​User Reviews – Amboseli NP

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photosbynathanzeluff   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2014 Reviewed: Jun 8, 2015

Email photosbynathanzeluff  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Good overall experience in Amboseli National Park
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My visit to Amboseli National Park aimed to accomplish two objectives: see large herds of elephants in the open and view Mt. Kilimanjaro. Anything extra was considered a bonus for me because I was going to visit Serengeti National Park for other wildlife opportunities. I can confidently say that these objectives were met and I did end up getting what I would call "bonus material".

First, the elephant herds were very large and easy to spot. There were herds of more than 20 elephants. Since these elephants have been well protected from poachers, there are many mature elephants with very large tusks. If you are into elephants, this is the place to go.

Second, I was hoping to catch a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I enjoy mountain scenery and always have high hopes of good mountain viewing. Unfortunately, I was only able to view Kili in the very early morning hours. The remainder of the day it was shrouded in clouds. While that was mildly disappointing, I was grateful to have seen it. When the mountain was visible, it did not disappoint. What makes this a unique viewing opportunity is that Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. There are no other dominant mountains or foothills around it.

Other wildlife was easily visible in the park because of the vast open plains. There were few predator sightings; although, I did manage to see a few hyenas and jackals. There are lions in the park, but are seldom seen. The wildlife in Amboseli National Park does not teem with animals on the scale of Masai Mara or Serengeti. Again, as previously stated, this park specializes in elephants and you would be hard pressed to find other destinations that offer the abundance of opportunities to get clear views of elephants.

The weather in the park was what one should expect from African plains. It was very warm with abundant sunshine most of the day. There were brief periods of higher humidity followed by a short rain. That did not negatively impact the safari experience.

The transportation in the park is quite easy. The park is much smaller than Serengeti or Masai Mara, making it easy to see the entire park in a couple of days. The roads were in good condition while I was there in November.

I stayed in a campground just outside the park. The accommodations were comfortable and the food was good. However, I will say that I am quite low maintenance when it comes to food and lodging.

My safari guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He knew his wildlife species well and he would drive to specific locations when I asked him. He also asked me questions about the specific things that I wanted to see so that he could ensure that my experience was exactly what I was looking for.

Overall, I would highly recommend Amboseli National Park as a safari destination. It is a convenient place for those who are on their way from Nairobi to Arusha for additional safari tours. Furthermore, it is difficult to find better places to view Mt. Kilimanjaro and find elephant herds as large as those found in Amboseli.

Steven Bray   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: October 2014 Reviewed: Dec 11, 2014

Email Steven Bray  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Giraffes with Kilimanjaro in the background: the perfect picture
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I have a great experience of safaris in East Africa but never visited Amboseli. Although it lacks the roughness and wilderness of the Serengeti or Masai Mara, it sure is one of the most scenic and beautiful national parks I've ever seen.

Carmen   –  
Spain ES
Visited: August 2014 Reviewed: Sep 14, 2014

35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Many elephants to see

Kristina Donika   –  
Germany DE
Visited: February 2024 Reviewed: Mar 24, 2024

Email Kristina Donika  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Much less touristy compared to Masai Mara, very beautiful scenery

Netty and Danny Heighton   –  
Canada CA
Visited: October 2023 Reviewed: Nov 25, 2023

Email Netty and Danny Heighton  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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The Nyati camp is beautiful especially with the kilimanjero background. Seeing the Parade of Elephants was an amazing experienced. Thank you Amboseli

Mary Harvey   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Nov 13, 2023

Email Mary Harvey  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Wide variety of wildlife but huge area where little seen.

Fanny Giuliano   –  
France FR
Visited: October 2023 Reviewed: Oct 20, 2023

Email Fanny Giuliano  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Incredible place, with crazy wildlife right next to Kilimanjaro

David Zarazua   –  
Mexico MX
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Oct 18, 2023

Email David Zarazua  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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There was a lot of wildlife

Mike   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Oct 10, 2023

Email Mike  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Amazing park, so many animals.

Leonie Groom   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Oct 7, 2023

Email Leonie Groom  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Beautiful park and so many animals to see. You won’t be disappointed

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