It is the second most popular park after Masai Mara, is 260Km (160 miles) from Nairobi, on the border of the neighboring country of Tanzania. Its magnificent situation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya’s animals, making it one of the most visited safari parks in Kenya.
Amboseli is renowned for its large herds of free – ranging African elephants. There are over 900 African elephants in Amboseli and it offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because its vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. These animals are huge herds of wildebeests, giraffes, African lions, monkeys, zebras, hyenas, antelope, Kenya birds, both large and small, to see if you keep your eyes open and spot every sighting.
The main purpose of a wildlife safari is to see Kenya’s wild animals in their natural state. Many people are surprised when they see birds perched within the reach of predators, or gazelles grazing near big cats. The truth is that predators generally only kill to eat, and for the rest of the time both predators and prey live harmoniously together.
View or even climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
Visit Observation Hill, which overlooks the park. Swamps, and of course, the herds of free – roaming elephants.
Meet the Masai people and learn about the Masai culture and their indigenous lifestyle.
Bird watching is best between October and January if you want to see Kenya’s migratory birds, including African skimmers, red and yellow bishops, goshawks, buffalo weaves and palm nut vultures, to name a few.
January and February are good months to visit Amboseli, as well as June through September. Avoid April and May, which are the rainy season. There may also be some rain from November to December, which may make the roads in Amboseli impassable.
Temperatures year around are 27 – 310C (81-880F) in the day and 22 – 240C (72 – 750F) at night. For Kenya birdwatchers, the best months to see the migratory birds are October to January. The best times for viewing are early and late in the day, as animals tend to sleep in the hot midday sun.