Amboseli National Park – Home of the African Elephant

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands.  They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.

Park size

t 392 square kilometers (151 sq. miles) Amboseli is not a large park, but that is part of its charm. The smaller size also creates more of a concentration of wildlife and thus, easier viewing.


The park is situated northwest of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the Kenya/Tanzania border.  It’s relatively close to the beaches of the Kenya Coast and can easily be a 1-day safari for those who wish a quick getaway.

The park is open year-round and always accessible. The best wildlife viewing is during the dry season (June – October). This is the time the animals flock to the marshes, lakes and other water holes. And so will you for the cool shade and to discover the wildlife.

Getting there

By road – you can book a tour with Jadestone Africa Travels from Mombasa or Nairobi. Access from Mombasa is through Tsavo West National Park through the Kimana Gate.

Note: many of the park’s interior roads are unnavigable during the rainy season because the volcanic soil becomes too muddy.

By air – The park only features one air strip for light aircraft at the Empusel gate.

  1. Large Herds of Elephants
  2. Kilimanjaro
  3. Big Five
  4. Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants,
  5. Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose
  6. Contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle