Most images of Amboseli National Park feature herds of elephant crossing the plains, with the towering, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Amboseli National Park is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of free-ranging elephants and is also home to buffalo, zebra, giraffe and a variety of plains game and predators such as lion and hyena. Safari visitors here also have the chance to see the endangered black rhino and a multitude of other wildlife species.
The park is about 200km from Nairobi and is easily accessible by road and also by air. An Amboseli safari combines well with a visit to Tsavo National Park in Kenya, and Kilimanjaro and Arusha in Tanzania. Amboseli is Kenya's second most visited safari park and it is not uncommon to see many vehicles while on safari. However, your Amboseli safari experience is rewarding; animals display relaxed attitudes around vehicles, resulting in spectacular close up encounters.
Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya's smaller parks, and features mostly flat plains covered with low scrub vegetation and groves of yellow-fever trees. At the centre of the park, subterranean streams originating on Mount Kilimanjaro surface to create large swamp areas that attract a rich diversity of animals and birdlife. The short, sparse vegetation makes animals fairly easy to spot, while a visit to the swamps will offer spectacular sightings of the animals that come to drink.