National Park

Amboseli National Park

Iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro amidst vast elephant herds.

Kenya
Location
392 km²
Geographic Size
Dry season
Best Time to Visit

About Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park, nestled at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, is famous for its breathtaking scenery and large populations of African elephants. This park offers a unique safari experience with its diverse ecosystems, ranging from dry lake beds to wetlands, savannahs, and woodlands. Visitors can enjoy close encounters...

When to go

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
Ideal weather conditions for wildlife viewing and photography against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
March - May
Low Season
Heavy rainfall can make some roads difficult to navigate, but the landscape is beautifully green.
June - October
December - February
High Season
Dry conditions provide the best wildlife viewing opportunities, with clear skies and minimal rain.
November - March
Shoulder Season
Transitional periods with occasional showers, fewer tourists, and good wildlife sightings.

What to do

Wildlife

Amboseli's ecosystem is rich with diverse wildlife, offering some of the best elephant viewing in the world, against the stunning backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Lion

Common

Elephant

Common

Black Rhino

Rare

Cheetah

Occasional

Hippo

Occasional

Hyena

Common

Leopard

Occasional

Giraffe

Common

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Common

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Amboseli is generally safe for visitors, but it's important to follow guidelines and respect wildlife distances. Vaccinations for Yellow Fever and malaria prophylaxis are recommended, especially if visiting from or travelling to other parts of Kenya or East Africa where these diseases are prevalent.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Amboseli is accessible by road from Nairobi, a journey of approximately 4 hours, or by air with daily scheduled flights to the Amboseli airstrip from Nairobi.
Getting Around
Within the park, travel is typically conducted in safari vehicles. Many visitors choose guided tours for their expertise and convenience, though self-drive is also an option with a suitable vehicle.
Visas
Following Kenya's visa policy update, most foreign visitors must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) prior to travel, with certain countries exempted. The eTA process is straightforward, requiring an application at least 3 days in advance of travel, with a fee of 34.09 USD.
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