How to Plan a Trip to Amboseli National Park

How to Plan a Trip to Amboseli National Park  : Amboseli national park is the second popular Kenya wildlife destination and national park coming second to Masai Mara national reserve, the park is known for being the best place to see Mount Kilimanjaro the tallest free standing mountain in the world.

Amboseli national park is probably Africa’s best hidden Gem offering the best views of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a home to some of the largest herds of elephants with impressive tusks on the African continent.  The park offers 100% guaranteed encounters of wildlife including zebras, giraffes, lions, cheetahs and cape buffaloes among others.

Amboseli national park is a magical Kenya destination and during your Kenya visit, you will enjoy panoramic views, spot large herds of elephants made up of 30, 40 to 50 elephants together strolling through the savannah plains of the park, whether you visit, Amboseli national park for game viewing, bird watching or sights watching, you will not be disappointed.

How to Plan a Trip to Amboseli National Park
Amboseli Park

When planning a trip to Amboseli national park, here are some of the details you need to know about Amboseli national park.

Understanding Amboseli national park more

Amboseli national park is located approximately 200 kilometers south of Nairobi and is situated close to the border of Kenya and Tanzania, the park is very accessible and hosts abundance of wildlife and birdlife which make it an interesting Kenya safari destination to visit.

Regardless of the small size of the park, Amboseli national park is probably the best wildlife destination in Africa as it offers some of the best animal encounters to see on the Africa continent.

Some of the highest concentration of wildlife in Amboseli national park is seen during the dry season that is June to October and December to March, Amboseli national park is considered to be the best spot to see elephants in the whole of East Africa.

The unique location of Amboseli national park adds on the experience in the park as it lies on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the park is supplied enough fresh water from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap. Because of enough of water, there are abundance of wildlife existing throughout the year. Additionally, Amboseli national park is some of the best sites for bird watching and it is recognized as one of the important Birding Areas in Kenya. Some of the birds in the park include thousands of flamingoes, ostriches among other East African birds.

How to access Amboseli national park

Amboseli national park can be accessed from Nairobi or Arusha which is the best way to explore the park from west to East, from the west, the park is accessed using western gates that are Meshanani Gate or Kiritua Gate located between 70 -80 kilometers from the town of Namanga. Road conditions are in a very good shape, however the road from Namanga to Kiritua Gate is a dirt – road and in this area there is plenty of accommodations in this area.

How to Plan a Trip to Amboseli National Park
Birding Safari in Amboseli

Where is the best place to stay in Amboseli national park?

Amboseli national park is a relatively small national park with numerous accommodations, tourists can chose to either stay inside the park or outside the park, How to Plan a Trip to Amboseli National Park .

Accommodation outside the national park

There are multiple lodges and camps situated between Kiritua Gate and Namanga, this is the best location to stay during your Kenya safari to Amboseli national park. most of these lodges offer excellent views of Mount Kilimanjaro and it is a drive of about 10 minutes to get to the park.

There are also accommodations situated next to the Meshanani, Ermito and Kimana gates

Accommodation inside the national park

Inside Amboseli national park, there are several accommodation options, these accommodations are priced high and are of high quality. These accommodations include

  • Amboseli Lodge
  • Ol Tukai Lodge
  • Serena Safari Lodge
  • Elewana Tortilis Camp

 There are also public campsites suitable for budget travelers and campers.

Best time to visit

To experience the best of Amboseli national park during a Kenya safari, the best time to visit the park is during dry season from June to October. In this period, waterholes become excellent view points for observation of animals. In the short grasslands of the park, you will be able to spot lions, cheetahs among others.

 In Africa and Kenya as well, the dry season means peak season, in this period expect accommodations to be booked months in advance.

How to Plan a Trip to Amboseli National Park
How to Plan a Trip to Amboseli National Park

When you are intending to go for a Kenya safari to Amboseli national park, it is recommended to book your safari months before the dates of your Kenya safari.

Though dry season is the best time to visit Amboseli national park, the wet season also offers a completely different experience. Due thick vegetation cover, big cats become kind of difficult to spot, however it is easier to see large herds of elephants roaming around.

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