Traveler’s Guide of Amboseli National Park - Park Fees, Weather, Things to Do, & More
Amboseli National Park is a vast plain of scrubby vegetation that allows fantastic game viewing opportunities. It is the second largest park in Kenya from the Masai Mara. The park is well-known for its impressive wildlife variety, including Africa’s largest population of free-roaming herds of elephants.
Amboseli is derived from the Masai word “Ambosel,” which translates to a dry, open plain. Ambosel is a fitting description of Amboseli’s open land, acacia woodlands, and rocky thorny bushes, which are hardly ankle-high. It is also home to more than 50 mammal species.
Amboseli National Park is the perfect place in Africa to get up close with large herds of free-roaming elephants and other wildlife. Watching the sun rise or set from the park is divine. Standing in Amboseli, you will view Mt Kilimanjaro – the world’s largest free-standing mountain – resting peacefully on its spot.
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Our Most Booked Safari to Amboseli and Other Packages
|Our Most Booked Kenya Safari Packages 2023Price Per Adult SharingThe Detailed Itinerary|
|1-Day Nairobi National Park & Giraffe Center Tour||From USD 119||See the Itinerary|
|1-Day Nairobi National Park & Nairobi Animal Orphanage Tour||From USD 34||See the Itinerary|
|3-Day Masai Mara Camp Packages||From USD 1015||See the Itinerary|
|3-Day Masai Mara Christmas Packages||From USD 1010||See the Itinerary|
|3-Day Masai Mara Easter Packages||From USD 985||See the Itinerary|
|3-Day Masai Mara Festive Packages||From USD 1315||See the Itinerary|
|3-Day Masai Mara Lodge Safari||From USD 995||See the Itinerary|
|3-Day Masai Mara Packages||From USD 955||See the Itinerary|
|3-Day Masai Mara Packages from Nairobi||From USD 995||See the Itinerary|
|3-Day Ol Pejeta Easter Safari||From USD 1175||See the Itinerary|
|4-Day Africa Migration Masai Mara Packages||From USD 1360||See the Itinerary|
|4-Day L. Naivasha & Masai Mara Easter Safari||From USD 1249||See the Itinerary|
|4-Day L. Naivasha & Masai Mara Safari||From USD 1174||See the Itinerary|
|4-Day L. Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari||From USD 1162||See the Itinerary|
|4-Day Masai Mara Camp Packages||From USD 1195||See the Itinerary|
|4-Day Masai Mara Easter Packages||From USD 1235||See the Itinerary|
|4-Day Masai Mara Migration Packages||From USD 1360||See the Itinerary|
|4-Day Mombasa & Diani Safari||From USD 937||See the Itinerary|
|4-Day Mombasa & Diani Valentine Safari||From USD 1405||See the Itinerary|
|5-Day Flying Safari to Masai Mara & Ol Pejeta Conservancy||From USD 3777||See the Itinerary|
|6-Day Kenya Wildlife Safari from India||From USD 1730||See the Itinerary|
|7-Day Kenya Christmas Safari||From USD 3093||See the Itinerary|
|7-Day Kenya Wildlife Safari||From USD 1884||See the Itinerary|
|8-Day Kenya Wildlife Safari||From USD 4413||See the Itinerary|
|8-Day Wildlife & Beach Safari||From USD 1585||See the Itinerary|
|12-Day Kenya Wildlife & Beach Safari||From USD 4216||See the Itinerary|
|18-Day Kenya Family Safari||From USD 5849||See the Itinerary|
The Ultimate Guide to Amboseli National Park - Things to Know
Amboseli National Park Location
Amboseli National Park from Nairobi
The park is located 240 km southeast of Nairobi. A road trip to the park in our comfortable 4×4 Kenya safari land cruisers takes about 3 hours. By air, it’s a short journey of about 30 minutes from Wilson Airport.
Amboseli National Park Weather
Amboseli falls slightly off the rain shadow of Mountain Kilimanjaro. Its climate is mainly hot and dry, with an average temperature of 33°C during the hot months (January-March; and June to October).
The wet months (April-May; and November-December) record a lower temperature of 27-28°C. Amboseli is popularly dusty, with a layer of volcanic ash that characterize the park during droughts and dry months.
