Eight Things you always wanted to know about an Amboseli National Park Safari

Where is the Amboseli National Park?

Amboseli National Park, once known as Amboseli Game Reserve, is in Kenya’s Kajiado County, around 240 km southeast of the capital Nairobi. The park ecosystem, named a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1991, spreads across to neighboring Tanzania.

The name Amboseli comes from a Maasai word that means salty dust. The local people are mainly Maasai and the park is surrounded by several Maasai communities, so visitors often combine a safari with seeing how local tribes live.

This large park is around 392 km² and is famous for majestic herds of free-ranging elephants and its closeness to Africa’s highest peak; you can enjoy some of the best views of the infamous, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park.

An interesting fact about the Amboseli National Park…

One of the most famously studied elephants in the world was Echo, who lived in Amboseli. She was studied by ethologist Cynthia Moss for nearly four decades and was the subject of multiple books and films, but it was David Attenborough who brought her to the world’s attention in the early 1990s.

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Echo died at the age of 65 in 2009, but her memory lives on at Amboseli, and her family members are still being researched to this day.

How do I get to the Amboseli National Park Safari?

Nairobi International Airport (NBO) is about a four-hour drive to Amboseli. While you can use miles to get to NBO, you can’t use miles to fly directly into the park, so you’ll need transfers to get to your safari, too. There are some daily scheduled flights between NBO and Amboseli but you may find it cheaper to drive.

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Where can I stay in the Amboseli National Park?

There are some accommodation options in the park itself, as well as nearby, including safari lodges, guest houses, huts and camps. Oltukai LodgeTortilis Tented Lodge and Amboseli Serena Lodge are some of the more luxurious options.

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A cheaper way would be to camp or stay in one of the self-catering ‘bandas’ as advertised by the Kenya Wildlife Service. They often offer basic necessities such as bedding, towels, cooking equipment, bathrooms and showers, as well as a communal dining area.

How much does the Amboseli National Park cost?

It costs US$60 for a non-resident adult and US$35 for a non-resident child to enter the park for 24 consecutive hours. There are many more fees listed here, classed as ‘conservation fees’ to help keep the park going. Vehicle charges start at 300 KSHS (US$2.90), which is the same cost as an aircraft landing fee! What’s great about this list of fees is you can see how much it costs for a 4-hour guided tour of Amboseli (1,720 KSHS – US$16.65), which would likely be much cheaper than hiring a driver.

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When should I visit the Amboseli National Park Safari?

There are two rainy seasons in Amboseli – the long rains are between March and April and the short rains are November to December. While you can visit at any time of year, it is recommended that you go in one of the drier months for better wildlife viewing.

What are the rules of the Amboseli National Park Safari?

As with many reserves, you should follow basic regulations and etiquette to both stay safe and protect the animals while visiting. These include:

  • Never getting out of your vehicle, except at designated spots
  • No harassing the animals in any way
  • Always keeping to the tracks
  • No off-road driving
  • Always giving the animals the right of way

What animals can I see on an Amboseli National Park Safari?

The reserve is home to a large variety of wild animals, so you could see a…

Leopard

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Buffalo

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Elephant

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Giraffe

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Cheetah

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Hyrax

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You could also see a wild dog, mongoose, crocodile, zebra, nocturnal porcupine, hundreds of species of birds and so much more.

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