Views of Kilimanjaro at Dusk

Amboseli National Park is famous for its big 5 game safaris and scenic beauty; with the snowcap of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Elephants, lions, and cheetahs are the main attractions.

Amboseli National Park is approximately 200km from Nairobi and can be reached by road (approximately 4-hour drive) or air. The best time to visit is probably between July and October; when it is not as hot but is still warm and dry. The park covers an area of approximately 392km².

Amboseli safari - zebras
Tortilis Camp safari in Amboseli – Burchell’s zebra

The glistening majestic snowcap of Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape. Consequently; it is one of the most popular national parks in Kenya. Amboseli offers a wide range of accommodation inside the park; as well as a number of small tented lodges just outside the park boundaries.

Sandwiched between Amboseli and Tsavo East National Park is Chyulu Hills National Park.

Amboseli safari activities

Wildlife found here includes elephants, lions, leopards, cheetah, Masai giraffes, and buffaloes. Also common games such as zebra, eland, coke’s hartebeest, white-bearded Gnu, waterbuck, Thomsons, and Grant gazelle and impala. Black rhinos are seen occasionally. It is most famous for its large herds of elephants.

Amboseli game drives with Kili
Amboseli elephants on game drive with Kilimanjaro at Tortilis Camp

In the dry bush country towards Namanga you can find two interesting antelopes; the long-necked gerenuk (giraffe-necked antelope) and the fringe-eared oryx. In addition are smaller animals such as; black-faced vervet monkey and yellow baboon, black-backed jackals, spotted hyena, and bat-eared foxes; which are often seen basking in the sun outside their dens.

Birdlife is in abundance; with more than 400 different species especially near the lakes and swamps where you find water birds. The Madagascar Squacco Heron shows up in intervals and the long-toed lapwing is a resident in small numbers. Birds of prey include the six species of vultures, the Taita falcon, and the Southern branded Harrier eagle.

You’ll explore the park on normal game drives, mountain biking, walking safaris, or horseback. Horse riding safaris are a big drawcard in this area.

Amboseli horse riding safari
Amboseli horse riding safari with scenic Kilimanjaro