Amboseli comes from the maasai word empusel, meaning a salty and dusty place.
The park is a peculiar place. When you first arrive on an Amboseli safari you can’t but notice the immense dry open dusty plains. It covers an area of approximately 150 square miles, including wide-open areas of savannah grassland and tangled acacia forests. The park is vast but as if out of no where you come across these beautiful swamps where water from Kilimanjaro forms these beautiful lakes attracting a variety of animals from birds to buffalo and even huge tuskers.
Then there is the break taking views of mount Kilimanjaro this is probably the best place to go for views of iconic mount Kilimanjaro.
One of the best places to see amboseli’s elephants while on an Amboseli safari is in the green swamps which dot the amboseli landscape. Herds of elephants love to congregate in these water marshes.
Poachers hill as it was once known because poachers hunting elephants and rhino used it as a vantage point. It is the highest point in the park at 4000ft above sea level. From here you have a 360 degree view of the whole park.
Things To Do – Amboseli Safari
One of the main things to do in Amboseli is wildlife viewing, and the African elephant is the main attraction for those visiting Amboseli. Elephants can be seen in huge herds sometimes numbering over 100 individuals. Maasai village cultural tours are also an attraction for tourists as well as bird watching safaris on vehicle or on foot.
The park has more than just elephants. wildebeest, giraffe, wathogs, buffalo and zebra are also present here. There is also a lot of birdlife at amboseli. The ostrich, red crest cranes, pelicans and even African fish eagles can all be spotted here.
The African Fish Eagle can grow to 75cm in length and is a magnificent bird that captures fish and sometimes even waterbirds to feed off.
Flamingos too can be seen here and are increasingly present, especially during the dry season; they can be easily spotted in the shallow water and alkaline lakes while feeding.
Amboseli Holiday Packages
Here are some of our Amboseli holiday packages:-
3 Day Amboseli Safari – This 3 Day amboseli safari is a great way to experience amboseli and can start in Nairobi, Mombasa or even lamu.
8 Day Best Of Kenya Classic Safari – This Kenya Safari takes you to Amboseli for 2 Nights and includes safaris to Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara and Naivasha.
8 Day Kenya Tanzania Safari – This 8 Day Kenya and Tanzania Safari takes you to Amboseli park and also includes Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Nakuru National Park.
Kenya Wildlife And Beach Safari – A 11 Day Kenya Safari that includes a Beach holiday in Mombasa and visits to Amboseli, Tsavo, Nakuru and Masai Mara Game Reserve.
When To Go – Best Time To Visit Amboseli
The Best time for game viewing is during the dry season from June to October as the grass is shorter which makes animals easier to spot and they don’t stray far from water sources.However it is important to note that rates are higher and the park can get rather busy during this time of the year.
Kenya Safari Amboseli – Where To Stay
Some of the best places to stay on an amboseli safari are: