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Amboseli National Park

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When To Go?

Best Time to Visit Amboseli

Amboseli can be considered a year-round safari destination but the best time to visit is during the long dry season from the beginning of June to the end of October. This is also the time when migrating wildebeest herds have made their way to the Masai Mara, making an Amboseli/Masai Mara safari very rewarding during this period.

Temperatures are at their mildest in June, July and August with the daily average between 24 and 25°C (75 – 77°F) and rainfall virtually non-existent. You’ll need to pack warm clothes for early morning game drives and you’ll appreciate an extra blanket at night but frost is rare. The temperature climbs steadily through September and October but rain remains limited to a few scattered showers. With the dry season’s vegetation low and brown, it is easy to spot wildlife at this time of year, especially since many animals are concentrated at the park’s permanent wetlands.

One disadvantage of the dry season however is the amount of dust and smoke that can be in the air, making the landscape quite hazy, something to consider if you are anticipating clear skies and sharp-edged imagery of – for example – Mount Kilimanjaro.

Rain increases dramatically in November, also triggering the movement of wildebeest away from the Masai Mara and into Tanzania’s Serengeti. There is a little less rain between December and February in Amboseli but average daytime temperatures reach their yearly high at this time – over 30°C (86°F).

The period between March and May is known as the ‘long rains’ and is not considered the best time to go to Amboseli for game viewing. These green rainy seasons do however offer very good bird watching as well as clearer skies for sharper photography. April is the wettest month.

Bear in mind that Amboseli’s relative closeness to Kenya’s capital Nairobi means that the park is often busy with local visitors over weekends and school holidays, especially during Easter and Christmas.

JUN JUL AUG SEPT OCT
Dry & warm to hot weather, peak game viewing & the lowest malaria risk
NOV DEC JAN FEB
‘Short rains’ Nov & Dec; good game viewing in Jan & Feb
MAR APR MAY
‘Long rains’ & peak malaria risk; game viewing may be limited
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What to do in Amboseli

Activities to Look Forward To

1. Go on a game drive

Go on morning & afternoon game drives with expert guides to see Amboseli’s wildlife; vehicles are open sided & raised off the ground for easy views & photography. Some lodges offer a full-day game drive with picnic lunch.

2. See Mount Kilimanjaro

The soft light of dawn & sunset gives the best views of Africa’s highest peak but ‘Kili’ is an awe-inspiring sight any time of day, especially with a herd of elephants grazing on the savannah in front of it.

3. Walk Amboseli

Accommodations located in private concessions offer their guests guided nature walks as an extra activity. Usually enjoyed after the morning drive, these walks are a great way to view the smaller details & for birdwatchers to tick off a few more species.

4. Meet the Maasai

Many Amboseli lodges offer their guests not just the chance to sit back & watch nightly shows of traditional Maasai song & dance but opportunities to travel to local communities & meet the red-robed Maasai people in their own environment.

5. Explore by Night

Privately situated lodges in Amboseli offer night drives in addition to morning & afternoon drives. Armed with a spotlight, your guide will be on the lookout for Africa’s rarely seen nocturnal wildlife, including honey badgers, eagle-owls & bush babies.

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