The Amboseli National Park is a well visited reserve and part of its appeal is its close proximity to Nairobi – making it an easily accessible game viewing destination. It can easily be visited over a weekend.
Joseph Thompson was the first European to explore the region in 1883. He was amazed, as are visitors to this day, at the amazing diversity of wildlife and contrasting vegetation and landscapes. The park is well known for its magnificent views of the snow capped Kilimanjaro, an endless supply of water that filters down from its peak through the volcanic rock. It is a photographer’s paradise with classic East African images of herds of elephants walking across the Acacia dotted plains – the inspiration for writers such as Robert Ruark and Ernest Hemingway.
Wildlife residents include large herds of elephants (there are over 1000 elephants in the park), cheetah, lions, baboons, hippos, gazelles, wildebeest and black rhino. Birdlife includes kingfishers, African fish eagles, pygmy falcons, bee eaters and pelicans.
Besides the superb game drives other popular activities include camel safaris, hiking, bird watching and visiting a traditional Masaai village to learn about their way of life and culture.
One of our favourite camps in the Amboseli National Park is Tortilis Camp, named after the flat topped acacia trees. It is a classic east African safari camp with fantastic views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The beautifully furnished tents are large and spacious with king or twin beds, luxury en-suite bathrooms and private verandas. Tortilis Camp is also a good choice for families. Its family house has two spacious bedrooms, a dining/ sitting room and rivate veranda.
The Amboseli National Park combines well with the Tsavo National Park and Kilimanjaro.
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There is a world of difference between one of our tailormade safaris and most package holidays printed in a brochure. Package holidays are usually designed to be as cheap as possible and of course involve large numbers of people doing the same thing. Our safaris use small, more exclusive and remote camps usually with guests flying in, and often virtually everything is included in the price. The experience is completely different.
Many of these small lodges and camps have broadly similar prices, and it is possible to arrange a superb two week safari for between £4,000 to £7,000 per person ($7,000 – $11,000) season dependant, all inclusive. Realistically it is difficult to reduce that figure, and by including Botswana in peak season, chartering a private plane, disappearing to some magical desert island, or flying at the front of the plane it’s easy to substantially increase that figure!