Visit one of the most popular parks in Kenya. Find Amboseli National Park in the south in Loitoktok District, the Rift Valley Province. Mount Kilimanjaro forms a spectacular backdrop, as this is close to the Tanzanian border.
Travel easily to Amboseli by road or by air. Situated just 240km southeast of Nairobi, it spans an area of only 392 square kilometers. This beautiful park lies within the heart of an 8000km2 biome that spreads perfectly across the Kenya-Tanzania border.
Explore an unusual terrain of vast open plains, low scrubby vegetation, marshy springs and arid, dusty earth. Revel in the huge blue skies. Aim to get to the dried-up saline lake bed, subject to sporadic floods. Kilimanjaro's melting snows feed the natural springs and swamps, creating perpetual underground water sources.
Meet the colourful Maasai tribes people who have lived in complete harmony with their environment for decades. The park is peppered with inhabited and abandoned Maasai villages, or manyatta, hastily erected out of bent poles and sticks, plastered with cow dung.
A nomadic people and subsistence farmers, when the grazing is finished, people and herds simply move on, abandoning these homes. They're well known for their bright red robes, colourful bead necklaces and bracelets and for jumping high in the air during ceremonial dances.
THE AMBOSELI GAME VIEWING EXPERIENCE
Experience some of the best game drives, guided nature walks and horse-back safaris in Africa. See some of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world. Enjoy the thrill of viewing elephant in herds of more than 100 strong drinking from the surface springs. Watch colossal bulls carrying some of the largest tusks to be seen anywhere in Africa!
Driving through Amboseli National Park will also introduce you to buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, zebra, and many other herbivores. See predators on the hunt - observe lion, caracal, leopard, hyena, cheetah, servals and jackal prowling for an easy meal. Birding enthusiasts will find this national park in Kenya a real gem with more than 400 bird species recorded. Expect to see bee-eaters, pelicans, kingfishers including numerous eagles.
WHEN TO VISIT
Visit Amboseli any time during the year. Your safari will always yield incredible game viewing. Traverse and experience the park in a day or two, combining it with adventures in other parks and reserves nearby. January to March sees most of the animals congregating in the impassable swampy areas.
April to June bring with them a greener landscape with birds and wildlife scattered across the savannah. The best time to visit Amboseli National Park is in July to October when it is warm and dry as game viewing is more rewarding and the temperatures are just perfect.