This conservation area lies immediately north-west of Mount Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The Park covers 392 square km, and forms part of the much larger 3,000 square km Amboseli ecosystem. Crowned by Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Africa’s most popular parks, Its 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.
Amboseli has over 80 different mammals to be found ranging from the tiny (and rarely seen) spectacled elephant shrew to the huge bulk of the African elephant. Few visitors will go home without superb elephant pictures with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. The park’s observation Hill allows for a breathtaking bird’s view of the whole park, especially the swamps, whose usual residents include elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowl such as flamingo, pelican and Egyptian geese which are part of over 400 bird species that are found here.
While Amboseli is famous for hosting nearly 1,000 free-ranging Elephants, plenty of other wildlife can also be found in the park, such as lion, cheetah, the elusive leopard, herds of wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, hyena and antelope. Amboseli is also home to the Maasai people and during our Safaris, we always recommend an educational excursion to a traditional Maasai village to learn more about this amazingly preserved culture and tradition.