Amboseli National Park
Amboseli is the land of giants, the home to some of Africa’s oldest and bulkiest Elephants with enormous tusks. Towering above Amboseli is the jagged dome of Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
The park consists of marshes fed by the thawing ice of Kilimanjaro. This vast and ever-changing morass of marsh and open water is a necessary feeding and drinking point for large mammals during the dry season.
The inspirational sight of the Kilimanjaro snowcapped peak towering above the Amboseli plains provides a superb backdrop to the park’s prodigious wildlife.
One of the few places in Amboseli where you can leave the vehicle is at the observation hill. This isolated plug offers superb views of the surrounding plains, marshland, and the Elephants and Hippos as they wallow in the marshes during the day.
The wetlands also provide a great birding spot where you can view Flamingoes among other water birds depending on the seasons.
Lake Amboseli is mostly a dusty pan that fills up during the rainy season. When filled with water, wildlife and birdlife can often be found on this lake.
Why Visit Amboseli National Park
- Outstanding wildlife viewing, including Superb elephant sightings
- Big Five are easily found (rhino excluded)
- Beautiful views of Kilimanjaro on clear days
- Admirable birding, especially waterbirds in swamp habitats
What to Do
- Game drive safaris
- Bird watching
- Guided walking safaris
- An easy drive from Nairobi via Namanga or Emali
- Scheduled and Charter flights from Nairobi.
Best Time to Visit
Year-round but dry seasons are the best time to visit (June to October and January to February)