When to visit Amboseli National Park
What is best time to visit Amboseli National Park? Amboseli national park can be visited throughout the year meaning that the visitors can go and visit the park at any time that they wish however like any other African country or destination, the park features two seasons which are characterized by both wet and dry season, however on several occasions, the best time to visit the Amboseli national park has been known to be during the dry season which happens in the month June, July August, and September and then in December, January, and February and this is the best time for the game drive safaris.
On the other hand, the wet season starts in March, April, and May and then from October to November. This is not a good time for the game viewing but it offers rewarding views of the mountain Kilimanjaro landscapes especially in the morning and later in the evening. The wet season also presents some good times for birding especially for the visitors who are interested in birding.
Amboseli national is known for hosting the big 4 members of the big five animals including the habitat for more than 420 bird species that visitors can encounter when visiting the Amboseli national park. Amboseli National Park was gazetted in 1974 as a national park and was later declared as the World Heritage site in the year 1991 that covers a total area of 392 square kilometers.
Best season to visit Amboseli National Park
Based on our safari experience, the best season to visit the Amboseli national park is during the dry season when the park is free from muddy and thus not slippery. The dry season starts from June up to September and then from December to February. This is the time when the Amboseli national park receives little rainfalls and makes it easy for visitors to engage in successful game viewing activity since this is the major activity that is done in the Amboseli national park. During the game drive safari in Amboseli National Park, you will be able to enjoy a variety of the animal’s species that you will encounter in your safari vehicle and these include the cheetah, Masai giraffes, grants zebras, spotted hyenas, impala, lions, elephants, buffaloes among other animal species.
Dry season –the high season or peak season in Amboseli National Park
The peak season or the dry season is the busiest season when the Amboseli national park is full of visitors. Most of the safari packages to Amboseli National Park sell during the dry season which happens annually from June to September and from December to February. This is also the time where Christmas celebrations fall.
With this season, the game drives and the views of the Kilimanjaro Mountains are clearly seen, and also the park in most cases is out of water during the dry season and thus there are limited problems of malaria spread mosquitoes because there is no stagnant water favoring the breeding of mosquitoes. However, you’re advised to carry the insect repellent when coming to Amboseli National park during the dry season.
The rainy or wet season or the low season in Amboseli National Park
This represents the best time for the birding since it is when the Amboseli national park receives the migratory birds from the European countries, as you experience the stunning views of the Kilimanjaro mountains and see a lot of animals since there is always plenty of food happening within the park especially the green pastures which attracts a lot of different mammals within the park.
It is not a good time for the game drive during the wet season because it is always muddy and the trails within the park tend to be slippery. For visitors who want also or who prefer to travel on a budget, it’s good that they travel during this good time because most of the lodges offer discounts during the low season and the park receives few visitors. Some of the bird species that can be encountered during the wet season in Amboseli national park include the Hartlaub’s bustard, African swamphen, greater flamingoes, steel blue whydah, yellow-necked spurfowl, common redshank, Taveta golden weaver among other species.
Items to carry while on a safari to Amboseli National Park
Some of the best items that you carry during your Amboseli national park safaris include the camera, good hiking shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen glasses, and camera with enough batteries, enough water bottles, and the hat, insect repellent among other services.
How to access the Amboseli National Park
Visitors interested in reaching the Amboseli National Park will drive for about 4 hours from Nairobi capital city which is located in the southeast of the Nairobi city and it is just 249 square kilometers by using the four by four vehicles while driving on the tarmac road leading you to the park. Road transport is so amazing and this is the best way of experiencing the Kenya countryside.
The best time to visit the Amboseli national park is visited all the year round but the most period is during the Christmas season and the dry season especially during the June to October and the year of the February, therefore, these are the best traveling months and the best months that are ideals for the visitors traveling to Kenya for the wildlife safaris.
Where to stay in Amboseli National Park
There are different accommodation facilities in Amboseli national park both budget, luxury, and mid-range lodges or campsites. Some of these lodges include the Tawi Lodge, OI Tukai lodge, Amboseli Serena Safari, Kibo Safari Camp, and many lodges. Book the safari to Amboseli National Park with Africa Adventure Vacations for the best experience ever in Africa.