What to expect in Amboseli National Park Kenya

Amboseli National Park

This is nature’s Eden – Amboseli National Park is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Read our safari guide to Kenya and what to expect in Amboseli National Park including postcard-perfect vistas crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Amboseli National Park. Safari accommodation and camps in Kenya’s wildlife Eden. Book with the experts. Packages and special deals available. 

This is one of Kenya’s most popular parks and the name Amboseli comes from the Maasai word “Empusel” meaning salty, dust. Nature lovers can explore the fascinating dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, lush wetlands with sulfur springs, the extensive golden savannah, and cool verdant woodlands.  The Park is located in the south of the Rift Valley Province, close to the border with Tanzania where Kili forms an unbelievable backdrop for selfies and Instagrammable wildlife shots.

Visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture while staying in luxury tented camp accommodation looking toward snow capped Kili. Inclusive deals for families, honeymoon couples, and solo travelers in five-star Amboseli safari lodges! 

Amboseli National Park is a magnet for healthy herds of buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, and zebra while charismatic predators include lions, caracals, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, servals, and jackals. Traverse the park in a day or two, combining it with adventures in other parks and reserves nearby. Our Kenya tours and safaris are hard to beat and our deals are top in Africa!


  • The enormous elephant population in Amboseli gives the park its claim to fame as the best elephant safari destination – nearly 60 elephant families and some 300 independent bulls. 
  • Visit the park during the dry season to see the finale of the mind-blowing annual wildebeest migration that starts in the Masai Mara National Park. 
  • Be sure to experience panoramic views from Observation Hill (Noomotio Hill) right across the extensive floodplains.  
  • Join other intrepid tourists camping at Lake Amboseli, a temporary lake taking up the biggest part of the park and usually very dry except when the rains come. 
  • Originally the Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve in 1906, Amboseli is today peppered with inhabited and abandoned Maasai villages, or manyatta.

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Amboseli National Park offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife at the central point of a vast 8,000 square km ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. View 400 species of birds including pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop, and 47 raptor species. 

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