Amboseli National Park is home to the African Elephant. It is one of the most visited parks in Kenya. The park is just below the Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro on the Kenyan side where the view is striking.
Amboseli Park is one of the best places in Africa where you can view the large herds of elephants at a close range.
If you are a nature lover, the park also gives you a change to explore the different habitats in Amboseli. The habitats range from the savannah, dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands and woodlands. You can also visit the local masai community who live around Amboseli park to have a firsthand experience about their culture.
Where Is Amboseli National Park?
Amboseli National Park is situated north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro on the border with Tanzania.
What is the size of Amboseli National Park?
The Park covers an area of 392 square km.
Amboseli National Park Best Time to Visit
Amboseli National Park can be visited throughout the year. The park is always open from 6am to 7pm in the evening including the public holidays.
The highly recommended best time to visit Amboseli is during the dry months, which fall from June to October and from January to February. During the short rains in November and long rains in April and May the animals tend to spread out, therefore you might spot fewer animals as they tend not to go to the water sources. But due to the climate change, you can’t tell when the rains will rain.
A view of Mount Kilimanjaro is best in the early morning and late in the afternoon, when the sky is clear.
Amboseli National Park Weather and Climate
The climate in Amboseli region is hot and dry. Temperature in Amboseli National Park ranges from 20-30 c throughout the year and the rainfall is from 200mm – 700 mm. The region has two rain seasons. The long rains come between March and April, while the short in November and December.
How to get to Amboseli national park
Amboseli National park is situated 240km from Nairobi via Namanga and 228 km via Emali. You can get to Amboseli National park by road or air. The best means of transport is by road using a customized safari minivan or a 4 x 4 Safari land cruiser. The vehicle will also enable you to do your game drives with ease.
The park has airstrips which are served by scheduled flights from Nairobi to Amboseli. Most flying safaris to Amboseli are normally offered as a package.
Amboseli National Park Animals
Amboseli offers great wildlife viewing. There are a number of wild animals that you will spot; some of the wild animals are common while others are rare. Some of the animals to be spotted in Amboseli include:-
- Burchell’s zebra
- Grant’s gazelle
- Thomson’s gazelle
- Masai giraffe
- Wild dogs
- Dik- dik
- Lesser Kudu
- Nocturnal Porcupine
- More than 600 bird species
Amboseli Park Attractions
- The Large Herds of Elephants
- Mt. Kilimanjaro
- The Big Five
- Visit to Masai culture Villages
- Bird watching
- Visit the Observation Hill
Amboseli National Park Entry Fees
The Amboseli national park fees are as follows
Amboseli National Park Map