Amboseli National Park Parks and Reserves
Probably second only to Maasai Mara in popularity, Amboseli is a fairly small park known for its vast elephant herds. They're often photographed with nearby Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Only 200 km from Nairobi, Amboseli combines well with a number of other game parks for an outstanding Kenyan safari experience.
* Amboseli National Park Highlights
- ∞Iconic, snow-capped Kilimanjaro as a backdrop
- ∞Known for its huge herds of elephants
- ∞Excellent variety and abundance of wild life
- ∞Great selection of safari lodges
- ∞Game viewing includes game drives, walking and horse-backed safaris
- ∞Different types of landscapes add to scenic safari experience
Amboseli National Park is on the Tanzanian border, just north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro (Kili as it’s known to locals), and provides the most iconic and majestic views of the world's tallest free-standing mountain. It’s probably one of the most photographed wildlife areas in the world: you'll see it typically showing huge herds of game pictured in front of the backdrop of snow-capped Kili.
Small in size, but not in amount of wildlife
A smallish park, covering just 390 km², it’s part of the vast Amboseli ecosystem of 3000 km² with a variety of landscapes from dry expanses of open plains and rocky thorn-bush to acacia woodlands, swamps and marshlands. It’s best known for its huge herds of elephants. An abundance of wildlife congregates here in the dry season, making this park second only to Maasai Mara in popularity.
Great choice of lodges & game viewing options
There is a good choice of luxury lodges at Amboseli and you have the option to go on game drives, horse-back safaris and guided bush walks with experienced guides and rangers. The game viewing is not quite on par with Maasai Mara as it’s a much smaller park, but you’re likely to see the classical big mammals: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, giraffe, several antelope species and other plains animals. Birding is very respectable with over 300 species recorded here.
Easy reach of Nairobi
Amboseli is about 200 kms from Nairobi and is often included on safari itineraries as it’s easy to get to by road or air. It makes a good combination with safaris to Maasai Mara and Tsavo National Park as well as parks in neighbouring Tanzania like Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha and the more famous Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.
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Before you go to Amboseli National Park Things you should know before you go!
Malaria is a consideration in Amboseli National Park
Learn more about malaria areas and malaria prevention with our resource article.
Malaria Areas & Prevention
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