Elephant spotting in Amboseli National Park

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Elephant spotting in Amboseli National Park

by Marin Ritmeijer

Part of the southern Savannahs, Amboseli National Park is famous for its large herds of elephants roaming through the swampy areas. Due to great conservation work, the herds can roam around pretty free from poachers, hence their giant tusks.

A day in Amboseli National Park

Amboseli is a medium-sized park, famous for its herds of elephants, dramatic views over Mount Kilimanjaro, and generally captivating landscapes. Its patchwork of dusty plains and marshlands forms the heart of a wide ecosystem covering the surrounding Maasai lands.

Early morning is the best chance of some superb Kilimajaro views. If you are going for a game drive, it is well advised to take a ranger with you. He knows where the wildlife and predators are having breakfast. For elephants you do not need a ranger to spot them, there are plenty around, and they are pretty hard to miss.

In the rainy season, the wildlife can roam around this vast ecosystem beyond Amboseli National Park, which is not fenced. In the dry season, the wildlife tends to concentrate in the park. Large herbivores such as elephants, wildebeests, zebra and gazelle are easily spotted here. Predators such as lions, cheetahs and hyenas are also regularly spotted, but chances increase when you go with an experienced guide in your car.

 Self-drive Amboseli National Park

  • Take the C102 from Emali to the Iremito gate, as it has some superb tarmac.
  • Amboseli National Park is easy to navigate as almost every junction is signposted.
  • The main road can be a bit rutted from time to time, don't overspeed.

 Suggestions for accommodation in Amboseli National Park

Near Amboseli National Park, outside the gates, you can find several options for camping. Just inside the park we can recommend staying at KWS campsite, for $30 per night. For some more suggestions, check our accommodations page here.

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