Amboseli National Park is tusker heaven. Herds of truly magnificent elephants dominate its flat plains and wallow in its marshes.
This is without doubt the ultimate place to get up close for your best-ever photographs of these majestic beasts – with the perfect backdrop of Kilimanjaro, with its wreath of clouds, adding the final ‘wow’ (or rather, WOW!) factor. The world’s highest freestanding mountain may be just over the Tanzanian border but Amboseli delivers the best views of Kilimanjaro.
This is one of the easiest places to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino. Renowned researcher Cynthia Moss followed the elephant matriarch Echo and her herd here for four decades. The relative aridity of the park means that the grasses do not grow as long here as in other parks, allowing visitors fantastic views of African mammals and of birds like the Kori bustard, the world’s largest flying bird, and the spectacular crested crane. Observation Hill has 360˚ views of the plains for long-distance game spotting. Big cats abound, as do gazelles and zebras. The cool mud of the marshes attracts elephants while hippos roam the waterways. The mix of marsh and grassland brings an astonishing variety of birds to the park. Climb Observation Hill in the middle of the park and enjoy panoramic views. Outdoor boards provide information on the park’s flora, fauna and geography of the park.
Wildlife meanders at will between the park and the conservancies, owned by the local pastoralist communities whose cattle herds wander this buffer zone. Traditional hunters of the Big Five and their smaller brethren, the Masai work in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service to protect this wilderness for the benefit of their communities.
Amboseli National Park