Amboseli National Park

The vast dry plains, acacia woodland and marshes of Amboseli are home to large herds of elephants, wildebeest, zebra, impala and over 400 species of birds.

Our visit to Amboseli - seeing the ecosystem and elephants - was spectacular,

  • Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, Kenya © kyslynskahal,Shutterstock

    Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, Kenya

  • Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya © IMateev,Shutterstock

    Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

  • Giraffes in Amboseli National Park, Kenya © IMateev,Shutterstock

    Giraffes in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

  • Amboseli National Park, Kenya © AJandi,Shutterstock

    Amboseli National Park, Kenya

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An incredible wealth of wildlife resides in Amboseli National Park. The elephants here are some of the most observed and studied in Kenya. Amboseli’s impressive bull elephants have some of the biggest tusks in Africa. The sight of these magnificent beasts is quite simply awe-inspiring, especially with the iconic dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

This is Kenya’s second most popular park after the Masai Mara.  Amboseli National Park is blessed with stunning scenery and a plethora of game. Take a game drive and you’ll get those classic safari photographs of a typical African safari scene with wide savannah, lush forests and wetlands too.  In 1980 it was declared, quite rightly, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

  • Amboseli wildlife: The rich ecosystem of Amboseli is home to a plethora of wildlife; elephants, giraffe, Burchell’s and plains zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and spotted hyena. Lion and cheetah are quite common though you are unlikely to see any leopard.  Birding is excellent too with around 400 species recorded.
  • Amboseli landscapes:  Amboseli’s landscapes won’t disappoint. This is your typical African safari landscape, watched over by Mount Kilimanjaro just across the border in Tanzania which makes an excellent backdrop.
  • When to visit Amboseli:  See our When to Go page for more detail, but a rough guide is to visit Amboseli in the non-rainy months for better game viewing and when it’s easier to get around. The long rains come in April and May so visiting then is best avoided. Birder should consider October to January when migratory birds are in the area, though there is good birdlife for much of the year.
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Amboseli National Park

Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, Kenya

With a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli is home to large herds of elephants, wildebeest, zebra, impala and over 400 species of birds.

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