Amboseli National Park is one of the oldest safari parks in Kenya. The open savannah sustains an abundance of wildlife so is perfect for game viewing. It is home to the Big Five and is wonderful for birdlife, but it’s the elephant herds that steal the show. Whether wallowing in the mud, or photogenically poised against the backdrop of the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, you’ll love these gentle giants.
Imagine… setting off on an evening game drive. Mount Kilimanjaro stands moody and proud in the distance. As dusk begins to fall and the light starts to soften, you see a herd of elephant walking in line, their huge bodies and trunks silhouetted against the backdrop of the snow-capped mountain. It’s the photo opportunity of a lifetime. Imagine Amboseli.
Only an hour’s flying time from Nairobi, Amboseli is a Big Five safari destination, rich in birdlife and one of the best places in Kenya for elephant watching. In fact, elephant sightings are pretty much guaranteed and there’s every chance you’ll also get to see grazing wildebeest, zebra and antelope, all watched over by prowling predators, including lion, cheetah and spotted hyena.
Birders will be in their element, with around 400 species, so don’t forget your spotting scope and binoculars. The water birds are a highlight and you can expect sightings of the long-toed lapwing and rufous-bellied heron, among others.
The park is also celebrated for the spectacular backdrop of the snowy-peaked Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. This brooding dormant volcano is a photographer’s dream, so be prepared for a lengthy shoot.
Amboseli offers a range of high quality lodges and camps, but we recommend staying in a privately-owned conservancy for a more personal and exclusive experience. Only the game viewing vehicles belonging to the lodges on the conservancy can drive on the land, meaning you escape the crowds and enjoy unobstructed views of all the wildlife. Cameras at the ready!