Amboseli is most famous for its elephant population; over 1000 live in the park’s fragile eco-system, and records show them to be amongst some of the biggest elephants in Africa.
The huge bulk of Mount Kilimanjaro, soaring 5,985 metres above the game-filled plains, provides a stunning backdrop, particularly at dawn.
Amboseli is also renowned for its range of big game, including lion and cheetah, and as an added bonus the park’s even terrain means that wildlife is particularly easy to see and to photograph. The park is home to more than 50 mammal species including herds of zebra, wildebeest and their predators. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here amongst them waterfowl, around the park’s marshy areas, pelican, flamingo, ostrich and over 47 species of raptor.
Covering an area of 392 square kilometres the park lies northwest of Kilimanjaro, close to the Tanzanian border and mostly at an altitude of above 1,180 metres.
Amboseli is surrounded by a much larger reserve, in which the Masai live and raise their cattle, offering visitors the opportunity to meet the Masai people and see their timeless way of life.
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