Amboseli National Park
Amboseli is the land of giants, the home to some of Africa’s oldest and bulkiest Elephants with enormous tusks. Towering above Amboseli is the jagged dome of Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
The park consists of marshes fed by the thawing ice of Kilimanjaro. This vast and ever-changing morass of marsh and open water is a necessary feeding and drinking point for large mammals during the dry season. The inspirational sight of the Kilimanjaro snowcapped peak towering above the Amboseli plains provides a superb backdrop of the parks prodigious wildlife.
One of the few places in Amboseli where you can leave the vehicle is at the observation hill. This isolated plug offers superb views of the surrounding plains, marshland, and the Elephants and Hippos as they wallow in the marshes during the day. The marshes also offer a great birding spot where you can view Flamingoes among other water birds depending on the seasons. Lake Amboseli is most often a dusty pan that fills up during the rainy season. When filled with water, wildlife and birdlife can often be found on this lake.
Why Visit Amboseli National Park
- Outstanding wildlife viewing, including Superb elephant sightings
- Big Five are easily found (rhino excluded)
- Superb elephant sightings
- Beautiful views of Kilimanjaro on clear days
- Admirable birding, especially waterbirds in swamp habitats
What to Do:
- Game drive safaris
- Bird watching
- Guided walking safaris
- An easy drive from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) through Meshanani Gate, the other road is from Nairobi via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
- Scheduled and Charter flights – (Nairobi, Tsavo West, Mombasa, Masai Mara)
Best Time to Visit:
- Year-round but dry seasons best time to visit (June to October and January to February)
Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Nestled in 190 acres of wooded Masai land, the lodge sits on the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Mature wooded gardens with a variety of trees and plants thrive in these surroundings. Different species of birds, monkeys and squirrels dart through the gardens.
The lodge has 83 rooms in total, some with interconnecting doors – ideal for families – and 24 rooms can be turned into triples on request. The rooms are constructed as individual huts, and they are all spacious, with en-suite bathrooms and verandahs. The private and spacious honeymoon suite has an ornamental fireplace and kitchenette. A spacious verandah surrounds the suite, ideal for viewing the mountain in its glory.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge was created for adventurers with an African dream. With Mount Kilimanjaro soaring majestically just beyond the golden, acacia-specked savannah, the safari lodge offers a graceful blend of stark beauty and lavish comfort in the heart of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.
Nestled in an acacia grove by a gentle mountain spring, the lodge comprising a Maasai-inspired design, a garden restaurant, and a palm-shaded swimming pool and sundeck provide uninterrupted Mount Kilimanjaro views and the surrounding landscape. In every detail, the ambience captures the essence of Maasai culture, warmth and indomitable spirit.
With amenities to rival the best safari lodges in Kenya, our 92 rooms and one suite feature complimentary wireless Internet, 24-hour room service and private balconies. In addition, we offer nine sets of interconnecting rooms for the comfort and convenience of families and groups.
Porini Amboseli Safari Camp
Porini Amboseli Safari Camp is small with just ten spacious guest tents – and retains all the charm and feel of the traditional mobile safari camps of days gone by. Award-winning Kenya safari camp is set in the Amboseli ecosystem within the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy– an important wildlife dispersal area for wildlife moving out of Amboseli National Park.
The tents are tastefully furnished and have solar-powered electric lighting with en suite bathrooms including shower, washbasin and flush toilet. The high-quality, spacious family tent is tastefully furnished and has solar-powered lighting, en-suite facilities (hot shower and flush toilet) and a private veranda. The unit is ideal for families or groups of friends travelling together and is at the same price per person as our other tents.
Ol Tukai Lodge
Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephants with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The lodge is strategically located at the heart of Amboseli National Park. As such, it is designed to take advantage of its scenic environment, Mt. Kilimanjaro and the abundant wildlife of Amboseli, making it a world-renowned spot to observe African Elephants.
There are 80 luxury chalet-style twin rooms, all with an uninterrupted view of the wetlands or Kilimanjaro. Stylish and comfortable, the rooms have private bathrooms and individual terraces. The beautifully appointed rooms provide comfort and a calming effect to the home. The African artefacts and the wildlife decor have been painstakingly handcrafted with great attention to detail.
Set plum in the heart of its 3,000-acre private conservancy and one of Kenya’s most affluent game areas, Tawi Lodge is an idyllic retreat whilst exploring the Amboseli ecosystem on the lower foothills of Kilimanjaro. The lodge is an eco-friendly operation and consists of 13 cottages ideally located on bush land facing Kilimanjaro.
Each cottage has its wooden-deck veranda and a fabulous view of the highest mountain in Africa. Double or twin cottages all have en suite bathrooms fitted with both a bath and shower, fireplace and a minibar for those very special sundowners.
Before and after dinner, you will relax by the campfire or at our extraordinary “mobile” bush bar and listen to the magical sounds of the savannah under the spectacular African sky, where the stars seem brighter than anywhere else.
Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli
Tortilis Camp has a prime location for witnessing the majesty of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Located in a private conservancy bordering the national park, game drives, walks, sundowners, and bush meals inside the national park and conservancy, guests enjoy exclusivity.
The tents are all spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs. The Private House and Family Tent are located slightly separate to the main Camp, upon the hill where they share a pool.