Probably second only to the 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.

Highlights
  • Iconic, snow-capped Kilimanjaro as a backdrop
  • Known for its huge herds of elephants
  • Excellent variety and abundance of wildlife
  • Great selection of safari lodges
  • Game viewing includes game drives, walking and horseback safaris
  • Different types of landscapes add to scenic safari experience

Amboseli National Park is on the Tanzanian border, just north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro (or Kili as it's known to locals), and provides the most iconic and majestic views of the world's highest 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 wildlife

The smallish park, covering just 390 km², is part of the vast Amboseli ecosystem of 3,000 km² with a variety of landscapes from dry expanses of open plains and rocky thornbush 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, horseback 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 big African 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 km from Nairobi and is often included on safari itineraries as it's easy to get to by road or air. It combines well 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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Ol Donyo Lodge
Ol Donyo Lodge - Amboseli - Kenya

A co-operative venture between the owners and the local Maasai, Ol Donyo Lodge is a conservation success story near Amboseli in Kenya. With an established trust, a sustainable balance exists between the pastoral Maasai, the abundant wildlife, and the game ranch.

Tortilis Camp
Tortilis Camp - Amboseli - Kenya

About 140 km south of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is second only to the Maasai Mara as the most popular safari area in Kenya. Tortilis Camp is recognised as the only boutique safari camp in the area, famous for its huge elephant population and scenic beauty with the iconic snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro acting as a backdrop.

Lava Tower, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
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Tanzania in East Africa is one of the top safari destinations in Africa. Tanzania's vast Serengeti National Park is the scene of the annual Great Migration, a breathtaking wildlife spectacle which every serious safari enthusiast should observe at least once in a lifetime. Equally unique is the famous Ngorongoro Crater, home to unparalleled numbers of wild animals. It is easy to combine a safari in northern Tanzania with a tropical beach holiday on Zanzibar island, just off the coast of Tanzania. And for the serious traveller, the wild and remote southern region offers beautiful national parks which are relatively untouched by development and human settlement, with huge game reserves such as Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park.

Nairobi National Park
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Nairobi is usually your gateway into Kenya. While most safari visitors spend one night in the city on their way to or from their wildlife experience, Nairobi has great lodges and unique boutique hotels. The city is bursting with life with informal Maasai Markets lining the streets selling handmade arts and crafts to local tailors who can finish a beautifully made, bargain-friendly safari suit in 24 hours. Nairobi National Park with its dense concentration of black rhino is no more than 7 km from Nairobi's city centre.

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Ol Donyo Lodge - Amboseli - Kenya
Ol Donyo Lodge

A co-operative venture between the owners and the local Maasai, Ol Donyo Lodge is a conservation success story near Amboseli in Kenya. With an established trust, a sustainable balance exists between the pastoral Maasai, the abundant wildlife, and the game ranch.

Tortilis Camp - Amboseli - Kenya
Tortilis Camp

About 140 km south of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is second only to the Maasai Mara as the most popular safari area in Kenya. Tortilis Camp is recognised as the only boutique safari camp in the area, famous for its huge elephant population and scenic beauty with the iconic snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro acting as a backdrop.

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