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Kenya

Amboseli National Park

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Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve sits in the shadow of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

A photographer’s paradise, the national park is crowned by the majestic Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa which looms over the plains and provides a picturesque backdrop to the abundant wildlife. The 151-square mile park encompasses five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, swampy wetlands with sulfur springs, the savannah, rocky thorn bush, and acacia woodlands. The name Amboseli means salty dust in the local Maasai language. It has a dry Pleistocene lake basin that houses a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, after the rains. Though the climate here is typically hot and dry.

While a wide array of animals call the park home, it is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to over 900 free-ranging, big-tusked elephants, earning it the nickname ‘the land of giants’. Due to long dry months and sparse vegetation, the park offers an excellent opportunity to see cape buffaloes, impala, Masai lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas Masai giraffes, plains zebras, and blue wildebeest among other African animals roam the plains. It’s also home to over 370 bird species. The park works diligently to protect its wildlife and imposes the following rules: never get out of the vehicle except at designated spots, don’t harass the animals, no off-road driving, and the animals always have the right of way. After all they were here first.

Day trips can be arranged from Nairobi including game drives for excellent views of Masaai giraffes, elephants,jackals, civets,lions, hyenas, and cheetahs, as well as olive baboons and black-face vervet monkeys. The swamps are a veritable bird-watcher’s paradise, with possible sightings including grey-crowned cranes, superb starlings, beautiful sunbird, secretary bird, and several more of the 425-feathered resident and migratory species. Other attractions to the park include meeting the local Maasai people who call this area home and follow their ancient traditions and tend to their precious cattle. Observation Hill is the perfect location for sundowners, and the stunning sunsets are not to missed by photographers. There are a variety of modest and luxury safari lodges within the vicinity for a longer stay under the shadow of the mighty Kilimanjaro.

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Kenya

Amboseli National Park

PLAN MY TRIP

Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve sits in the shadow of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

A photographer’s paradise, the national park is crowned by the majestic Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa which looms over the plains and provides a picturesque backdrop to the abundant wildlife. The 151-square mile park encompasses five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, swampy wetlands with sulfur springs, the savannah, rocky thorn bush, and acacia woodlands. The name Amboseli means salty dust in the local Maasai language. It has a dry Pleistocene lake basin that houses a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, after the rains. Though the climate here is typically hot and dry.

While a wide array of animals call the park home, it is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to over 900 free-ranging, big-tusked elephants, earning it the nickname ‘the land of giants’. Due to long dry months and sparse vegetation, the park offers an excellent opportunity to see cape buffaloes, impala, Masai lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas Masai giraffes, plains zebras, and blue wildebeest among other African animals roam the plains. It’s also home to over 370 bird species. The park works diligently to protect its wildlife and imposes the following rules: never get out of the vehicle except at designated spots, don’t harass the animals, no off-road driving, and the animals always have the right of way. After all they were here first.

Day trips can be arranged from Nairobi including game drives for excellent views of Masaai giraffes, elephants,jackals, civets,lions, hyenas, and cheetahs, as well as olive baboons and black-face vervet monkeys. The swamps are a veritable bird-watcher’s paradise, with possible sightings including grey-crowned cranes, superb starlings, beautiful sunbird, secretary bird, and several more of the 425-feathered resident and migratory species. Other attractions to the park include meeting the local Maasai people who call this area home and follow their ancient traditions and tend to their precious cattle. Observation Hill is the perfect location for sundowners, and the stunning sunsets are not to missed by photographers. There are a variety of modest and luxury safari lodges within the vicinity for a longer stay under the shadow of the mighty Kilimanjaro.