For anyone looking to experience the beauty of Kenya wildlife in style, Amboseli national park is a top choice. It is Kenya’s second largest and second popular national park after the Masai Mara National Reserve. Amboseli harbors a rich assortment of wildlife including elephants, zebras, wildebeest, and more than 350 species of birds. On a lucky day, you will effortlessly spot the often-elusive lions, leopards, and cheetahs.
The flagship tourist attraction in Amboseli National Park is sights of large herds of free roaming elephants with a backdrop view of Africa’s largest mountain; Mt. Kilimanjaro. However, despite all its well won accolades, it is the rise of luxurious Amboseli national park hotels that has catapulted Amboseli National park into the list of best safari destinations in Africa’s.
In this article, our seasoned Amboseli National Park safari guides, all born and raised in Kenya, review the top 5 Amboseli National park hotels. These are Safari lodges that we can confidently tell you, “Yes! These will give you value for money and an authentic Kenya Safari experience.”
The Ol Tukai Lodge ranks as one of the few Amboseli national park lodges from where you can watch large herds of elephants and savor the magnificent view of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro; all from the comfort of your room.
The lodge has excellent indoor and outdoor facilities with unique collections of African art. The Ol Tukai Lodge flaunts a luxurious theme that appeals to both local and international tourists.
The Lodge has 80 comfortable chalet twin rooms, each beautifully made with key focus on satisfaction and comfortability. However, the one thing we really love about this Amboseli national park hotel is that it has specially built rooms for people with special needs.
The meals are served in buffet style with the kitchen having an all-inclusive menu. The bar is stocked with drinks of choice such as cocktails, fresh fruit juices, beers and liqueurs.
Lunch is served on the Verandah, with some wildlife occasionally being meters away from the fence. Zebra, buffalo, and elephants will be the ones to join you, but please don’t forget that you should never feed them
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, part of the Serena Hotels family, is located insider Amboseli national park, very close to the Kenya-Tanzania border. The lodge is set against the beautiful backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro and it is surrounded by golden acacia trees and savannah plains. Close to it you can view emerald green swamps which are fed by melting snow from Kilimanjaro.
The room features a king-sized bed, mosquito curtains, private bathroom and verandah where you can relax and enjoy yourself when you don’t feel like leaving the room. There are also triple rooms for those on a Kenya group safari.
You enter the dining area through a timbered bridge over the melting water stream. Talk about elegance. The dining wall features hand painted wildlife and its décor reflects traditional artifacts of Maasai community. Being an art-lover, I got to know more information about the artists and decorators of this space. I was awed by all that I saw.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge has professional chefs who cater for individual diets. The restaurant menu feature salad buffet, entrée, soup, cheese, biscuits, pudding, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options are also available.
In case you do not feel like experimenting with local dishes, then you are guaranteed to feel right at home with the expertise of the chefs who prepare mouthwatering international cosines. This Amboseli national Park lodge has a spacious bar and lounge with a broad terrace and a blazing fire which may serve as a common room where guests gather to enjoy evening cocktails.
AA Lodge Amboseli is the newest lodge under AA Group of Hotels and among the most luxurious lodges in Amboseli National Park. Built in a 3-tier accommodation design, the lodge offers a variety of accommodation options including superior rooms, tents and cottages.
The lodge is located 4 kilometers away from the park’s main gate. It is 240 km from Nairobi and 16 kilometers from Amboseli airstrip. The lodge is built in 60 acres of land with a truly spectacular view of the Mt. Kilimanjaro.
AA Lodge Amboseli has trained chefs who offer mouthwatering dishes. The restaurant here can hold up to 130 guests.
At the front side of the hotel there is a terrace overlooking the swimming pool where guests can sit and take their meals. After the meals guests are free to take a dip in the pool and enjoy themselves while at it.
AA Lodge Amboseli has a diverse list of assorted games provided for children in the entertainment hall, making it a family friendly safari lodge.
The availability of conference hall makes the lodge best for business travelers. The hall is well equipped and can hold a maximum capacity of 250 delegates. The conference rooms are the ideal pace for conferencing and meeting.
The Sentrim Amboseli Lodge borders Amboseli National park and is 3 kilometers from Kimana gate. It has 60 luxurious deluxe tents that are spread out in the lodge.
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge is 240 kilometers from Nairobi. If you travel by road it will take you 4 hours from the city but just 50 minutes if you choose to fly to the airstrip. The lodge is 15 kilometers from the airstrip.
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge has professional chefs who cater for individual taste to perfection. The lodge kitchen is well equipped to help the chefs to prepare mouth-watering meals. The other facilities include a swimming pool, entertainment gadgets and amicable customer service which will leave you wishing to prolong your stay.
The Kibo Safari Camp is positioned at a place where you can watch the sun rise majestically over Mt Kilimanjaro while still enjoying the warmth of your bed. It has 73 self-contained tents which accommodate guest as per their needs. There are single tents, double tents, triple tents and family tents.
The beds in the tents are built using the bush logs which will give you comfort but at the same time create the camping feel. The tents are of a world class standard with a clothes rack, mosquito nets, writing desk, a carpet, private flush toilets, wash basin, and showers.
The camp has a restaurant and an open terrace building overlooking the snow-capped mountain and all the flora and fauna there.
Kibo safari camp has planted fruits and vegetables in the lodge thus you can be sure that your food will be fresh and delicious. The lodge professional chefs offer the best cuisines. Individual diets are also catered for. You must try the T-bone steak while there, it was my absolute favorite.