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The Best Lodges in Amboseli National Park for Families

Imagine seeing Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak glistening in the morning sun while herds of elephants march gracefully across the savannah. This is Amboseli National Park, where the natural world unfolds all around you, offering thrilling adventures young and old alike will remember for a lifetime. Here, each day brings new stories to discover, far surpassing any bedtime storybook’s enchantment. A family safari in Kenya is a holiday to be remembered for life, especially when you stay in a lodge catering specifically to family needs. So, follow along as we share our shortlist of favourite places to stay when travelling with the family to Amboseli National Park.

Where the wild roam free, Image Credit: Angama Amboseli

Where Can My Family Stay in Amboseli National Park?

Swap the hotel pool for something more exciting for every family member. Africa has something that few countries have: space, space, and more space. And with plenty of family-friendly lodges that offer unique activities that will give parents the time and space to catch a break (that’s what holidays are for, after all!) and entertaining yet educational activities for the little ones, you can’t go wrong with a family vacation in Africa.

Families can find many fantastic lodges in and around Amboseli National Park, but these four stand out as winning choices, tried and tested by our own Travel Experts.

Precious family time around the campfire

Angama Amboseli

Located on the edge of Amboseli National Park, Angama Amboseli offers an extraordinary safari experience for families. The family suites are designed with families in mind, providing spacious accommodations.

These interconnected family suites offer twin beds, ensuring a perfect family setup. These interconnected family suites offer twin beds, ensuring a perfect family setup that gives you the room to give each other space and come together to bond.

Family Highlights

  • They offer various activities tailored for young explorers, from nature walks to storytelling sessions inspired by nature on your doorstep
  • Complimentary childminding services between 18:00 and 22:00 daily, allowing parents to enjoy quiet dinners while their children learn about nature and make new friends 
  • Guests are encouraged to enjoy early morning safaris in their pyjamas – this is bound to excite the kids
Inspired by elephants, the design encapsulates Angama's style with the same team's playful touch

Inspired by elephants, the design encapsulates Angama’s style, Image Credit: Angama Amboseli

Tortilis Camp

Similarly, Tortilis Camp is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere and exceptional service. Named after the Acacia tortilis woodland, the lodge is located in a private conservancy bordering the national park.

The family tents here are crafted to blend seamlessly with the landscape while offering all the modern comforts you need. The Private House and Family Tent are located slightly apart from the main camp, sharing a pool on a hill for a more private experience.

Family Highlights

  • There are plenty of fun activities like a swimming pool, bush walks, warrior and bush training, and visits to a local school to keep children happy
  • Lace up and join local Maasai warriors for a walk as they share insights about the plants, wildlife, and Maasai traditions, including Maasai jewellery-making
  • They offer flexible dining times and children-specific menus for the younger family members
Luxury tented suite boasting a grand thatch roof, exquisite stone flooring and plenty of space

All suites have a verandah offering magnificent views of the Mount Kilimanjaro, Image Credit: Tortilis Camp

Ol Tukai Lodge

Ol Tukai Lodge offers a charming, contemporary retreat within Amboseli National Park. The lodge’s family-friendly accommodation includes well-appointed chalets with private terraces that provide uninterrupted views of the park or Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Kibo Villa, in particular, is perfect for families, featuring three bedrooms, a comfortable lounge, a dining room, and a large veranda for outdoor relaxation. 

Family Highlights

  • They provide hours of daily fun at the dedicated kids’ section, where children can learn and play with others
  • The main restaurant has nightly-themed dinners for the whole family to enjoy  
  • Other fun family activities include Maasai dancing and cultural teachings
Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best lodges in Amboseli National Park for families

Escape to Africa with the family, Image Credit: Ol Tukai Lodge

Ol Donyo Lodge

Ol Donyo Lodge combines luxury with adventure, making it a fantastic choice for families with children older than five. The lodge features stylish and comfortable accommodation, ensuring a relaxing stay with stunning views.

All the suites are unique and have their own plunge pool and star beds. The two-bedroom Sambu Suit is particularly designed with families in mind, or opt for the “villa”, which are two connected suites perfect for families with older teenagers.

Family Highlights

  • They cater for children with activities like horseback riding and bush walks, where they can immerse themselves in the wonders of the African wilderness
  • .The newly enhanced sunken hide also offers guests (young and old) the opportunity to spend the day or even stay overnight alongside the waterhole
  • Introduce children to the bush for the first time with the Young Explorers Programme, designed for children older than five
Sleep out under the stars

Sleep out under the stars, Image Credit: Ol Donyo Camp

What Wildlife Can My Family See While on Safari in Amboseli National Park?

Amboseli National Park is one of the best places to see vast herds of elephants marching single-file across dusting pans or bathing in the dry riverbeds. Watch these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat and create memories that will last a lifetime. You can see four out of the Big 5 – lion, buffalo, and leopard – along with other animals such as zebra, cheetah, wildebeest, giraffe, and incredible bird species. 

Encounter the last genetic links to Africa’s super tusker elephants, that enter the park along a centuries-old migratory path and stroll through the fever tree forests.

Hup, two, three, four

The Benefits of Taking Children on Safari

Taking your children on safari is more than just a vacation – it’s an educational journey that opens their eyes to the wonders of the natural world. It fosters a sense of curiosity and respect for wildlife, teaching them about conservation and the delicate balance of ecosystems.

There’s nothing quite like seeing the wonders of the wild through the eyes of a child. Imagine the stories they’ll share with friends back home, inspired by the real-life adventures they’ve experienced.

Wilderness Playground: un safari familiar en África y qué esperar

Better than any storybook version

Ready For Your Family Adventure in Amboseli National Park?

A family safari in Amboseli National Park offers a unique blend of luxury and adventure. Choosing lodges that cater to families ensures an unforgettable experience for everyone. 

Speak to our Travel Experts to start planning your family safari experience. So pack your bags and channel your inner Mowgli because the whole family is going to Kenya!

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