Amboseli National Park

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Amboseli National Park

This is popularly known as the land of the African Elephant whose landscape is dominated by the snow-capped mountains of Kilimanjaro. It derives the name Amboseli from the Maasai Language meaning “Salty dust”. This park has huge numbers of wildlife, swamps and the open plains as well as the acacia woodland type of vegetation. The park is located in the south East part of Nairobi in Kajiado County the former Rift Valley Province. Amboseli National Park covers an area of 39,206 hectares in size and spreads towards the Kenya and Tanzanian boarder. This area is for the Masaai people who have an authentic and unique culture.

What to do or Attractions in Amboseli National Park

  • Wildlife like Volumes of Elephants and Big five (Buffaloes, Lions, leopards, Rhinos)
  • Birdlife
  • Swamps and lakes like
  • Cultural encounters of the Maasai people
  • Observation Hill
  • Mt Kilmanjaro

How to get there/ reach Amboseli

By Road

This is the most common type of transportation to the park and it will take you approximately 5-6 hrs from Nairobi city as you get to do more of sightseeing. The roads are in good condition and but as you get closer to the park, the roads are Marram and you may experience the African Massage. We recommend you use a 4×4 Vehicle and this ranges from Us dollars $200-$350 per day minus drivers’ allowance.

By Air

The air transportation is operated by a few companies that is Safari link which was voted the best park aviation company in Kenya although Air Kenya is also good. All flights take off from Wilson Airport in Nairobi town. It takes approximately 30-35 minutes to reach Amboseli National Park. The park has a single airstrip at Empusel gate although you can access it through nearby airstrips like at Kilmanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town.

However, we recommend the Empusel gate since it’s within the park.

Best time to Visit

We recommend the dry months of December- March and June-October where there is a high volume of wildlife in the reserve. Although you can visit in other months when it’s a wet season April and November with low numbers of wildlife.


  • Game drives
  • Boat rides
  • Birdwatching
  • Community and cultural encounters

Where to stay in Masai Mara

  • Lodges; Amboseli Sopa, Amboseli Serena Lodge, Oltukai Lodge, Tortilis Tented Lodge
  • Campsites; Amboseli Campsite

For your planning purposes you can visit the park for a day or multiple days depending on your budget. We recommend that you combine this tour with other classical places in Kenya like Masai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Baringo, Lake Naivasha, Aberdare and Lake Nakuru. Further this can also be combined with a safari to Uganda for gorillas and chimpanzees plus a Tanzania combination with Serengeti, Tarangire and Mountain Kilimanjaro.

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