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Amboseli National Park - Kenya

Have you ever seen a photo of an elephant wandering across the savanna with a huge snow-clad mountain in the background? It is hugely popular on the front of travel magazines about Africa and the place to see this surreal scene for real is Amboseli NP.

This is one national park you should not miss when planning your trip to Africa with Tripindigo as it is one of the best places in Africa to see wildlife as the vegetation is sparse due to the dry climate.



Main attractions

The name Amboseli comes from a Masai word meaning ‘salty dust’. The national park is situated close to the Tanzanian border and Mt Kilimanjaro is the imposing backdrop to the south.

The reasons Amboseli NP is so incredibly popular are:

  • Amazing views of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain
  • The best place in Africa to get close to the majestic elephant
  • Chance of seeing elephants forage in wetlands, with only their backs sticking out
  • Abundant wildlife due to the ever-present water coming down from Kilimanjaro
  • Visit a Maasai village in the area around Amboseli and learn more about this fascinating culture

 

Views of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli NP

Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is most often visible in the morning. Make sure you don’t miss the early morning game drive for a chance to capture the quintessential African photo of an elephant walking on the grasslands with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background. This photo can only be taken in Amboseli NP!

Get close to the many elephants of Amboseli NP

Amboseli NP is the place where you are pretty much guaranteed to see elephants, as much of the water that comes down the highest mountain in Africa (Kilimanjaro), resurfaces in Amboseli, attracting herds of elephants, and a lot of other animals, year-round.

Elephants eating in the wetlands of Amboseli

All the water coming down from Kilimanjaro creates huge wetland areas in Amboseli NP. One of the most impressive things to see are just the backs of the enormous elephants sticking out as they slowly walk through these wetlands whilst eating to their heart’s content from the food all around them.

Lots of animals to see on your game drive in Amboseli NP

Sightings of other wildlife, especially other water loving animals like the waterbuck, the hippo, and the Bohor reedbuck as well as many birds and water birds are also very impressive in Amboseli NP, but don’t expect the same number of animals you see in the Masai Mara as this is a much smaller national park. The smaller size park does mean you can see most of it in 2-3 days.

Cultural visits to a Maasai village

Many Masai live in the Amboseli area and most of the lodges offer a cultural visit to a village as an optional extra, this is a great way to learn more about the local culture.

 

Information for visitors

Did you know?

  • You can enjoy a picnic and excellent views from Observation Hill.
  • Amboseli NP has four distinct landscapes, from the dried-up lake Amboseli, the savannah, woodlands areas, and the spring-fed wetlands, each offering their own unique range of animals.
  • Amboseli NP is the second most popular park in Kenya after the Masai Mara.

 

Popular Activities

  1. Game drives
  2. Bird watching
  3. Picnics
  4. Photography

When staying at any lodge in or near Amboseli NP, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. All lodges will be able to cater for any dietary requirements.

Where to stay: in Amboseli NP or in Amboseli (the county)

There are not many options to stay inside Amboseli NP, but many lodges and camps are located just outside the boundaries of the national park. The lodges inside the national park are generally more expensive than those just outside the boundaries of the national park.

If it is important to you to stay within the national park boundaries, make sure you check very closely if your accommodation is inside Amboseli NP or in Amboseli (the name of the area).