In addition to the photo-friendly game drive and watching massive herds of African elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya don’t miss out Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak.

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Early morning view of Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National park also known as white cap.

Day 1: Wednesday October 04, 2017

Lake Nakuru – Amoseli

After two days of incredible safari in Lake Nakuru National Park, we departed Nakuru for Amboseli National Park. It was about 7 hour drive via Nairobi. Nakuru to Amboseli was about 233 miles (377 km). The highway is decent, but the slow-moving international truck will slow you down.
Then the highway from Emali to Kimana was lovely, with no traffic, so we covered 54 miles (88 km) in less than an hour.

On the highway from Email to Kimana, our guide Anthony was driving us to Kenya for our 7 days trip!

The last leg of the road between Kimana to Kimana gate of Amboseli National Park was only 18 miles (30 km) but took us about 40 minutes as the road was not the best by far, it was bumpy all the way, and the unpaved road was very dusty. It was 6:30 pm when we arrived at Kibo Safari Camp, located next to the park entrance called Kimana gate.

Day 2: Wednesday October 05, 2017

Full Day Game Drive in Amoseli National Park

Early in the morning, we got lucky to have a clear view of snow-covered Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds built up over the peak.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Soon I woke up early in the morning. I was stunned to see this beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro from my tent

On our first day of Amboseli, we planned for an extensive game drive starting at 8:00 am. Keeping that in mind, we quickly finished our breakfast, packed our camera and gear while our driver picked up our packet lunch from the hotel, and in no time, we were ready for the big day.

Soon we enter the park we saw many wildlife, this scene is one of the example!

Soon we entered the park through the Kimana gate. We started viewing plentiful wildlife, including everything from Wildebeest, impalas, and gazelle; we saw hyenas returning home after a long night of hunting, giraffes on the horizon, zebras heading towards grassland, and warthog kneeling for grazing due to their short neck.

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Close-up view of a black-and-white striped Zebra in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Stunning Game Drive in the Park

While driving in the park, we saw the gigantic Mount Kilimanjaro peak covered with snow in the far distance. In fact, the mountain is in Tanzania. Also, the amazing scene of elephants making their long journey through the meadow to Lake Kioko in search of food and water was breathtaking.

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Mount Kilimanjaro peak is covered with snow in the far distance. In fact, the mountain is in Tanzania

Wildlife Activities in Lake Kioko

After driving a couple of miles on the dusty unpaved road through the savanna, we came to Lake Kioko, a popular gathering spot for the park’s wildlife inhabitants. We saw hippos disappearing into the water and other early bird and animals already having their piece of the pie in the lake.

The ergot is a good friend of this buffalo when it comes to food!

Climb up to Noomotio Observation Point

Noomotio observation hill is the highest point in the park, from where we had a fantastic view of lake Amboseli, the savanna, and the surrounding landscape. Our guide stopped here, and we climbed to the top for our lunch.

A view from Noomotio Observation lookout

Lake Amboseli

Amboseli has an unlimited underground water supply purified through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap, which funnels into two clear water springs in the park’s heart. As a result, Lake Amboseli is one of the best places to view the park’s bird population.

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Lake Amboseli in Amboseli National Park

As our first day of safari at Amboseli ended, we almost gave up on spotting the lion, one of our favorite big five, but on our way back to the camp, our guide heard something on the two-way radio and suddenly turned around. In a few minutes, he pulled over on the roadside, and we were lucky to spot a lion and lioness engaging in a mating session.

We spotted a pair of lions and a lioness in the bushes!

After a long safari day, we relax by the pool with a few bottles of local beer and enjoy the sunset.

Day 3: Wednesday October 06, 2017

Half Day Safari in Amboseli National Park

Wake up early since we need to enter the park by 06:00 am to experience the early morning wildlife activities and the beautiful sunrise scene on the horizon. We planned to finish the game drive by 10 am, return to our camp, have our late breakfast, and then head back to Nairobi.

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Soon we entered the park we were rewarded with an amazing sunrise.

It’s a completely different early morning experience, all the wildlife already out of their hiding, busy having their food before the sunshine and heat pick up its intensity. Our time at Amboseli National Park was about to end soon. We saw quite a few animals that one could only see in Amboseli, one of Kenya’s most famous safari parks.

Day two safari started with spotting different types of wildlife in the park

We finished our 2nd day of safari at 9:30, and right before exiting the park, we saw a sad scene of a wounded zebra being attacked by a hyena, but there was nothing we could do to help the wounded fellow.

Hyenas sported a wonder zebra!

Return to Nairobi Airport from Amboseli

We returned to our camp, had our breakfast, then quickly checked out and headed for our 3 and 1/2 hours road trip back to Nairobi International Airport. Although our flight to Dar es Salaam was at 6 pm, I was a little worried, but our driver could make it on time despite the heavy traffic.

The train heading to Nairobi from Mombasa

Accommodation in Amboseli National Park

We stayed at the Amboseli Kibo Safari Camp adjacent to the park. It was overlooking the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro. A great place to relax and enjoy the delicious local food and drinks. 

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Beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro from the pool area of Kibo Safari Camp.

My room inside the tent was spacious, with a washroom, Shower, and toilet. It was clean and comfortable; the great place to sit back and relax was the porch in the front with a beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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A view of my tent (Kibo Safari Camp) where I stayed two nights

Where to stay in Amboseli National Park

Kilima Safari Camp, Kilima

Located in Amboseli National Park, Kilima offers spacious accommodations with views of the animal water pools and Mount Kilimanjaro. In addition, guided game drives and bush walks are offered. The tents and lodges at Kilima Safari Camp include a 4-poster bed with a mosquito net. All rooms have a seating area and a private bathroom. Guests can unwind with a selection of massage treatments available upon request or enjoy a refreshing swim and relax on the poolside lounger. Activities on offer include a nature walk or a free lecture about Maasaj culture. In the evening, Maasaj dancers perform.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Amboseli

Located in Amboseli, a few steps from Amboseli National Park, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge provides accommodations with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge, and a terrace. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel has a restaurant and a bar. In addition, the property has a concierge service, luggage storage space, and currency exchange for guests. At the hotel, every room is equipped with a closet. In addition, rooms are complete with a private bathroom equipped with a shower, while specific units at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge also offer a seating area. The nearest airport is Amboseli, 0.6 miles from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

My Opinion and Last Word

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