Amboseli National Park, Kenya: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Located at the foot of Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania, Amboseli National Park was founded in 1968 as a nature reserve and declared a national park in 1974.
Characterized by boundless plains, offers a fairly sparse vegetation (mostly thorny shrubs, palm groves and ponds covered with papyrus), which facilitates the possibility of sighting wild animals, including above all the famous "Big five": lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos; as well as obviously many others and a huge amount of birds, which in the period between October and January stop at Amboseli, attracting tourists in Birdwatching from all over the world.
Here is a drive on Amboseli National Park, Kenya: where is it, when to go and what to see.


  1. Where it is
  2. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  3. What to bring: recommended clothing and equipment
  4. 10 things to see: animals and places of interest
  5. Excursions and guided tours in the Amboseli Park
  6. How much does it cost to visit Amboseli National Park? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Where it is

It is part of the state of Kenya, Africa. It rises 214 km south of Nairobi (the capital), right at the foot of Kilimanjaro: the highest peak in Africa, with its 5.895 m. It is one of the most authentic places for a safari in Kenya.

How to reach us

  • From the main European capitals: there are no direct flights, usually there is an airport change in Nairobi. The average flight duration is 20 hours

How to reach Amboseli National Park

Once you land in Amboseli, the fastest way to reach the park is by taxi: travel time is approximately four minutes and fares vary from € 1,00 to € 3,00.

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: temperate, with averages from 15 to 25 °. There are two dry seasons, from June to September and from January to February (the latter less pronounced), and two rainy seasons, from March to May, from October to December (the latter less intense)
  • Best time: from June to September and from January to February are the least rainy periods
  • Period to avoid: rainy seasons: March - May; October December. Rain is certainly the first enemy of an authentic safari in Africa
  • Advice: dress in layers, as the temperature is quite low during the early hours of the day. Also, the equatorial sun is very strong, especially when you go up in altitude

What to bring: recommended clothing and equipment

  • Clothing: clothes in neutral colors, comfortable canvas shoes, hat, sunglasses. Wear long sleeves and long pants after dark to protect yourself from mosquitoes
  • Equipment: camera with lenses and memory card, spotting scope, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, backpack or baby carrier

10 things to see: animals and places of interest

  1. Observation hill: volcanic hill located in the western part of the park, it is the only high point of the place, where you can get out of the car and continue on foot, enjoying the breathtaking view.
  2. Photo safari in the lodges: in addition to a real photographic hunt, this experience is a way to learn more about animals and their habits, the history and ecology of Africa.
  3. Night game drives: inside the park they are forbidden, however it is possible to take part in these night tours in the surrounding reserves and discover an Africa in the moonlight and a truly amazing fauna.
  4. Cultural visit to local villages: a close encounter with the Masai tribes, who still live according to their ancient traditions, escaping any modern social imaginary.
  5. Amboseli elephant research project: located in the heart of Amboseli, it is a site that hosts, studies and researches on African giants: elephants. The visit must be organized and booked in advance.
  6. Kilimanjaro: for the more adventurous, here is a nice climbing proposal, or simply a nature walk to admire its ice-covered summit.
  7. Nairobi: not very close but a duty. The capital of Kenya welcomes you among skyscrapers and mud huts. Gorgeous, versatile and cosmopolitan.
  8. Karen Blixen House Museum (Nairobi): home of the famous writer of the autobiographical novel "My Africa", from which a film with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford was made, amidst ancient memories and curious anecdotes.
  9. Tsavo west National Park: if you are not yet saturated and the km don't scare you again, you could opt for this one, which is another of the most beautiful national parks in Kenya.
  10. Malindi: the km are 530, but this city is a real earthly paradise. Colorful fish, white sand, palm trees and a turquoise velvet sea.

Excursions and guided tours in the Amboseli Park

How much does it cost to visit Amboseli National Park? Prices, offers and advice

The cost of a safari varies according to the duration, the park and the chosen period. The basic fee is usually around € 275,00 per person (there are numerous discounts for children and groups) to which the sums must then be added based on the options and packages chosen, even reaching figures equal to € 700,00 for one night only.

For an experience of this kind, which is not exactly a journey of sun and relaxation, it is recommended follow some tips: first of all it will be necessary to book everything and in detail in advance (you will have a wide choice of lodges and tented camps); always opt for a jeep and not for the various minibuses proposed, as the roads are very winding and the jeep journey is certainly more comfortable. Furthermore, if in your holiday relaxation by the sea is also included, then place the safari in the first days of travel, so that you will then have all the time to enjoy the "necessary" rest.

  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 275,00 per room -
  • starting from € 766,00 -
  • Return flight + 6 days / 7 nights from € 2.416,00 per person -

Travel informed: useful information on Kenya

  • Inhabitants: 48,46 million
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Languages: Swahili and English
  • Local currency: Kenyan shilling (Ksh or Kes) / Exchange rate: € 1,00 = 118,14 Kes (1 Kes = € 0,0085)
  • Weather: hot and humid along the coast, temperate in the west and south-west (where there are mountains), hot in the plateau and park areas
  • vaccinations: no compulsory vaccination required, however those against: yellow fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhus and malaria prophylaxis are recommended
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least six months and tourist visa. The stay in Kenya is allowed for a maximum of three months
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

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