Our beginner’s guide to a safari in Amboseli

Amboseli National Park, one of Kenya’s best safari parks, is a place of superlatives, and a place of contrasts. This park is approximately a four-hour drive from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. You can also fly to Amboseli from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, which takes about 30 minutes.

Our beginner’s guide will show you the best safari experiences, top attractions and must-see wildlife, making your Amboseli trip a memorable and enriching journey. Book now for a unique African wilderness experience!

When to go

The best time to visit Amboseli is during the dry season, which runs from July to October and January to March. This is when the wildlife is more concentrated around water sources, and the vegetation is less dense, making it easier to spot animals.

What to expect on a game drive

A typical game drive in Amboseli lasts about three hours and is usually done early in the morning or late in the afternoon. During your drive, you’ll have the opportunity to see a wide range of animals, including elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, and more.

Game drives are conducted all day long but the best time to see wild animals is early in the morning which starts at 6:30am till 11:30am and evening begins at 2pm till 6:30pm. During day time you can be able to see the high concentration of animals on water banks quenching their thirst.

A view of the pool side at Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli
©Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli

What to pack

When packing for your safari in Amboseli, it’s essential to bring comfortable and breathable clothing, as well as sturdy shoes. You’ll also want to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera with extra batteries and memory cards.

Cultural experiences

In addition to wildlife viewing, Amboseli National Park also offers cultural experiences. The local communities living around the Amboseli national park are a unique ethnic group in East Africa. The Maasai community is known for its traditional culture that has not been affected by modernization of the African continent. They lead a tribal way of life, which is worth exploring especially their traditional dances and clothing.

Kilima Safari Camp Amboseli
©Kilima Safari Camp Amboseli

Where to stay

There are several accommodation options in and around Amboseli National Park, ranging from luxury lodges to budget camping. 

We have compiled a list for you of some of the best accommodation facilities below

A safari in Amboseli is an unforgettable experience that is well worth the effort. By following this beginner’s guide, you’ll be well-prepared to explore this incredible national park and all it has to offer.


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