Amboseli National park

Amboseli is often called the ‘Land of Giants’ – due to the impressive elephants here carrying massive tusks. The animals are set against breath-taking vistas of Mt Kilimanjaro, which makes an awesome backdrop to the small park. Aside from elephants, many plains animals are easy to spot. Fantastic photo opportunities are possible, and early mornings are best for clear views of Kilimanjaro.

Wildlife viewing in Ambroseli NP

Amboseli offers great wildlife viewing, and four of the Big Five are present. Rhinos are absent, but big herds of elephants reliably move to and from the marshy swamps in the centre of the park. Buffalo, wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra and gazelle are all very common. Lions are the easiest to spot of the big cats, but sightings are hit-and-miss.

Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most famous parks, with excellent wildlife viewing. The park is known for its elephants, but it also has the majority of the large safari animals. The black rhino has gone extinct, but the other four members of the Big Five are all alive and well. Wide herbivores such as wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, and Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle thrive in the plains.

Elephants are Amboseli’s specialty. In the mornings and evenings, large numbers of cattle wander the sandy plains. During the day, the elephants spend most of their time partly immersed in the Ol Okenya marsh, foraging. The Amboseli elephants bear especially amazing ivory and are very comfortable around cars because they have been shielded from poaching for a long time.

Amboseli can be visited at any time of year, but the best time to see wildlife is during the dry season, from June to October, when species congregate near marshes and other predictable water bodies. Animals walking the sandy plains stir up a lot of dust when it’s dusty, which makes for some perfect picture chances when the light is dark.

Scenery: The park encompasses a diverse range of environments, from sandy fields and marshy swamps, but it is the snow-capped Kilimanjaro looming over the Amboseli plains that draws the majority of tourists.

Best Bird Watching Season: Amboseli is a bird-paradise watcher’s all year. Among the residents are rare animals that can be seen at any moment. From November to April, the park is overrun with migratory birds. November and April are the months when rain is most likely to derail the bird-watching plans.

Weather & Climate: The average daytime temperature in Amboseli is around 28°C/82°F, while the average nighttime temperature is around 15°C/59°F. Temperatures reach their highest point at the end of the wet season (October to May), with April being especially hot. After the downpours of the ‘long rains’ and before the lighter showers of the’short rains,’ things cool down a little in the Dry season (June to September).

The best times to visit are during the two drier seasons of the year, in between the area’s short and lengthy periods of runoff, and during the Dry season proper (June to September). Rain won’t spoil your game drive, and the animals won’t be able to hide in the sparse weeds. However, the park can get very crowded at these moments.

Amboseli is situated 365 kilometers (226 miles) southeast of Nairobi. It’s a smart idea to drive yourself from Nairobi to the reserve. If you’re on a road trip across the world, you can even drive from other parks. The distance between Tsavo East and Tsavo West is approximately 460 kilometers/285 miles, and the driving time is approximately eight hours.

There are regularly scheduled flights from Nairobi, as well as Tsavo West and the Masai Mara, to Amboseli’s airstrip.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), located 15 kilometers/9 miles southeast of Nairobi, is a prominent entry point. Moi International Airport (MBA) is the country’s second international airport, located 9 kilometers (6 miles) west of Mombasa.