In contrast, the wet months are periods of massive flooding, which, by magic, turns the once arid lands into swampy marshlands. During the dry season, the ice at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro starts to melt, forming a small underground stream that flows from Mt Kilimanjaro right to the middle of the park.
That makes the vegetation that surrounds it green and sumptuous. In turn, the lush vegetation attracts a diverse wildlife community around the lake.
Amboseli National Park Charges - Entrance Fee
You can check the latest Amboseli national park fees from the KWS website. The cost varies from season to season. Expect to pay the following during the peak season:
- Foreigner Adult: USD 70
- Foreigner Child: USD 20
- Resident Adult: USD 8
- Resident Child: USD 2.15
- Citizen Adult: USD 8
- Citizen Child: USD 2.15
Amboseli National Park Best Time to Visit
The road from Nairobi to Amboseli is all-tamarack and well-maintained. So, you can visit the park any time of the year.
With that said, Kenya has two rainy seasons; the short rainy season that starts in November-December and the long rainy season between April to May. The animals are usually scattered all over the park.
The conditions are excellent for game viewing during the dry months, especially from June to September. For bird lovers, align your visit to the park with the homecoming of the migrating birds, which happens annually between October and January.
The Top 6 Amboseli National Park Attractions & Things to Do
You can explore the national park on horseback safaris, guided nature walks, or game drives. Given its proximity to the Mara and Tanzania, most of our Kenya tours to Amboseli also include expeditions to the Maasai Mara and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
The animals you should expect to see during a typical safari to Amboseli include Lions, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Buffalos, spotted Hyenas, and numerous species of birds. Here are the things you can do at this national park.
1. Game Viewing at Amboseli National Park
We must agree that this is why most people visit Amboseli. It is among the best wildlife viewing parks in Kenya and the world. Apart from the famous big five, gazelles, warthog, the African fox, antelopes, crocodiles, peacocks, and ostriches are present.
And these are just the tip of the theoretical iceberg. Other animals are the eland, white-bearded wildebeest, coke’s hartebeest, and the common waterbuck. In dry areas, you will see fringe-eared Oryx and Gerenuk.
Most tourists visit the park to see Amboseli national park elephants. They are large in numbers and, most of the time, in groups. The Velvet monkey, bat-eared foxes, and black-backed jackals also roam the park grounds.
You will see the enormous beast and experience them like you won’t. If it is your lucky day, you may even get to see a new addition being brought to the family.
2. Bird Watching at Amboseli Park
If you are a bird lover, Amboseli is your paradise. The parks host 400 birds, including the lesser flamingo, Madagascar pond Heron, the shoebill, and the lesser Kestrel. The same goes for you if you are a bird photographer or artist.
The birds are spread across the park but are mainly concentrated in and around the lakes and swamps. Come with your binoculars and cameras and sketch the birds as you enjoy the view.
3. Camping Safari at Amboseli
Several camping sites in the park allow you to drink a cold drink around a bonfire under the diamond sky. They are different in size, location, and price, but each offers a magical experience.
They include Amboseli Porini Camp, Amboseli Tortilis Camp, Amboseli Kibo Safari Camp, and Amboseli Ol Kanjau camp.
4. Photography Safari in Amboseli
This goes without saying. Whether a professional wildlife photographer or an amateur like the rest, you cannot resist the urge to capture every centimeter of the park.
You can capture everything from the sunrise in the morning to the different species of birds, the vast planes, and a unique-looking bug. Don’t forget the beautiful ice-crowned Mt Kilimanjaro that seems always to be peaking to see what is happening in the park.
You will have so many photos you may need to carry an extra memory card just for Amboseli. Aj Kenya Safaris also got your back when looking for the best sites to take pictures.
5. Hot Air Balloon Safari at Amboseli National Park
Don’t miss a balloon ride during your park safari. You can view the park’s beauty from an aerial angle. Let go and feel the wind blow through your hair and clothes.
6. A Cultural Dance from the Maa Community
Our tour guides will happily take you to the Maasai community. This will be your chance to learn about the well-preserved and authentic culture of one of the most famous tribes in Africa; the Masai.
The Maa people are the custodians of Kenyan culture. They have been able to resist change and influence from the Western world. On a visit to their village, you will see how the Maasai live, eat, cook, sing, dance, and interact.