Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is a 392-square kilometre park that is part of a much larger 8000 square kilometre wildlife ecosystem that extends into Kenya. The park has Kilimanjaro has its backdrop and the sight of elephants and giraffes walking across a dry, dusty moonscape framed by Africa’s largest mountain draws many photographers to East Africa. It has also made Amboseli, which is the place to see this unforgettable sight, the second-most visited park in Kenya after the Masai Mara. The elephants are some of the most relaxed anywhere having been studied for more than two decades by the researcher Cynthia Moss. They have also been the subjects of two BBC documentaries.

How to get there

A half hour scheduled flight from Nairobi or a 3-hour drive.

Best time to visit

During the dry season from June to November elephant viewing is at its best. The roads in Amboseli have a loose surface of volcanic soil that is dusty in the dry season and impassable in the wet season

What species you will see

The park is home to the African elephant, buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest among other African animals. Masai ostrich, crowned cranes, superb starlings and many other interesting Kenyan species are found here.

You need to know

During the dry season the elephants move down to the swamps in the morning and then leave again in the afternoon. If you are with a good guide he will anticipate their movements and put you in a good position for photography. Like all mountains, Kilimanjaro, is often hidden behind cloud so you need to be lucky and also patient to capture its true glory.

Add ons

A visit to Amboseli combines well with the Masai Mara and other great parks of Kenya.