The Amboseli National Reserve is one of Kenya's premier destinations due largely to its location at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, close to the Tanzanian border. Large herds of elephants roam the grasslands and swamps against this striking backdrop, forming one of Africa's most iconic images. Meaning a 'place of water' in Masai, Amboseli has an endless water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's snow melt, which form into two water springs in the reserve. However, if the rainy season is particularly dry, Amboseli changes into a dusty plain. Amboseli's dust is ancient volcanic ash with salt crystals that shimmer on the surface of the parched lake bed during the dry season creating strange mirages.Read More
Amboseli may be one of the smaller reserves but it has a wide range of wildlife, even the endangered black rhino. The park is known for its elephant population and old bull elephants here can have some of the largest tusks in Africa. Also in the reserve are buffalo, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, impalas and warthogs. The carnivores include lions, caracals, jackals, hyenas and serval cats. Cheetahs and leopards are not readily seen. Bird species include pelicans, flamingos, kingfishers, African fish eagles, ibises, secretary birds, crowned cranes, grey and Goliath herons among others. The long, hot and humid rainy period starts around April and lasts until June, then the short rains come during November and December. The dry season runs from January to March (hot and dry), while July to October are warm and dry.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Amboseli
If you are planning a Amboseli holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Amboseli Serena Lodge Amboseli
Enjoying a privileged position in the heart of the Amboseli National Park with Mt. Kilimanjaro as its backdrop, the Amboseli Serena Lodge is a luxury accommodation option that reflects the Masai tradition with brilliant primary colours and iconic representational shapes. The rooms are housed in a single storey building with direct access to the grounds and decorated with hand-painted wall frescoes. The property features a free-form swimming pool, a central dining area and a lounge/bar with a broad terrace and open fire pit. Set within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the savannah with uninterrupted views of Kilimanjaro in the heart of Amboseli.
Amboseli Sopa Lodge Amboseli
Located at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, has the rustic charm you would expect from an African lodge. Guest rooms are spacious and beautifully designed with earthen tones in a classic African theme. The lodge also boasts a refreshing outdoor pool and cosy living spaces. The onsite Hemingway's Bar is a must to pay a visit to. Offering 360 degree views of the park - it is the perfect place for an evening sundowner and to reminisce over the days activities. The lodge is well located near Amboseli National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Kilima Safari Camp Amboseli
Set on a 420 acre site with spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Kilima Safari Camp provides excellent game viewing opportunities from the guest tents that face out onto watering pools. There's a choice of classic safari tents with a large private balcony, superior safari tents with four poster beds and a lion claw bathtub, or lodge rooms. In the spacious main building guests will find a choice of two restaurants with a warming fire place and a bar lounge with superb views over the Mara plains. Kilima safari camp is located in Amboseli National Park, next to the Kimana Gate Park entrance.
Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli
Built looking out at Mount Kilimanjaro, Ol Tukai Lodge offers chalet style accommodation in a beautiful setting. Guest rooms are built from gum trees, slate and stone from the local river. Interior design is tasteful and classically African with dark wooden masks and safari paintings. From the lodge you can fully explore Amboseli on morning and afternoon game drives or you can just relax by the swimming pool. In the evenings, guests can star gaze and see some of the southern hemisphere's brightest stars. Ol Tukai is ideally located in the heart of Amboseli National Park, close to the border with Tanzania.
Amboseli Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Amboseli.