(This week is a guest post from my friend Ratia, who brings us a little something from Amboseli).

Amboseli National Park is situated in Loitoktok District, approximately 240 Km from Nairobi (capital city of Kenya). The ecosystem is dominated mainly by savannah grassland ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.

Amboseli National Park_Lone elephant against Kilimanjaro Image courtesy of KWS


Amboseli National Park_Gate


Amboseli National Park_Rotten TwigImage courtesy of KWS


The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Due to rising cases of poaching especially in the Tsavo National Park, most of the elephants have crossed over to Amboseli to find refuge.

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As the second most popular national park in Kenya, you can be sure to find the big 5. The park is also home to about 400 bird species such as pelicans, crakes, kingfishers, water birds, hammerkops among others.

Amboseli National Park_Buffalo Image courtesy of KWS


Amboseli National Park_giraffes Image courtesy of KWS


Amboseli National Park_cheetah  Image courtesy of KWS


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Amboseli National Park_OstrichImage courtesy of KWS


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Amboseli National Park_Quails Image courtesy of KWS


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Amboseli National Park_Oh Wheres LunchI tried getting a perfect short of this lioness, but it didn’t really want to move away from the bushes


Amboseli offers the most spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro lies in Tanzania as it straddles the Kenyan/Tanzanian border. An extinct volcano, Kilimanjaro’s snow covered peaks rise to a height of 19,340 feet (5895 meters), making it the tallest free-standing mountains. Kilimanjaro’s awesome mystique as it towers over the great Rift Valley has inspired countless artists, poets and writers, one of the most famous of which was Ernest Hemingway who wrote The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli National Park_Gazelle against Kilimanjaro Image courtesy of KWS


Amboseli National Park_Kilimanjaro and cloudImage courtesy of KWS


Amboseli National Park_Kilimanjaro snow cap Image courtesy of KWS


Amboseli National Park_Kilimanjaro snow cap2One can get a perfect view from the hills. Image courtesy of KWS

Elephants abound in Amboseli, and congregate in large numbers in the marshes especially during the dry season.

Amboseli National Park_Elephants drinking waterImage courtesy of KWS

The sunset in the park was breathtaking. Be sure to have a fully charged camera so as not to miss it. I managed to take this shots just before my camera died.

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Amboseli National Park is a place that I would highly recommend. However, in order to make the most of your visit, plan a couple of days to enjoy the wildlife and the great scenery of Mt. Kilimanjaro.


  • By Road: The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi – Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate. The other road is from Nairobi via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.
  • By Air: Airstrips: The park has a single airstrip for light aircrafts at Empusel gate. Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town

For more details see KWS.

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  1. March 3, 2014 at 9:10 am — Reply

    Absolutely stunning photos!

  2. Isaac Ngaruiya
    March 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    I visited Amboseli once, unfortunately the day i went there Mt. Kilimanjaro was not visible. But even so, i loved the park, the nature, the animals.

  3. March 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm — Reply

    Amazing pictures…

  4. keniamoja
    March 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    I still remember seeing the mighty Kilimanjaro for the first time at the break of dawn – the view was stunning.It was abolsutely breaktaking and an early morning safari is must have. While in Amboseli, you will enjoy the amazing view of kilimanjaro, an opportunity to see the elephants, gazzells, wild beests
    and of course the lions. It is a huge park and 2 safaris a day is must. The best times are early in the morning and late in the evening.

  5. March 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm — Reply

    Amboseli is definitely going to be included in my next trip to Kenya – these amazing photos confirm everything I’ve been expecting!

  6. March 4, 2014 at 3:06 am — Reply

    Love the views of Kili from this park. I definitely would love to visit this park for the wildlife of course, but the views of Kili would be reason enough for me!

  7. March 4, 2014 at 8:44 am — Reply

    Stunning pictures. Amboseli is the place to be.

  8. March 4, 2014 at 9:25 am — Reply

    Wow! Those photos are absolutely stunning. I want to go to Amboseli. Were you close to all the animals or did you have to use a long lens to get those great pictures?

  9. March 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    Wow – spectacular shots of scenery and wildlife!

  10. March 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm — Reply

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    • March 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the vote Savvy, please spread the word.

  11. March 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm — Reply

    Those photos are absolutely stunning, wow !

  12. March 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    I have never been to Amboseli but the photos are very compelling. I have stood on the summit of Kilimanjaro but from the Tanzania side so no elephants to be seen.

  13. March 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm — Reply

    Great guest post, Ratia! Thank you for sharing your friend with us, Rachel. I have another set of amazing pics for a desktop distraction again at work – woo hoo! I love all of them but being a lifelong lover of Cheetahs that is my #1 choice! Soooo enjoyed this very much 🙂

  14. March 4, 2014 at 11:05 pm — Reply

    Those views!!! My goodness. I really want to be on a safari like now!

  15. March 5, 2014 at 5:28 am — Reply

    The elephants look so massive and beautiful! Great photos. I feel like I was there with you, crazy!

  16. March 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm — Reply

    This is the second post on Kenya’s National Parks on this week’s Sunday Traveler. Maybe it’s the time to consider visiting it soon myself. Your photos are gorgeous!

  17. March 6, 2014 at 8:02 am — Reply

    I need to go on a safari ASAP! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler 🙂

  18. March 6, 2014 at 5:27 pm — Reply

    I keep seeing safari’s everywhere I look – maybe this is on my cards. The photos are stunning, and you can see how amazing it would have been for you IRL. Big thanks for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler

  19. March 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm — Reply

    Wow these Photos are amazing! Absolutely Gorgeous!

  20. March 7, 2014 at 1:41 am — Reply

    Very impressive photos. The animals are simply stunning and I would not want to leave the bushes to take the lions photo either. It was a great pic anyway 🙂

  21. March 7, 2014 at 10:02 am — Reply

    These are some stunning wildlife photos. I would love to go on a safari. Totally loved this virtual tour of Amboseli with you. I enjoyed seeing all the animals.

  22. March 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm — Reply

    Spectacular photos! What an unforgettable trip.

  23. March 8, 2014 at 8:42 am — Reply

    Another stunning post with fantastic photos. I love the one with the lone elephant. Gorgeous sunset!

  24. March 9, 2014 at 2:49 am — Reply

    Oh man – that place is so scenic it’s hard to believe it’s real. Getting up close to those giant animals must be amazing!

  25. March 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm — Reply

    I appreciate greatly. xx

  26. March 25, 2014 at 7:14 am — Reply

    Oh wow!!!!! These are some of the most stunning photos I have seen. Great job capturing those elephants and buffaloes, Ratia! What a treat for the eyes!

  27. March 30, 2014 at 1:15 am — Reply

    Wow, what gorgeous photos, especially the first few of the elephants. I haven’t yet been to Africa, but I would definitely like to go, and it’s on my fiance’s “must see before children” list.

  28. April 5, 2014 at 5:46 am — Reply

    Wow – I feel like I just traveled through the park myself! Btw just followed you on Twitter as well – looking forward to connect! Torsten

  29. April 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    Absolutely stunning tour and amazing photographs

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