Amboseli National Park | Wild Safari Guide

Amboseli National Park is located in southern Kenya and offers an unforgettable experience in Africa. The National Park boasts a scenic landscape painted against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro and is well known for its large herds of tusked elephants. Declared a UNESCO-Mab Biosphere Reserve in 1991, Amboseli is the second most popular park in Kenya after Maasai Mara. 

The Park is defined by an impressive ecosystem that spans the Kenya-Tanzania border and provides one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world. Travellers visiting the Park can enjoy a powerhouse of outdoor recreation, as well as modern and luxury amenities and facilities within the on-site camps. 

Nairobi is approximately 240 kilometres from Amboseli National Park and has an international airport—Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Safari-goers looking to self-drive can do so with ease. The country’s capital boasts numerous attractions and facilities, including shopping districts, museums, banks, and restaurants, and those staying in the Park will enjoy all the comforts of home.

Q How to get to Amboseli.

By Road: Amboseli National Park can be accessed by road and airstrip. The main road is from Nairobi via Emali on the Nairobi- Mombasa highway, a distance of 250 km South of Nairobi through the Iremito gate and you can top up the entrance fees here. The other road is from Nairobi via Namanga and onto Meshanani gate. From Namanga to Meshanani gate is 75 kilometers of a badly corrugated and potholed road. Access from Mombasa is also through Iremito gate via Emali or Kimana gate via Tsavo west National park. Amboseli has five gates; Iremito, Kimana, Meshanani, Airstrip and Kitirua gate.

Q Best time to visit Amboseli – rates and fees

Best time to visit Amboseli – rates and feesJanuary and February are good months to visit Amboseli, as well as June through September. Avoid April and May, which are the rainy season. There may also be some rain from November to December, which may make the roads in Amboseli impassable.

Temperatures year round are 27-31°C (81-88°F) in the day and 22-24°C (72-75°F) at night. For Kenya birdwatchers, the best months to see migratory birds are October to January. The best times for viewing are early and late in the day, as animals tend to sleep in the hot midday sun. Park entrance fees and opening hours: – you can view the latest Amboseli national park fees for both citizens and non-citizens. The Kenya wildlife administration offers reduced fees for Kenyan citizens and residents.

Q Amboseli Climate Guide

The Climate Guide for Amboseli, Kenya is perfect for planning your Kenya holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine. Amboseli’s climate is hot and arid, with scarce precipitation since it is in the rain shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. The annual rainfall of 12 to 16 inches (300-400 millimeters) comes in April/May and November/December. Five primary wildlife habitats comprise this fragile ecosystem: open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, marshland, and swamps. In the northwest area of the park the dry bed of Amboseli Lake is covered with fractured saline earth. During the wet season, the rains flood the lake bed and the surrounding area, diluting the salts. The saline soil inhibits tree growth, but the salt-rich pasture attracts many herbivores. Amboseli is actually overflowing with underground water year round. As the snows of Kilimanjaro melt and flow downhill, they soak the porous, volcanic rock subsoil. Several underground streams rise in two clear springs in the center of the park. On the park’s south side is a palm tree forest that provides cool shade and water, and is flanked on both sides by swamps. Observation Hill rises in the west, which provides spectacular views of the park. Amboseli is known for elephants—about 900 live in the park, along with zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, caracal, serval, lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog. More than 400 species of birds have been sighted.

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Amboseli is one of the best national parks in Kenya

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Amboseli is one of the best national parks in Kenya, with a wide variety of animals and birds, from grazers, hunters, to plants, especially in the wet season after the grasses have grown. The park has well serviced roads, making it easy to for a game drive, the absence of thick forest cover as seen with Mt. Kenya or Aberdares National Parks, implies that with a good camera or binoculars, one can see animals from miles away. My May 2017 visit was a good way to get away from the busy city, enjoyed the park drive and camping activities, looking forward to visiting again

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Amboseli National Park is considered Kenya’s second most popular park after Maasai Mara, and for good reason. The Park is famous for its large herds of elephants that roam the dusty landscape. These gentle giants usually spend their days around the Ol Okenya swamp, bathing, splashing, and foraging for food. 

Four of the Big 5 can be spotted during a safari holiday to Amboseli, so travellers should gear up for some amazing sights. Furthermore, the National Park brims with wildlife such as gazelles, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, wildebeest, and hippos. All of which add to an amazing safari experience. Furthermore, Amboseli National Park is a great destination for birding, with over 420 species. 

Amboseli National Park is open throughout the year. However, experts recommend visiting during the dry months—between June and October, as well as January and February. During the dry season, the Park’s wildlife can be found around the watering holes, and are easier to spot. January and February are less busy when it comes to tourists, so those looking to escape the crowds should consider these months.

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The accommodation options within Amboseli National Park are endless. From luxury tented safari camps and game lodges to guest houses and basic camping sites, there is something for every taste, budget, and experience. At some accommodation sites, travellers can enjoy sublime views of Mount Kilimanjaro, eat breakfast in the bush or waterside, book numerous activities and experiences, and enjoy luxury amenities such as swimming pools, restaurants, and personal guides.

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