Amboseli is most famous for its elephant population; over 1,000 live in the park’s fragile eco-system, and records show them to be amongst some of the biggest elephants in Africa.
The park is also home to more than 50 other mammal species, including lion and cheetah, plus herds of zebra, wildebeest and their predators. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here, amongst them pelican, flamingo, ostrich and over 47 species of raptor.
The park’s even terrain means that wildlife is particularly easy to see and to photograph, and the huge bulk of Mount Kilimanjaro, soaring 5,985 metres above the wildlife-filled plains, provides a stunning backdrop, particularly at dawn.
Covering an area of 392 square kilometres, Amboseli National Park lies northwest of Kilimanjaro, close to the Tanzanian border and mostly at an altitude of above 1,180 metres. The park is surrounded by a several Masai communities, offering a great opportunity to meet the Masai people and see their timeless way of life.
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