Amboseli is situated in the Loitoktok District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. This Kenya safari destination is 39 206 hectares in size which crosses the Kenya and Tanzania border.
Amboseli National Park showcases these Classic East African landscapes with Elephants and Giraffes silhouetted against the snowy peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro. With emerald swamps, springs, acacia scrub, high wildlife concentrations and grassy savanna, Amboseli is an oasis in Kenya’s south, with perfect views of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, especially at dawn and sunset. This relatively small park supports a wide range of mammals, well over 50 of the larger species, and birds with over 400 species.
Best time to visit Amboseli
Although Amboseli can be visited at any time of year it is recommended to go in the dry months, which are from June to October and January to February.
Views of Kilimanjaro are hit-and-miss, but chances are best early morning and late afternoon in the Wet season months from November to May, when the sky is clear of dust.
Weather and climate in Amboseli
Conditions in Amboseli are hot and dry. Rain typically falls as short, heavy showers. During the day expect average temperatures of around 28°C/82°F and 15°C/59°F at night. Early morning activities, such as game drives, require warm clothing. The ‘long rains’ usually fall from mid-March to mid-May while the ‘short rains’ are from late October to mid-December
Dry season June to September these are the coolest months and typically have bright, sunny days. It is very dry with practically no rain.
The Wet season is marked by the ‘short rains’ followed by the ‘long rains’. January and February is a drier interlude. Driving can be a challenge in April and May when rains cause road conditions to deteriorate.
How to get to Amboseli
Amboseli is located 365km/226mi southeast of Nairobi. You can also drive from other destinations if you have itinerary which combines other Kenyans National Parks. The distance from Tsavo East or Tsavo West is about 460km/285mi and the driving time is about eight hours.
There are daily scheduled flights from Nairobi to Amboseli’s airstrip as well as flights from Tsavo West and the Masai Mara.
Nairobi is a popular entry point into. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is located 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi. The country’s second international airport is Moi International Airport (MBA), and is 9km/6mi west of Mombasa.