With a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro over the border in Tanzania, Amboseli National Park is the ideal destination for the best safari to Kenya. Lying only 230 kilometres south of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, it is a must-see destination on your East African travel journey.
Wildlife to spot on safari in Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is a dream safari destination in Kenya. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Land of Giants’, Amboseli is known for its population of big tusker elephants. This, coupled with the view of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania, makes it the second most popular park in Kenya, after the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Amboseli is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique ecosystem that includes natural dry mountain forests, mountains, savannah rangelands, wetlands and swamps. The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro as well as open plains and acacia woodland. The park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife that can be spotted on a safari to Kenya.
Expect to be astonished by a great number of different species on your Kenya holiday to Amboseli. Elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, lions, zebras, buffalo, cheetahs, hyenas, and the occasional bat-eared fox gift you with their presence in the park. Bird watchers on a Kenya safari will be delighted with the more than 400 species that have been recorded in Amboseli. These include pelicans, flamingos, ostriches and more than 47 different raptors.
Activities and experiences in Amboseli National Park
You can be assured of an exceptional Kenya safari experience in Amboseli National Park with a variety of activities and excursions on offer. A game drive is one of the best ways to explore the wilderness in Amboseli and spot the wide range of species, including a big elephant population, which calls the park home. The best time for a game drive in Amboseli and observing animals as they congregate around the available water sources are early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon.
Amboseli is a prime birding destination and will undoubtedly be a highlight of your vacation to Kenya. Species to be spotted include the grey crowned crane, the African jacana, lesser kestrel, kori bustard, flamingos and a variety of birds of prey. Give your safari to Kenya a cultural flair with a visit to local Maasai communities living in areas around Amboseli. Their thrilling traditional dance displays is a sight to behold.