Amboseli National Park is the second most popular park in Kenya after Maasai Mara. It is located in Kajiado county 260km ( 160 miles) away from Nairobi and lies at the border of the neighboring country Tanzania. It lies at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro offering great view of Africa’s largest mountain.
Amboseli is a Maasai word that means “salty dust”. The Amboseli paths are made up of a loose surface of volcanic soil that is usually dusty in the dry season and impassable in the wet season. The park lies in the shadow of Mount Kenya hence is usually dry and hot for most parts of the year, receiving rainfall in the months of April-May and October-November.
A stay at the National Park gives you the up-close view of free-range elephants, great view of Mt Kilimanjaro and a visit to a dried up Pleistocene Lake Amboseli. Other wildlife species in the park include; buffaloes, impalas, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest and many more. There is also a number of birds species that can be seen patched up on the animals back while they are grazing.
Big question when visiting this park comes when choosing a place to stay while on your safari. Below are some hotels in Amboseli that are bound to give you a safari feel with great views of the dry Savannah plains.
Ol Tukai Lodge
The rooms are elegantly furnished with great views of the mountain and the Savannah grassland. With luck, one can spot elephants grazing at a distance on the terrace.
Vehicles rentals are provided for game drives at an added fee at the lodge. Other activities while at the lodge include bird watching and visit to the Masai village.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Amboseli Serena is located beside a copse of acacia trees and a gently flowing natural stream, facing Mount Kilimanjaro. The lodge is furnished in Maasai-inspired designs and offers a garden restaurant, pool and a sundeck with uninterrupted view of the great landscape.
Accommodation is provided in a single-storey building with each room reflecting a Maasai Manyatta theme, locally inspired furniture and paintings with bright colors adorning the bed covers.
Activities in the area include; guided nature walks, bird watching, bush dinner/breakfast can be arranged upon request and visit to the Maasai Village.
Kilima Safari Camp
Situated next to the gate of the Amboseli National Park, Kilima Safari Camp has a great view of the animal watering holes as well as Mt Kilimanjaro. All accommodating rooms in the camp offer a sitting area, private bathroom with some having a claw-foot tub.
Guests can unwind with a massage treatment upon request, swim by the big pool or bask on the sun loungers by the pool. Other activities while at the camp include guided game drives and bush walks. Masai culture education as wells as evening Masai dance performances.
Bush dinners, night game drives and barbecue dinners can be arranged upon request.
Kibo Safari Camp
Kibo Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in the Amboseli. The camp is custom designed with furniture made from locally sourced logs giving it a bush-stay feel.
Activities while at the camp include; game drives, nature walks. Maasai dancers entertain guests in the evening while explaining about each dance and what it symbolizes.
There is also a special package for the honeymooners including bush dinners and great surprises from the manager.
AA Lodge Amboseli
AA Lodge is located 20km from the Amboseli airstrip and has facilities like a large swimming pool, restaurant, shared lounge, a business center and a games room.
The rooms are fully furnished with a reading table, hair dryer, safe and a private balcony overlooking the great Savannah. Guest can choose either American, Continental, halal or vegetarian breakfast. There are also a number of local cuisines and drinks served at the restaurant and bar.
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge
Sentrim Amboseli is 2.5km from the Amboseli National Park and 2.1km from Elephant Trust Research Firm. The property features an outdoor pool, garden and sun terrace. There is also a children’s playground to keep the young ones busy while at the lodge.
The accommodating rooms are decorated in locally sourced logs giving an African hut feel. The units include a seating area and/or a balcony offering great view of wildlife.
Other facilities at the camp include an outdoor pool, a restaurant that serve English cuisines and a continental breakfast. There is terrace along with a garden for guaranteed comfort while in the wild.
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