How to get to Amboseli national park
Amboseli national park is the second visited national park in Kenya after Masai mara national park found in Kajiado County along the border of Kenya and Tanzania 160 miles from Nairobi, masai mara national park is a great scenically magnificent national park a home of beautiful wildlife most especially a big population of elephants and has a back drop of the snow-capped mountain Kilimanjaro.
Amboseli national park offers many exciting activities which include game viewing, bird viewing, visiting the Masai local communities and many more.
Amboseli National Park is situated in adjust to Kenya and Tanzania in Loitoktok district in rift valley of Kenya which is a distance of 365 kilometers southeast Nairobi the most developed town nearing the park, Nairobi is the most popular entry in Kenya by foreign tourists using jomo Kenyatta international airport (NBO) which is situated 15 kilometers southwest of Nairobi. Amboseli national park is easily accessed by both road and using a domestic flight, by road Amboseli national park can be reached by a drive from different locations and destinations that is
- From Nairobi city it is a distance of 365 kilometers a drive of 3-4 hours to the Amboseli national park
- From Mombasa city it is a distance of 451.4 kilometers a drive of 7-8 hours.
- From Bungoma it is a distance of 625 kilometers a drive of 11-12 hours
- From Malindi it is a distance of 530.1 kilometers a distance of 8-9 hours
- From Kisumu it is a distance of 559.5 kilometers a drive of 10-11 hours
- From Nakuru it is a distance of 394.1 kilometers a drive of 7-8 hours
- Form hell’s gate it is a distance of 350 kilometers a drive of 6-7 kilometers
- From Samburu national reserve it is a distance of 526 kilometers a drive of 9-10 hours
- From Maasai mara national reserve it is a distance of 517.5 kilometers a drive of 10-11 hours via Mombasa road
- From lake Nakuru national park it is a distance of 390 kilometers a drive of 7-8 hours
These distances help you calculate your distance if your including other destinations into your safari’s itinerary to Amboseli national park. Most the tourists visiting Amboseli national park for a safari frequently use Nairobi city as the main gateway to the park, as already noted from Nairobi city it is possible to use both air and road transport means depending on your choice and levels of income.
By road there is good maintained routes from Nairobi leading to Amboseli national park, Amboseli national park is reached using five gates that is airstrip gate, kulunyiet gate, iremito gate, meshananai gate which situated in a drivable distances from Nairobi city. While on a drive from Nairobi city it is a drive of 2.5 hours to meshananai gate via Nairobi route, using kimana gate you use a 228 kilometers route which passes through a small town Emali to Mombasa main route leading to the eastern region of the park.
You can opt to use to Amboseli national park is through Isinya, this route is 240 kilometers leads from magadi road in Nairobi, and this route later joins Nairobi-Arusha route passing through Namanga town. From Namanga town to meshananai gate it is a drive of 45 minutes – 1 hour but you may spend more due to heavy traffic on this route.
When using road transport to Amboseli national park you can use both private and public of means of transport, by public means there is numerous bus companies offering daily drives to Loitoktok town. From Loitoktok town you get either use a matatu or a cab for a drive of 51.3 kilometres of 1 hour to the park, using private vehicles to park is more comfortable with high level of privacy as you drive from the Nairobi to the park’s gates.
Note: when you are driving to Amboseli national park is important to use a 4×4 wheel car it is more reliable.
Using air means of transport to get to Amboseli national park, there is numerous flight companies offering daily chartered flights from Nairobi’s jomo Kenyatta international airport to Amboseli airport. Companies offering domestic chartered flights to Amboseli national park include
AirKenya flying from Nairobi
Safarilink flying from Nairobi and Tsavo west
Mombasa Air Safari flying from Mombasa, Masai mar, Malindi and Diani beach
When you are planning on using air means of transport to Amboseli it is important to book your flight earlier before the actual date of your safari to avoid delays and also have the right travel documents.
When travelling to Amboseli national park make sure you have valid travel documents which include a visa, passport, yellow fever vaccination permit and others required for your safari like enough money to pay for your activities