart of Amboseli National Park with stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.
Language: Kiswahili and English are the official languages.
Visas are required for European passport holders.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.