Amboseli National Park - Accommodation, Travel Guide, & Cost

Touring Amboseli National Park from India

Tucked in the heart of the African Savannah on the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro is Amboseli National Park home to a variety of wildlife species including the African elephant, lions, cheetahs, zebras, buffalos, giraffes, and birds.

Established in 1974. the park is a popular tourist destination attracting both local and international visitors. Part of Amboseli Park’s lure is its larger herds of free-ranging elephants. Not forgetting the dramatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free-standing mountain.

Early morning is often the best time to catch a view of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro Kenya side views
A morning view of Mt Kilimanjaro

The Amboseli national park ecosystem is a tapestry of habitats including dry savanna grasslands, swamps, acacia woodlands, wetlands, and forests. 

Our Amboseli safari from Nairobi includes a hike up the observation Hill which allows you to see animals that congregate in the swamp below and the dried-up lake Amboseli.

Lakes at Amboseli National Park
A Hippo at Lake Amboseli

Amboseli is beautiful year-round although most people prefer the dry season as there is less vegetation making it easier to see animals across the open plains.

During the wet season, the park is awash with new life from vegetation to newborn animals. You’re likely to come across many mothers and their young. Better yet watch these animals trying to ward off hungry predators from gobbling up their newborns.

In this article, James Gatheru, our senior safari consultant, will share all the information you need to plan the best safari to Amboseli.

But before then, let us share our contact details and our most booked Amboseli National Park packages.

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Booking Your Amboseli Nairobi tour
You can access the Amboseli from Nairobi

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Lodges in Amboseli National Park

Accommodation in Amboseli ranges from luxury lodges and tented camps to basic self-catering campsites. 

Some of the best accommodation options in the park include Kibo Safari Camp, Zebra Plains Amboseli, and Sentrim Amboseli. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Elewana Tortlis Camp, and the Ol Tukai Lodge are also fantastic options.

Let’s get into the details of what you can expect from the camps and lodges at the Amboseli National Park Kenya:

Elewana Tortilis Camp

Luxury lodges in Amboseli National Park
Elewana Tortilis Camp in Amboseli

On a gentle slope overlooking lightly wooded plains is Tortilis Camp. A luxury camp that derives its name from the umbrella thorn trees that dot the plains and provide much-needed shade to it. From its prime location, guests have incredible views of the open plains and Mount Kilimanjaro.

A short distance from the camp is a waterhole making this one of the best places to watch wildlife species quench their thirst. If you’re lucky you just might catch a hungry predator making a move on an unsuspecting prey.

This eco-lodge offers 16 spacious en-suite tents alongside one family unit and a private house, swimming pool, bar and lounge, restaurant, bush dining, and massage services.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Best lodges in the Amboseli, Kenya
The scenic Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Smack in the middle of a lush acacia grove on a gentle rise is the uniquely designed Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. Its prime location in the heart of the park provides uninterrupted views of the savannah with the majestic Kilimanjaro in the background.

When you’re not on a game drive you can take a dip in the pool, or unwind on the verandah soaking in the park’s breathtaking beauty. You can also take part in the reforestation program by planting a tree.

There are 96 en-suite guest rooms including family rooms, a gift shop, a restaurant, a lounge and bar, a campfire bar, and conference rooms. Bush dining is available as are babysitting services, massage and beauty services, and wedding ceremonies.

Ol Tukai Lodge

Top Accommodation at Amboseli
The splendid Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli

Ol Tukai is a tourist’s paradise. Located centrally within the Amboseli is this contemporary lodge that boasts handsome buildings, manicured lawns, and expansive views of the golden plains and Mount Kilimanjaro in all its glory. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this place.

Whether you’re swimming or lounging by the pool, or dining by the open terrace, you’re likely to see herds of elephants strolling by or a cheetah on the hunt.

Besides going out for a drive you can indulge in relaxing massages, beauty treatments, play board games, or enjoy live performances while sipping on refreshing cocktails. If you’re a sports lover, you can catch all the latest sporting events too. The kids’ club, children’s playground, and water sports keep your children occupied all day long.

The lodge offers handsomely built chalet-style suites (including two EU-compliant rooms for physically challenged guests) and a 3-bedroom villa. All these rooms are stylishly furnished, and comfortable and have individual terraces. With luck, you could see a group of elephants wandering by.

Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Leading Accommodation at Amboseli Kenya
A camp fire at Amboseli sopa lodge

At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro where acacia trees, giant cacti, fragrant Frangipanis, and colorful bougainvillea thrive and wildlife roam free is the Sopa Lodge. Located 25 minutes away from the park, this rustic lodge abounding in the rich culture of the Masai people is a welcoming retreat for its visitors.

