Narok County is the home to Amboseli National Park. It is a protected area under the custody of Kenya Wildlife Services.
It is the second most popular Kenya national park after Masai Mara National Reserve.
Amboseli National Park consists of five natural habitats namely; acacia woodlands, open plains, swamps, marshlands, and rocky thorn bush.
Amboseli National Park Facts/Attractions
Why is this park so popular? Here is why.
- Amboseli National Park Elephants-it has large herds of elephants and the best time to view them is in the late in the evening or early in the morning when they tend to graze.
- It has 5 major natural habitats as mentioned above
- It is one of the most popular parks in Kenya
- Amboseli National Park has a wide variety of birds.
- Mount Kilimanjaro-The park offers spectacular views of the mountain
- Observation Hill that is pyramid-like that offers stunning views to the entire park and the large herds of elephants
- The great swamp that hosts elephants, Hippo, buffalos, and a variety of waterfowls such as Egyptian goose and the pelican.
- The big five-Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, and Leopard
- The M
aasaiPeople who live around the park
- Lake Amboseli
- Wetlands with sulphur springs
Amboseli National Park Animals/Wildlife
Animal found in this park includes; the lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Wild dogs, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Rhino, Zebra, Impala, Gazelle, Hyrax, Dik-dik, Lesser Kudus, Mongoose, Nocturnal porcupine, Crocodile, Hippo among others.
It has also a wide variety of birds-over 600 species of bird.
Weather & Climate
The annual average temperature is 25C with the highest temperatures ranging at 30C and the lowest ranging at 20C.
There are two rainy seasons-the short and long rains. The short rains are at peak between November and December while the long rains are at peak between March and April.
Best Time to Visit
The climate here is friendly and you can visit Amboseli National Park almost all year round and maybe avoid the months rainy seasons are at peak.
No guests on foot are allowed to enter the park
Things to do in Amboseli National Park
You keep yourself entertained here by engaging in various activities which include;
- Game viewing
- Bird watching
- Nature walks- enjoy the park scenery
Here are items you must carry on this trip and what to wear.
- Camping equipment if not being hosted by KWS
- Picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
- Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scorching sun.
Amboseli National Park Entrance Fees
The Amboseli National Park Fees are similar to those of Nakuru National Park–Premium Parks.
Citizens (KES): Adult 860, Child 215
Residents (KES): Adult 1,030, Child 515
Non-residents (USD): Adult 60, Child 35
Means of payment include the
How to get there
By Road– from Nairobi, you will cover 240 km via Namanga to Meshanani Gate.
Alternatively, you can hit 228 km of Road from Nairobi via Emali on Nairobi-Mombasa Road.
Access from Mombasa is through Tsavo West via Kimana Gate.
By Air– Amboseli has an Airstrip at Empusel Gate. There also exist airstrip at the park HQ, Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge, and Namanga Town.
You can contact KWS through
Telephone (Landline): 254(20) 8029705
Mobile: 0716 493 335
Most hotels and lodges here reflect the culture and the traditions of the Maasai Community. They offer spectacular views of Mt Kilimanjaro while you enjoy local and international cuisine. Here are the hotels in Amboseli
You can camp at any of the above-provided camps or do a camping reservation with KWS in Amboseli Campsite-a KWS property.
Happy wildlife safari!