There’s one place in Kenya, which is famous for the epic views of Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa! Although Kilimanjaro is actually in Tanzania, there are spectacular views from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.
In this post, I’ve shared some of the photos from our family trip to Amboseli back in August 2018. This was a truly special and memorable trip, as you will see from the photos!
Many people who visit Amboseli will fly into the park, before being collected by their hotel transport or safari company and driven to their game lodge.
Like many places we have visited in Kenya, we drove from Nairobi and spent just one night in the park, before continuing on to Mombasa, via Tsavo West. This was an ideal road trip, as it broke up the long journey to Mombasa and allowed us to explore two of Kenya’s prime parks in one trip!
Ol Tukai Lodge
Our lodge of choice was the magnificent Ol Tukai, which is set in a prime position within the Amboseli park.
When we arrived, we were welcomed by Maasai hosts and felt instantly at home. The lodge is perfect for families, with spacious grounds, comfortable rooms and clean facilities throughout. The property features 80 beautiful wooden chalets, which are spaced out throughout the grounds, along with restaurants, bar, swimming pool and conference facilities. Best of all, on one side, the lodge boasts uninterrupted views of the famous majestic mountain in the background.
There’s also plenty of naughty little vervet monkeys around the grounds – fun to watch and take pictures of! But, don’t forget to close up your windows and doors properly, as they can make a real mess!
After two epic game drives throughout the day, we enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner, followed by Maasai dancing around a warming camp fire – the perfect way to end the day!
Before retiring to the lodge for the day, we were lucky enough to witness the true beauty of the sun setting across Amboseli park. The stunning golden yellow sky created beautiful light effects. When combined with a herd of elephants passing by in front of Kilimanjaro, we were presented with some amazing photo opportunities.
Staying at Ol Tukai provided the ideal opportunity to get a glimpse of Kilimanjaro first thing in the morning. As the sun rose, there were few clouds in the sky, giving a really clear view of the snow-covered peaks. This is most definitely not to be missed! As the day drew on, the clouds began to cover the top of the mountain so it became almost invisible.
Amboseli is one of Kenya’s best game parks and for very good reason. Wildebeests, buffalos, zebras, impalas, giraffes, hyenas, lions, cheetah, leopards, monkeys, baboons and of course, the famous elephants all roam the Amboseli plains. The park is also home to more than 400 species of birds. There’s certainly no shortage of life here… that’s all part of the magic, you never know what you’re going to see.
View the video slideshow
Here is a video slideshow of these images from our trip!
I hope you enjoyed sharing our experience of Kenya’s Amboseli park! This is definitely one of our top recommendations for some of the best wildlife viewing and photography opportunities in Kenya. We’ll definitely be back for more adventures!
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