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Visitor Information -- For up-to-date information on the park -- particularly regarding current rain and drought conditions and prevalence of wildlife -- contact the senior warden, P.O. Box 18, 00207, Namanga (tel. 045/62-2250 or -2251; amboselinp@kws.go.ke; www.kws.org).

Getting There -- Driving all the way from either Nairobi or the coast is not recommended. The main route from Nairobi is via Namanga (240km/149 miles), beyond which the remaining stretch of road is badly potholed. It's also possible to travel via Emali (228km/141miles) on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway; from Emali, the remaining 64km (40 miles) is on difficult-but-doable dirt road. The drive from the coast is a full-day affair and definitely to be avoided. Fly instead. Amboseli has a single airstrip for light aircraft in the center of the park. Safarilink (www.safarilink-kenya.com) flies between Amboseli and Nairobi early each morning (either at 7:30 or 8:15am), and the trip takes around 40 minutes. The return flight is at 9:05am. One-way fares are $122 to $131; round-trip $194 to $216. AirKenya (www.airkenya.com) also flies there daily at either 7:30am ($105 one-way) or 8:10am ($105 one-way). Mombasa Air Safari (www.mombasaairsafari.com) flies to Amboseli from Mombasa (via Ukanda; about 1 hr.)

Getting Around -- Amboseli's fairly extensive road network is in a shocking state of disrepair and certainly feasible only for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Many roads are unmanageable during the rains, while during the dry season, the loose volcanic soil makes roads incredibly dusty.

Park Fees -- Entry to Amboseli is by KWS Smartcard only. These cannot be bought or loaded at the park itself; your ground operator can arrange the purchase of your card and load it with sufficient credit to cover your stay. Adults are charged $60 per night; children ages 3 to 18 pay $30.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.