Amboseli National Park Kenya is one of Kenya’s most popular parks and offers great wildlife viewing. The park is famous for its elephants, but most big safari animals can be spotted here. The black rhino has become extinct, but the other four of the Big Five are present. The plains support an abundance of large herbivores including wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, and Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle.
Amboseli is often called the ‘Land of Giants’ – due to the impressive elephants here carrying massive tusks. The animals are set against breathtaking 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. Amboseli National Park Kenya
Amboseli’s specialty is its elephants. Big herds roam the dusty plains in the morning and evening. During the day the elephants mostly spend their time partially submerged, foraging in Ol Okenya swamp. Having been protected from poaching for a long time, the Amboseli elephants carry particularly impressive ivory and are very relaxed around cars. Amboseli National Park Kenya
Best Time for Wildlife Safari Tour Package
Amboseli can be visited throughout the year, but the most rewarding wildlife watching is in the Dry season, from June to October, when animals gather around the marshes and other predictable water sources. When dry, animals crossing the sandy plains tend to kick up a lot of dust, offering some great photo opportunities when the light is low.
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Amboseli is a good birding destination and more than 420 species have been recorded here. The swamps are great for water-associated birds such as egrets, herons, pelicans, and crowned cranes. Large numbers of flamingos may be present in the Wet seasons (March to May and October to December). Amboseli National Park Kenya
The grassland areas offer some interesting ground birds such as Hartlaub’s bustard and the localized Pangani longclaw. The acacia woodland holds some dry country specials such as steel-blue whydah, white-bellied go-away bird, and the Von der Decken’s hornbill.
Best Time for Bird Watching Safaris
Amboseli is a bird-watchers paradise throughout the year. Residents include unusual species that are spotted at any time. The migratory bird population fills the park from November to April. The months when rainfall is most likely to disrupt your bird-watching plans are November and April. Amboseli National Park Kenya
Conditions in Amboseli NP are hot and dry. Rain typically falls as short, heavy showers. During the day expect average temperatures of around 28°C/82°F and 15°C/59°F at night. Early morning activities, such as game drives, require warm clothing. The ‘long rains’ usually fall from mid-March to mid-May while the ‘short rains’ are from late October to mid-December.
Dry season –June to September
These are the coolest months and typically have bright, sunny days. It is very dry with practically no rain.
June & July – It is normally sunny. Expect average temperatures of around 25°C/77°F in the afternoon.
August & September – Daytime temperatures are on the rise until the rain breaks. Although temperature peaks are far higher, the average in September is about 26°C/79°F.
Wet season –October to May
The Wet season is marked by the ‘short rains’ followed by the ‘long rains’. January and February is a drier interlude. Driving can be a challenge in April and May when rains cause road conditions to deteriorate.
October, November & December – The rains generally begin at some point in October and peak in November. Normally it doesn’t rain for the whole day; however, afternoon storms are common. The average temperature is 28°C/82°F during the day, but it increases before it rains. Amboseli National Park Kenya
January & February – The exact start and finish of this Dry period separating the Wet seasons is never predictable. February, though, is the hottest month, and the average afternoon temperature is 30°C/86°F (expect higher peaks).
March, April & May – The long rains generally start mid- to late-March. It seldom rains for the entire day, but afternoon showers can be expected. The wettest month is April. Expect temperatures in the afternoon to reach 28°C/82°F.
How to Get There
Amboseli is located 365km/226mi southeast of Nairobi. Self-drive from Nairobi to the reserve is a good option. You can also drive from other parks if you’re doing a road trip around the country. The distance from Tsavo East or Tsavo West is about 460km/285mi and the driving time is about eight hours. There are daily scheduled flights from Nairobi to Amboseli’s airstrip as well as flights from Tsavo West and the Masai Mara.
Nairobi is a popular entry point into. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), is located 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi. The country’s second international airport is Moi International Airport (MBA), and is 9km/6mi west of Mombasa.
Domestic Flights to Amboseli National Park
Charter flights are an option between parks – these are typically booked for you as part of your tour package. Domestic flights from Nairobi leave from Wilson Airport (WIL), 6km/4mi south of Nairobi. Scheduled flights can be booked with several domestic carriers: Amboseli National Park Kenya
Safety and Security
Crime issues are not a problem in any of the developed parks and reserves in Kenya. Amboseli is no exception, and in our opinion, is a very safe destination for visitors. However, if you are traveling independently around Kenya, you should exercise caution in cities and towns between parks.
Malaria & Vaccinations
Before a trip to Kenya, seek advice about required vaccinations from your doctor. Malaria is a concern, especially at the heights of the rainy seasons – from April to May and October to November. It is advisable to bring antimalarials and to take other preventative measures such as covering up in the evening and applying mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Spraying the room every evening before bedtime is a good idea if you aren’t sleeping under a mosquito net. Amboseli National Park Kenya
When watching wildlife, it is important to behave sensibly and listen to the instructions given by your guide at all times. Remember that the animals are wild, so their behavior is unpredictable and possibly dangerous. Incidents are very rare though, so there is no reason to be paranoid.