The 83 traditional Maasai-themed guest rooms include a honeymoon suite, a presidential suite, and six interconnecting rooms suitable for families. Guests can dine inside the restaurant or at the outdoor terrace or enjoy cocktails in one of the three bars.

Guests can browse through the gift shop or handcraft market, swim, play board games, or enjoy their scenic surroundings. The atmosphere is idyllic, dreamy, and romantic. Perfect for weddings or simply unwinding.

Kibo Safari Camp

Best Camps at Amboseli Park, Kenya
The enchanting Kibo Safari Camp in Amboseli

An easy five minutes to Amboseli is Kibo Safari Camp, a luxury accommodation that oozes comfort, style, and relaxation in a tranquil setting. Surrounded by acacia trees, rustic furniture and furnishings, slasto paving, and long white drapes, Kibo Safari Camp heightens your “in the wild” senses.

Kind of like preparing you for an adventure into the wild that is Amboseli. Morning and evening drives are a favorite but you also find yourself mesmerized by the amazing views of Mount Kilimanjaro as you stroll around the beautiful grounds.

The pool is inviting as is a stop by the bar for a drink, or a meal by the terraced restaurant. All 73 accommodation tents are privately set among the bushes and offer a great view of the surrounding landscape and mountain.

Zebra Plains Amboseli

Affordable Accommodation at Amboseli
Zebra Plains Camp

Are you looking for something intimate as you enjoy the adventures of being in Amboseli National Park? 

Located inside the park is Zebra Plains Amboseli Camp, a luxury tented camp that affords its visitors’ front-line seats of wildlife action in the Amboseli. Whether that is a pride of lions on the hunt, elephants cutting across the plains, or the Masai giraffes browsing as a majestic Kilimanjaro looks on.

Unlike other camps and lodges that host many guests, Zebra Plains Amboseli comprises only 12 en-suite tented rooms. This means less activity and more personalized attention from the camp’s staff. Each room is designed to capture views of the forested plains and the mountain. 

Each room is designed to capture views of the forested plains and the mountain. Guests can hang out at the lounge by day or at the campfire by night with a drink in hand. As they take in the starry night and sounds of the forest. There’s a health and fitness center complete with spa and massage services, a gift shop, and a business center for conducting business or holding wedding ceremonies.

Amboseli Sentrim Camp

Affordable Camps and Lodges at Amboseli
One of the tents at Amboseli Sentrim Camp

Roughly 3 km from the Kimana Gate that leads into the park is Amboseli Sentrim Camp, a tented camp, a mid-range accommodation camp with a great deal to offer. 

Besides impressive views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the camp’s location facilitates close encounters with buffalos, zebras, wildebeests, and the impalas. Guess who always following these grazers? Predators!

Spread out around the camp are 60 ensuite deluxe tents as well as 2 family houses each one sporting a colorful traditional Maasai print and African artwork. There is a restaurant, lounge, bar, massage parlor, swimming pool, and gift shop.

The staff lights up a campfire in the evening to warm you and get you in the mood for an easy night after the day’s activities.

Amboseli National Park Travel Guide

Spotting Elephants on safari in the Amboseli
The African Elephants roaming the Amboseli

A trip to a national park or game reserve can be exhilarating. Amboseli covers an area of 329sq km and is smaller than Tsavo National Park, Mara Game Reserve, and many others. Despite its smaller size, Amboseli is one of the few attractions in Africa where you’re bound to see all kinds of wildlife in one day.

Whether you are on a safari across the plains, perched on a hill for a view of the lake, or taking a guided tour, you’ll come across a variety of flora and fauna.

So, what do you pack for a trip to the park?

What to Pack for a trip to the Amboseli
A wilderness safari checklist

Here’s a quick checklist:

  • Clothing. Neutral-colored lightweight clothing is useful if you’re traveling during the dry season. Go for long-sleeved shirts and pants plus a warm jacket as early mornings and evenings drives in Amboseli national park tend to be cold. You may want to add a raincoat if you visit during the rainy season.
  • Go for sturdy, supportive closed-toe shoes with good traction to protect your feet on you go on a walking safari. Pack lightweight sandals that you can hang out in while relaxing at the hotel.
  • A wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses will be great for shielding yourself from damaging sun rays, intense glare, and dust while taking a tour of the park.
  • A pair of binoculars can help enhance your viewing experience of a predator on the hunt or birds. Similarly, a while a high-quality camera will capture thrilling moments alongside breathtaking landscapes.
  • Mosquitoes can be a nightmare as can other biting insects. Invest in a quality insect repellent and apply it generously to keep insects away.

Next, we’ll explore common questions we receive about planning a safari to Amboseli National Park.

Why is Amboseli National Park famous?

