The Best Time to Visit Amboseli National Park for Safaris and Holidays
When planning your first ever safari to Amboseli National Park, you must be wondering when is the best time to visit Amboseli National Park. Well, in this article, we will discuss month by month of when we recommend you visit Amboseli either for your short or long safari holiday.
Amboseli National Park is one of our most popular and premium safari destinations in Kenya. Amboseli offers both luxury and affordable safari experiences for guests looking to have an authentic safari experience in Kenya.
An Amboseli safari can start from Mombasa, the coastal region, or Nairobi, the main city for a short visit of around 3 days or 4 days visit. The park offers the best in terms of wildlife sightings and activities such as walking safaris and community visits.
So when is the best time to visit Amboseli National Park?
Below we will highlight in detail when we recommend would be the best month, season, and time to visit this incredible safari destination. Knowing when to visit, would help you figure out how your entire safari experience will be.
A month by month guide will help you plan accordingly your next Amboseli safari either starting from Mombasa or Nairobi.
The best time to Visit Amboseli National Park is between January and March. This is when wildlife is in plenty, and you can enjoy majestic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro just outside your tent.
Month by Month Guide to Visit Amboseli
January to March
After the short rains of November to December, January to March is known to be the best time to visit Amboseli National Park. The vegetation is lush green, wildlife is in plenty, there is a lot to see and the lakes and water patches are full.
The temperature this time is hot and dry, making it easy to enjoy a well-organised African Safari. The temperatures are at a low of 15 °C / 59 °F and highs of 30 °C / 86 °F making it the best time for a safari in Amboseli.
From January to March, you will see the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro with all its glory and glamour, the covered peak with lots of snow and as well, and this season offers the best views of the mountain than any other season.
In March, the temperature and weather tend to change as the long rains start off, which lasts from March to June, but with a hot and well season in May. The January to March season is known as the high season, most guests prefer visiting this time since it has perfect weather and no crowded parks.
April to June
After the January to March Season, the April to June Season comes in but with a different reception of climate and weather patterns. This season which starts from April to June is when the long rains of East Africa known as Masika, start. It actually starts off in mid or late March.
The season becomes wet, cold, and hot as a mix. The visit to parks and other major destinations such as Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru becomes hectic and stressful due to bad roads. Amboseli National Park is not spared by this kind of climate.
The entire park soaks in lots of water, and some inner roads become hard to access, and even hard to do game drives. It’s only best to visit Amboseli this time if you want to just rest in the camp and not engage in game drives and other safari activities.
Due to the heavy rains received, the mountain becomes hard to see, since it’s blocked by clouds and does not display well. Although in May the rains subside, the temperatures become hot and at times the rains pour. Though it’s not guaranteed hot or rainy weather in May.
We recommend guests book our flying safaris for easy access to Amboseli National Park for a short holiday visit. This season starting from April to June is known as the low season in East Africa.
July to October
One of the busiest seasons in East Africa for safaris. It’s the best season to visit Kenya for safaris and as well for an Amboseli National Park Safari. This season is known for the wildebeest migration in Masai Mara, where more than 1.5 million wildebeests and zebras migrate and converge.
From July to October, the park receives a lot of guests and most of the safari accommodations have no availability due to the influx of guests visiting, not only Amboseli but even other safari destinations.
The temperatures are hot and dry. The vegetation is lush green and the best for wildlife sightings too. This makes it the best time to visit Amboseli National Park. Although we recommend you book your African Safari Holiday as early as possible to avoid overbookings and losing accommodations.
You can combine your Amboseli Safari with other safari destinations like Tsavo West and East and Samburu and Masai Mara National Reserve. Although the crowding of guests in these safari destinations reduces in September and October. We would recommend you book your Amboseli Safari around mid-September and October.
This season which starts from July to October is known as the Peak Season of East African Safaris.
November and December
Although the short rains in November start early, this is also one of the best time to visit Amboseli National Park for safaris. This is because the season has fewer guests and the vegetation is green with easy sightings of wildlife.
Approaching December, the temperature rises to a high of 26 degrees making it the best time to visit Amboseli National Park for your Christmas holidays and new year vacations. It’s easy to spot big herds of elephants and big cats such as lions and cheetahs.
The roads are easily accessible and not clogged, but be aware the month of December towards the end, the rains usually arrive for a period of two to three weeks. So you must visit Amboseli with caution.
This season is a mix of peak and high season due to the festivities in December.
The recommended best time to visit Amboseli National Park is between January and March when the temperatures and climate are favorable are good for all kinds of safari guests. We recommend you combine an Amboseli Safari with either a Masai Mara, Tsavo West, or Samburu.
We have amazing Amboseli Safaris available for bookings from January to March. We also custom-make and design incredible and unbeatable Amboseli Safari Itineraries for you that will ensure your safari is the best.
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