WHERE TO STAY IN AMBOSELI PARK
Each tier addresses the needs of a particular type of traveler, whether you want an exceptional safari in an exclusive Kenya location and impeccable personalized service from highly skilled staff, mid-range accommodation with excellent service in a slightly less exclusive location or simply want the most affordable option that gets you close to the most popular safari attractions and wildlife experiences. Rest assured, though, that the same game activities are available for each tier, but some at a supplemental cost differentiated by quality of guiding standards and also access to a private conservancy.
At the Safari Tier 1 level, you will have a premier bush holiday in Amboseli National Park. This tier represents the most exclusive, high-end luxury accommodations, such as Tortilis Camp with 18 tented rooms. The camp is widely recognized as one of the finest camps in Amboseli for getting up-close to elephants, and many of the staff know the herd’s name, peculiar behaviors and much more. The other Tier 1 option is Tawi Lodge with its 12 chalets.
The lodge works in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation for the progression and safeguarding of the wildlife in the Amboseli ecology and the Maasai tribe living there. With so limited guests at these lodgings, you can expect to be pampered by staff who are incredibly practiced in guest service and often anticipate your needs. The guides at these top-end accommodations have the highest level of knowledge about the park, flora, fauna, tracking techniques and many other subjects to give you a dream trip to Africa.
Mid-range Safari Tier 2 accommodations, such as Satao Elerai offers 17 cottages and tented suites. The camp is co-owned in partnership with the Maasai, so you are completely enveloped in one of Africa's greatest cultures. The camp is also set on the side of a hill in a private, exclusive conservancy bordering the national park, so can you enjoy breathtaking views of expansive savannah plains and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Also rated as a Tier 2, Amboseli Serena Lodge has a prime location inside the park border while Porini Amboseli Camp is set in the distant Selenkay Conservancy outside Amboseli National Park offering an off-beat, authentic wildlife and cultural experience. Game activities are scheduled for small groups of AfricanMecca guests, and your guide has very good to excellent knowledge of the best vantage points for wildlife viewing that may include some of the more traveled areas (read more on the best time to go to Amboseli).
You will receive excellent service, even though, there may be more guests than at a Tier 1 accommodation when staying at Amboseli Serena Lodge – they have 92 rooms while Porini Amboseli only has 9 rustic bush tents.
For the budget-conscious vacationer in Africa, we recommend an affordable accommodation that provides you with modest rooming and proximity to the most visited areas of Amboseli Park. Ol Tukai Lodge and Amboseli Sopa Lodge are value lodges that provide clean, comfortable guest rooms, palatable meals and fixed schedules of game activities.
Service quality may be inconsistent and less personable than Tier 1 and Tier 2 accommodations, as these lodges have more guests on average. Ol Tukai has 80 value rooms while Amboseli Sopa has 83 chalet rooms. Selenkay Gamewatchers Adventure Camp is an admirable option for a budget safari while staying in a backpacker style domed tents.
The staff are fairly responsive to guest requests, and some additional amenities and services are available at supplementary cost. Guiding standards at these accommodations are good and guides are experienced too but average in comparison to safari guides available at Tier 1 and Tier 2 camps and lodges.
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Jambo Raza, I think I speak for both of us when I say that this was one of the best trips of our lives. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable -- Steven, in Amboseli, was particularly outstanding.
Scott Aaronson - Associate Professor, M.I.T - Boston, United States
On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari to Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
Jambo Altaf, Many thanks for a brilliant holiday. Your choice of tented accommodation at the two Tsavos and Amboseli was superb, we didn't have a favourite. We would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone.
Geoffrey Topliss - Northampton, United Kingdom
The animals at Amboseli were amazing. We saw live wildebeest births, a pack of hyenas looking for a kill. Thank you to AfricanMecca for helping us plan the trip/honeymoon of a lifetime!
Holly & Michael Lapidus - New Jersey, United States
It was a terrific trip to the Masai Mara - Governors Il Moran, Amboseli - Satao Elerai, Zanzibar - Ras Nungwi & Zanzibar Serena Inn - one we will always remember. Thank you for everything.
Bow & Sandy Bowman - California, United States
Raza and AfricanMecca Safaris did an outstanding job with all of the arrangements lined up to help make our trip unforgettable. We do thank you from the bottom of our heart.
Kim and Mike Claiborne - Texas, United States
Our trip was outstanding. Amboseli National Park was one of our favorite places. There was a diversity of landscape, with marsh area as well as bush country. We saw numerous elephants close up.
Professor Donald S. Kisiel - Biology Department Suffolk County Community College - New York, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR AMBOSELI IN SOUTHERN KENYA
When visiting Amboseli National Park, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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GUIDE ON AMBOSELI PARK
Amboseli is a majestic landscape where predator and prey interactions unfolds every day across the 392 square kilometers of protected wilderness. The park borders Tanzania at the foothills of Kilimanjaro.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN AMBOSELI
Game drives in Amboseli provide maximal terrestrial coverage to see the greatest diversity of animals. Also available are bush walks and night game drives, though, available only in private conservancies.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT AMBOSELI
Little to no rainfall occurs during the dry season from July to October, and we consider this to be the best time of year to visit Amboseli Park; however, the rains bring renewed life to the plains.
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