Amboseli National Park is famous for its large herds of elephants. It also boasts a variety of other wildlife, from lions to cheetahs, buffaloes, giraffes, and many others. The Amboseli National Park location means it has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Activities in Amboseli National Park

Game viewing at the Amboseli
Dining near a water hole in the AmbsoliA close encounter in the Mara

Amboseli National Park offers plenty of exciting activities for visitors to enjoy. Safari trips are popular here – you’ll have the opportunity to observe animals such as elephants, lions, cheetahs, and more in their natural habitat.

There are accommodation options within and outside the park with most providing guided nature walks, bird-watching tours, cultural visits, swimming pools, and spa treatments.

The park is also home to Lake Amboseli – a large shallow lake that attracts hundreds of birds, making it one of the most suitable places for bird watching. Visitors can take the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – an exciting experience that will provide you with breathtaking views of the area.

Besides going for game drives in Amboseli national park, visitors can take to the skies in a hot air balloon safari for enhanced views of the park, and bush dining.

Is Amboseli worth visiting?

Best safari adventures at the Amboseli
The secretary bird at the Amboseli

Amboseli is worth visiting. It is one of the best places to experience wildlife in Kenya and offers visitors an unforgettable safari adventure. There are plenty of activities for all ages, from guided game drives to bird-watching tours and cultural visits. Plus, the stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro make this a must-see safari destination in Kenya.

How much is the entrance fee to Amboseli National Park?

The entrance fee to Amboseli National Park is KES 1,500 per adult and KES 500 per child under 12 years old. Part of the park fees go towards preserving the park’s wildlife while the rest supports conservation efforts.

What is the Best Time to Visit Amboseli National Park?

Viewing cheetahs in their habitat
Dry seasons are better for viewing wildlife

The best time to visit Amboseli National Park is during the dry season when the park has less vegetation and animals are easier to spot. The months of June, July, and August are typically the best times to see wildlife in Amboseli.

However, if you’re looking for fewer crowds and better accommodation deals, consider visiting outside of this peak period. It’s important to note that the park can get crowded during the dry season, so it’s best to book your accommodation in advance.

How many days do you need in Amboseli?

Most visitors spend at least two days in Amboseli National Park. With an area of 392 km2, spending two days here ensures you can explore the park thoroughly and experience a variety of activities, such as nature walks and cultural visits. You’re welcome to stay longer to unwind and make the most of your trip in Africa.

Amboseli National Park is definitely worth visiting if you’re looking for an exciting safari adventure in Kenya.

Where is Amboseli National Park situated?

Amboseli National Park is located in the Rift Valley province of Kenya, near the Tanzania border. It is approximately 175 kilometers (109 miles) southeast of Nairobi and can be reached via a 4-hour drive.

What time of year is best to visit Amboseli?

The best time to visit Amboseli National Park is between June and October. This period sees less rainfall and cooler temperatures, making it ideal for wildlife viewing. During this time, animals such as elephants, lions, cheetahs, and more are particularly active – making for an unforgettable safari experience!

Overall, Amboseli National Park offers visitors a chance to explore one of Kenya’s most beautiful natural landscapes while

How long is it from Nairobi to Amboseli?

It takes approximately 4 hours to reach Amboseli National Park from Nairobi as the journey covers a distance of 175 kilometers (109 miles). It is recommended that visitors book their transport in advance as public transport options are limited around the park.

What kind of wildlife can I see at Amboseli?

At Amboseli National Park, you’ll have a great opportunity to observe some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. There are elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffaloes, wildebeest, and giraffes during your safari trip. The park also boasts over 400 species of birds – making it a paradise for birdwatchers!

How do you get to Amboseli National Park?

The easiest way to reach Amboseli National Park is by road. The journey from Nairobi takes around 4 hours, covering a distance of 175 kilometers (109 miles). The park has an airstrip meaning you can book your place in the Nairobi to Amboseli flight that lasts for roughly one and a half hours.

From the airstrip, you’ll head for the lodge or camp of your choice, and get refreshed before embarking on some of the day’s activities.

With limited public transport options available, it is recommended that visitors book their transport in advance.

Is Amboseli near Mount Kilimanjaro?

Amboseli National Park location for game viewing
Herds of elephants traversing the Amboseli

Amboseli National Park is located near Mount Kilimanjaro. The park lies at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain and offers stunning views of the peak from certain areas. Some of the accommodations are designed to offer maximum views of this mountain.

Visitors can also take the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – an exciting experience that will provide you with breathtaking views of the area.

Are there any restrictions in Amboseli?

Yes, there are several restrictions for the visitors to observe while taking a tour of Amboseli. Visitors are not allowed to have an overnight camp, feed the animals, interfere in the day-to-day life of a wild animal, or drive off-road. Speed limits must also be adhered to.

It is important to respect these rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone!

Let's Go to the Amboseli

Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations. It offers incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. A trip to the Amboseli guarantees plenty of activities to choose from, including safari trips, nature walks