AA Lodge Amboseli served as the accommodations for two nights at Amboseli National Park. It is located two miles (4 km) from the park’s Kimana Gate. Lamara Tourism selected this lodge as part of an all-inclusive eight-day visit to four national parks in Kenya. This post is the next chapter in the series about that African adventure.
The lodge occupies about 60 landscaped acres. In certain places Mount Kilimanjaro is visible through the trees. The hotel offers lodging in cottages and tents. I was booked in one of the cottages.
Similar to AA Maasai Mara Lodge, the lobby, restaurant and bar are located in separate buildings at the front of the property and the cottages and tents are spread out over grounds in the rear. Check in was fast and easy because I was with a tour. There was no need to run a credit card, show ID, or talk about an upgrade. The clerk gave me a key, sated the times for breakfast and dinner, and I was on my way. After nine hours on the road, the efficiency was most appreciated.
The lobby has a gift shop that sells souvenirs, clothing and personal items that guests might need during their stay.
Outdoor walkways connect the check-in area to the cottages and tents. After check in, a porter accompanied me to my cottage.
There are directional signs on the paths. Still I managed to have difficulty finding my cottage at night a couple of times. And no alcohol was involved.
My cottage had a porch and was about the size of a typical three-star hotel room. The porch was a good place to sit in the evening for a few minutes. Like Maasai Mara, mosquitos were not a problem here surprisingly.
The room was furnished with a king-sized bed with a mosquito net canopy, wardrobe with safe and slippers, reading table, sitting area and tea/coffee service.
The bathroom included (shower gel/shampoo/conditioner) amenities and a walk-in shower.
The only thing I didn’t like about the room was that you needed a key to get out.
The restaurant was very similar to the one at AA Maasai Mara Lodge. There were only a handful of guests — enough for the restaurant to offer a buffet. It was very convenient and there was no bill unless I ordered an alcoholic beverage.
The basic meals were satisfying and very similar to the fare at AA Maasai Mara Lodge. Having good food at the lodge was important because there were no alternatives.
Other Services and Facilities
AA Lodge Amboseli has a swimming pool, spa with massage services, and wifi in common areas. The drive from Nairobi takes about four hours, or a flight to Amboseli Airstrip takes 35 minutes.
AA Lodge Amboseli’s location makes it a great base for safaris in Amboseli National Park. My cottage was comfortable and in line with my expectations for a moderately priced tour. One improvement I’d suggest is having wifi in the cottages.
The next part in this series will cover the safaris in Amboseli. Enjoy the weekend!