What is the difference between Amboseli and Samburu is one of the most popular questions that we get from our guests. The best part is that some of our guests are more aware of Amboseli (maybe because it is the second most popular destination in Kenya after Masai Mara) but little is known about Samburu. To fully understand the difference between the two destinations, we’ll look at the following four factors; accessibility, attractions, accommodations, and activities that make the two destinations unique.
There’s no big difference between Amboseli and Samburu when it comes to accessibility since both destinations can be accessed by either road or Air transport. There are daily scheduled flights from Nairobi to either Amboseli or Samburu. Amboseli is the nearest to Nairobi when compared to Samburu. It takes approximately 4 hours to drive to Amboseli while the journey to Samburu takes approximately 5 hours. The best part about driving to the two destinations is that the journey is very scenic and the road is very smooth.
Lion, gazelle, baboons, cheetah, and hyenas are some of the typical wildlife which can be experienced within the two destinations, however, what distinguishes and make the two parks unique from each other include: the concentration of elephants and the amazing view of Mount Kilimanjaro that can be experienced at Amboseli while Samburu, on the other hand, is endowed with ‘Samburu Special Five’ which: Grevy’s Zebras, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, and Gerenuk.
Amboseli has numerous accommodations ranging from budget to high-end (Ol Tukai & Serena Amboseli) when compared to Samburu whose number of accommodation facilities are very small but located within amazing spots at the reserve.
Wildlife viewing, Nature walks, and Bird-watching is the most popular activities within the two parks but the difference between the two destinations includes; cultural visits; whereby guests get to experience the Maasai culture at Amboseli while at Samburu guests are treated to Samburu culture, additional guests can experience camel rides at Samburu, unlike Amboseli.
So between the two destinations, which one do we highly recommend to our guests? The answer is both of them. In fact, the unique differences between the two destinations make it easier for us to recommend to our guests’ itineraries.
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