Amboseli National Park is elephant haven, and the only place in Kenya where you can wake up to the majestic view of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.
This National Park is situated about 240 km from the capital city Nairobi, and it is accessible using a number of routes. You can drive to Amboseli National Park through Namanga, Emali or Loitoktok. If you are heading to this park from Mombasa, you will pass through Tsavo West National Park and access Amboseli through Kimana Gate. From Nairobi, you can use Meshanani Gate from Namanga or Eremito Gate from Emali.
Alternatively, fly from Nairobi to Amboseli Airstrip or to an airstrip in Namanga that serves the park. It will take about 30 minutes. Airlines that fly to Amboseli include Safarilink and AirKenya.
Accommodation in Amboseli National Park
Most lavish camps are in the southern section of the park, offering uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Sadly, luxury camps in Amboseli are more than the number of budget accommodation options. The few budget camps in Amboseli are either outside the park or they are basic accommodation facilities with just what you need for a goodnight’s sleep. The cost of budget accommodation outside the park can range from Ksh. 3, 000 for bed and breakfast or self-catering to about Ksh. 12, 000 for bed and breakfast.
On the other hand, a night in a luxury camp within the camp can cost from Ksh.14, 000 on full board basis excluding park entry fees. You can also stay in Loitoktok and access the park through Kimana Gate.
There are several conservancies too around the park, to enhance conservation of the Amboseli ecosystem. When you stay in conservancies around the park, you can enjoy game drives in the conservancy as well as in the park.
In addition to the flora and fauna of the Amboseli ecosystem, you will also learn about the culture of the Maasai community through cultural tours to villages around the national park. Some camps and lodges also organise community development projects that you can donate to such as community-run schools and health centres.
Things to Do in Amboseli National Park
Observation Hill is the southern section of the park. This is one of the best game viewing spots, and a favourite spot for sundowners in the park. But, whether you stay within or near the park, there is so much to make you want to spend the whole day in the plains of Amboseli.
This park has a variety of swamps and acacia woodlands among other types of vegetation cover. Swamps in Amboseli include Longinye Swamp, Erimito Swamp, Ol Tukai Swamp, Ol Okenya Swamp and Enkongu Narok Swamp. The underground water feeds Lake Kioko, Lake Sinek, Lake Avocet, Lake Nikiita, Lake Conch. Lake Amboseli is a seasonal lake located in the western section of the park. In addition to elephants, you will also spot zebras, gazelles, elands and hundreds of bird species.