June 27

Amboseli National Park: Where Giants Meet

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June 27, 2023

Is it worth going to Amboseli National Park? Well, duh! It's like asking if chocolate is worth eating or puppies are worth cuddling. Get ready for majestic views of Africa's highest mountain as well as encounters with an incredible diversity of wildlife that will leave you saying, "Seriously, did that just happen?". Here's a taste of what to look forward to...

Elephant dusting itself

A close encounter with free-ranging elephants is Amboseli’s claim to fame, Image Credit: Angama Amboseli

Which One is Better: Maasai Mara or Amboseli?

While both Maasai Mara National Reserve and Amboseli National Park hold their own unique charm, the choice ultimately depends on your preferences. Maasai Mara is renowned for its extensive wildlife population and the spectacular Great Wildebeest Migration, where millions of wildebeests and zebras traverse the plains. 

On the other hand, Amboseli offers a distinct landscape with a breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. The national park is also famous for its large herds of elephants and up-close sightings of other creatures, making it a favourite among nature enthusiasts and photographers. 

Elephant sighting during a game drive

Close encounters with elephants are a common occurrence, Image Credit Tortilis Camp

What Makes Amboseli National Park so Special?

Amboseli National Park in Kenya holds a special place in our hearts for a multitude of reasons. Brace yourself for an enchanting experience as we reveal the unique features that make Amboseli an absolute gem!

First things first, let's talk about the showstopper – Mount Kilimanjaro! Picture this: Africa's highest peak, rising majestically above the sprawling savannah like a giant snow-capped wizard's hat. It's a sight that will leave you gobsmacked and reaching for your camera at every turn.

Woman taking a photo of Mount Kilimanjaro

Picture-perfect moments with Africa's tallest peak, Image Credit: Angama Amboseli

But that's not all! Amboseli is home to some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. Moreover, observing these massive marvels in their natural habitat, with the ultimate photo bomb from Kilimanjaro in the background, is not only a sight to behold but is also a visual composition that can't be replicated anywhere else.

Along with the Maasai Mara, Amboseli National Park is the most frequented in Kenya, Image Credit: Angama Amboseli

Wildlife in Amboseli National Park

While elephants rightfully take the spotlight in the region, Amboseli National Park is a stage teeming with a captivating cast of creatures. Delight in the vibrant hues of diverse birdlife, witness the elegant strides of the Maasai giraffe and feel the pulse of the savannah as Thomson's gazelles gracefully roam.

Additionally, Burchell's zebra, lion, buffalo, cheetah, spotted hyenas, non-migrating wildebeest, and all other sorts of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians have chosen Amboseli's embrace.

Zebra in Amboseli National Park

The diversity of Amboseli's landscape is reflected in the diversity of the game, Image Credit: Angama Amboseli

Safari Activities in Amboseli National Park

With abundant wildlife and cultural treasures to uncover, we suggest you take full advantage of the myriad of experiences on offer. Set out on exhilarating game drives, informative wilderness walks with Maasai warriors, and engage in specialised birdwatching expeditions.

Wilderness walking safari with Maasai Warrior

Maasai warriors provide amazing insights into wildlife and the land, Image Credit: Tortilis Camp

However, what we love and what makes this region particularly special is the chance to immerse yourself in authentic Maasai culture. Visit a traditional village, and learn about their ancient customs, traditions, and way of life. Whether you're a seasoned safari enthusiast or a first-time adventurer, the Amboseli experience promises endless thrills.

Cultural experience

Learn about local tribes and their way of living, Image Credit: Porini Amboseli Camp

Places to Stay in Amboseli National Park

To fully appreciate the beauty of Amboseli National Park, there are a variety of exceptional lodges available. These lodges offer comfortable accommodations and an array of amenities to enhance your safari adventure. From luxurious camps to eco-friendly lodges, you'll find options to suit every preference.

Here are some of our favourites:

Waterhole and elephant with Tortilis Camp in the background

Amboseli National Park lodges offer an array of amenities to enhance your safari adventure, Image Credit: Tortilis Camp

Whether you prefer a more authentic, no-frills safari experience or a more luxurious retreat, the lodges in Amboseli National Park cater to diverse tastes and ensure that your stay is nothing short of extraordinary.

Interior of a elegant tented suite looking out onto the vast wilderness views

From sumptuous suites to luxury canvas tents, there's something for everyone, Image Credit: Tortilis Camp

Ignite Your Inner Explorer in Amboseli

When it comes to experiencing the visual wonders of East Africa's wilderness, Amboseli National Park in Kenya stands head, trunk, and tusks above the rest! So, pack your camera and reach out to our team of enthusiastic Travel Experts to start planning your adventure. Brace yourself for jaw-dropping views of Mount Kilimanjaro and some serious elephant shenanigans!

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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