- Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park
An Amboseli safari puts you in prime position for one of Africa’s most iconic images: snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro with an obliging herd of elephants in the foreground. Africa’s highest peak lies in Tanzania but it is Amboseli National Park in neighbouring Kenya that has the best views of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain.
Included on many safari itineraries as a one or two-night experience, Amboseli offers a different side to the Masai Mara, with which it is often combined. A region of arid grassland as well as extensive wetlands, Amboseli is home to lions, leopards and cheetah plus buffalo, giraffe and many antelope species. Its placid elephants are among the easiest in East Africa to get close to for amazing photography and its bird count is said to be over 400 species – an astonishing number for a park less than 400 km² in size (about 150 miles²).
There are safari lodges scattered both inside the national park and on adjoining private concessions. Some lodges offer spa treatments, massages and swimming pools; others promise a more down-to-earth bush camp experience complete with bucket showers. The richly layered Amboseli is also great for families on a safari together. Several camps have family-friendly suites and provide guided activities suitable for children.
Morning and afternoon game drives are the main focus on an Amboseli safari but, depending on the accommodation, wildlife viewing may be mixed with cultural interactions and other adventures such as horseback safaris and bush breakfasts. Lodges that are privately located offer additional activities such as guided nature walks and spot-lit night drives.
Combining easily with Kenya’s Masai Mara, Amboseli also lies close to the Tanzanian border. This makes it relatively simple to combine Kenya’s best wildlife destinations with those of Tanzania including the world-famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. And with the advantage of domestic air travel, it is a straightforward exercise to combine Amboseli and a Kenya safari with the Indian Ocean coast for an unforgettable safari and beach holiday.
Talk to Safari Online about an Amboseli safari and we’ll recommend the best tour and accommodation for your budget and interests. We can also tailor-make an itinerary for you, combining Amboseli with your choice of safari destinations in Africa.