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Amboseli is most famous for its elephant population; over 1000 live in the park’s fragile eco-system, and records show them to be amongst some of the biggest elephants in Africa.

The huge bulk of Mount Kilimanjaro, soaring 5,985 metres above the game-filled plains, provides a stunning backdrop, particularly at dawn.

Amboseli is also renowned for its range of big game, including lion and cheetah, and as an added bonus the park’s even terrain means that wildlife is particularly easy to see and to photograph. The park is home to more than 50 mammal species including herds of zebra, wildebeest and their predators. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here amongst them waterfowl, around the park’s marshy areas, pelican, flamingo, ostrich and over 47 species of raptor.

Covering an area of 392 square kilometres the park lies northwest of Kilimanjaro, close to the Tanzanian border and mostly at an altitude of above 1,180 metres.

Amboseli is surrounded by a much larger reserve, in which the Masai live and raise their cattle, offering visitors the opportunity to meet the Masai people and see their timeless way of life.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, gerenuk, leopard, lesser kudu, lion
  • Where: Rift Valley Province, Kenya

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Kenya Adventure Camping

An outstanding value safari, staying in private camps in Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara. All the big cats can be found here, together with large numbers of elephants and giraffes. If you value wildlife and adventure above the need for luxury accommodation, then this is the trip for you!

  • When to go: Dec-Mar, Jul-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wings over Kenya

The itinerary travels from Amboseli National Park in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, to the highlands of Laikipia Plateau, and on to the savannahs of the Masai Mara. Flying between locations and staying in top quality camps is one of the most exciting ways to experience Kenya’s excellent wildlife areas.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Porini Amboseli Camp

This small safari camp, with just nine spacious en suite tents, has all the charm and character of a traditional luxury camp of days gone by. Located in the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy, Porini is off the beaten track yet close to Amboseli National Park and its prolific wildlife and birdlife.

Tortilis Camp

Tortilis is an elegant luxury tented camp named after the local tree, and located just outside Amboseli National Park, in an area of unspoiled woodland. Activities at the camp include game drives, Masai guided walks or simply lazing by the camp swimming pool and watching the fantastic bird-life.