Set in the shadows of Mt Kilimanjaro, Amboseli offers a spectacular safari experience

Witness spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro

Located in southern Kenya on the border with Tanzania, Amboseli National Park is one of the most popular parks in the country.

Amboseli is situated at the base of the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain at 5,895m, and the iconic peak provides a breathtaking backdrop for wildlife safaris. 

Covering an area of 392km², Amboseli has a mixed topography of plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush, swamps and marshes, and the even terrain makes wildlife particularly easy to spot and photograph.

The park is renowned for its huge herds of elephants (there are over 900 elephants in Amboseli) and its abundance of giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, impalas, dik-diks, warthogs, and predators including lions, leopards, cheetah, and hyenas.

There are also a number of rare species within Amboseli, including wild dogs, lesser kudu and nocturnal porcupines. More than 600 species of birdlife have been recorded within the park, including waterfowls such as pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops and Egyptian geese.

Observation Hill is a volcanic hill that rises over the predominantly flat park, and this is one of the only places where you can get out and walk. The summit offers incredible panoramic views, overlooking a marshy swamp which attracts elephants, buffalos and hippos.  

Featured Amboseli Trip Ideas

Amboseli is the perfect location for a first-time safari experience and an excellent option for families, honeymooners and wildlife photographers. It’s also great for those who have limited time, as its relatively small size allows you to explore the whole park within two days.

Where to stay in Amboseli

Our preferred accommodation in this area is the luxurious Ol Donyo Lodge, an incredible property set on a private conservancy on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills between Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks. The lodge is located in the 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, and the entire area is reserved exclusively for the lodge guests, meaning you can get the renowned Amboseli experience without the crowds and minibuses. 

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