Amboseli National Park Overview

Formerly known as Massai Amboseli Game Reserve, the name “Amboseli” of Amboseli National Park comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust".

Amboseli National Park is often known as “Land of Giants” resides in Kajiado County of southern Kenya.

Highlights And Main Attractions Of Amboseli National Park,Amboseli National Park is famous for stupendous vistas of Mount Kilimanjaro and astonishing scenery with prolific game wildlife.

Renowned as “Home of African elephant”, this is one of the Kenya Safari Destinations that boast highest number of elephants with massive tusks. This park is a natural habitat of more than 56 species of mammal including Big Five and over 400 species of bird which makes it perfect for birding safari.

Centred around Observation Hill, Amboseli national Park hosts different habitats like dried Amboseli Lake, wetlands, sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.

Observation hill provides an incredible view of wildlife like, elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls on the swamps. The Contemporary Maasai culture and their lifestyle is the cultural specification of this park.

Amboseli National Park Quick Facts

Kenya Safari Facts that attract most of the tourists are:

  • There is an infinite water supply beneath Amboseli National Park which continuously provides water for the park through two natural springs.

  • At a distance of an hour’s flight, this park is located at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • There are more than 56 animals which African Big Five with zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, cheetah and wild dog.

  • This park is one of the popular Kenya Safari Destinations for the family groups of large tusked elephants.

Eco-System And Wildlife Of Amboseli National Park

While the ecosystem of Amboseli National Park is mainly savannah and grassland plains, other types of habitats can be found which are swamps, dry lake beds, marshland, and thick thorn bush and acacia forest.

The basin is constantly filled up by springs from the mountain’s ice caps in the middle of the park. The famous diversity of wildlife and birdlife of this park is quite wonderful for Kenya Safari Tours.

Famous for its giant tusked elephants, Amboseli National Park has four of the Big Five, white-bearded wildebeest, eland, buffalo, hartebeest, hippo, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, wild dog, waterbuck, jackal, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle and impala.

The 400 bird species include water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop, Egyptian goose, and 47 raptor species bird can be found.

Amboseli National Park Accommodation Options

In Amboseli National Park, there are several campsites and lodges as accommodations in Kenya Safari Tours.

The campsites are Kibo Safari Camp, Porini Amboseli Camp and Satao Elerai Amboseli Camp.The lodges are Otukai lodge, Amboseil Serena Lodge, Tortilis Tented Lodge, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Ol Kanjau, Ol Tukai Lodge, Sentrim Amboseli, Tawi Lodge, Kimana Lodge, Kilima safari camp , AA Lodge Amboseli, etc.


  • The outstanding wildlife view from Observation hills.

  • Four of the Big Five are easily found.

  • Impressive sights of giant elephant.

  • Most spectacular Views of Kilimanjaro.

  • Excellent birding with water birds in swamp habitat.

  • Accommodation for different budgets and styles


  • In high season, Amboseli National Park is very crowded.

  • It is difficult to spot big cats.

Want to Visit Amboseli NP?

Though this park provides quality game viewing all year round, the dry season June to September and January to February is the best time to visit.

There are many Things To Do In Kenya safari which are wildlife viewing, cultural visit, epic Game Drive, nature photography, and bird watching.

Most of the visitors fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which is 14 km from Nairobi. From Nairobi, It takes 1hr only by air and 4hrs 30mins by road to enter Amboseli....

To know more information and planning for Amboseli National Park, you can visit Kenya Travel Guide.

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