Best Time to Visit – Amboseli NP

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

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Although Amboseli can be visited at any time of year it is recommended to go in the dry months, which are from June to October and January to February. The short rains peak in November and the long rains in April and May – these months are not recommended for wildlife viewing. During these wet months, animals tend to spread out and are less inclined to come to predictable water sources.

Views of Kilimanjaro are hit-and-miss, but chances are best early morning and late afternoon in the Wet season months from November to May, when the sky is clear of dust.

Best Time June to September and January to February are best for general wildlife viewing (Little to no rainfall)
High Season December to March & July to October (The reserve can get quite busy)
Low Season April to June (Low season rates may apply)
Best Weather June to September and January to February (Little rainfall)
Worst Weather April (Wettest month)

June to October Dry Season

  • Wildlife watching is better when it’s dry, the grass is shorter and animals gather at water sources
  • Mainly sunny, almost no rainfall
  • Malaria is much less of a problem in the Dry season
  • It gets very dry and dusty
  • The sky is hazy and the scenery isn’t as pretty
  • Views of Kilimanjaro are les spectacular

November to May Wet Season

  • Scenically the park is at its best
  • April to June is low season and lower rates may apply
  • Plenty of animals to be seen despite being the Wet season
  • Best time for bird watching and migratory birds are present
  • Views of Kilimanjaro are best after rainfall, when the sky is clear of dust
  • Road conditions can be bad in April and May
  • Planned activities, such as game drives, may be interrupted in the peak rainfall months especially April

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