Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
The huge dry plains-acacia woodland – marshes & ironic swamplands of the international biosphere reserve that is Amboseli National Park are habitat to large herds of elephants, wildebeest, zebra and impala and over 400 species of birds including the bee-eater, African fish eagle and pygmy falcon. Amboseli’s bull elephants have some of the major tusks in Africa, and the sight of these wonderful beasts is quite simply awe-inspiring.
At the center of the park lies Observation Hill, from the top of which there are outstanding views over Amboseli’s 400 sq kms of natural beauty. And towering above everything, just across the border in Tanzania, is the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. The unrivalled backdrop of the highest mountain in Africa gives a very special quality to Amboseli, and has made it one of the most popular parks in Kenya.
It is the faultless location to capture those quintessential images and memories of Africa -elephants and lions crossing the plains, cheetah sprinting across great expanses of sparse wilderness, vibrant birdsong in lush acacia forests, and the ever-changing natural light playing on the snow-capped peak