Amboseli National Park
Located in Kajiado County, Amboseli National park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
The park is 392 km2 in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometres ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.
In Amboseli’s case it is big skies and far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trampled by hundreds of animals.
Amboseli has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap, which funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park.
However, the climatic pendulum can swing from drought to flood, and in the early 1990’s ceaseless rain changed Amboseli into a swamp. A few years later the rains failed and the grass-covered plains turned to dust.
The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation.
Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. Amboseli National Park is home to many species, including elephants, Cape buffaloes, impala, lions, spotted hyenas, Maasai giraffes, plain zebras and wildebeests among other African animals. There is also a host of Kenyan birds, both large and small.