Crowned by the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park offers one of the most impressive wildlife experiences in the world. Where else would you find yourself gazing at large herds of elephants against the backdrop of Africa’s highest peak? As well as the promise of elephant sightings, you’ve got a good chance of spotting zebras, wildebeests, lions, cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, hyenas and countless birds. In other words, there’s no shortage of exciting animal encounters here.
The diversity of the wildlife at Amboseli is matched by the diversity of the landscapes. From swampy wetlands and lush woodlands to the sprawling savannah and dried-up lake, the park boasts some truly spectacular scenery. It’s no wonder these environments inspired the stories of esteemed writers such as Ernest Hemingway and the well-known naturalist Dr Cynthia Moss, whose books and an award-winning film was based on her study of elephants at Amboseli. One of her most famous subjects was Echo the elephant, who remains one of the most researched mammals in the world.
But it’s not just wildlife and scenery that makes Amboseli one of Kenya's top attractions. On the outskirts of the park are traditional Maasai villages, most of which have remained untouched by modern life. A visit to these villages offers the opportunity to meet these warm and welcoming people and learn about their unique customs and traditions.
Whether you’re spotting wildlife on a safari, admiring the panoramic views of the park from Observation Hill or immersing yourself in the local culture, you can’t help but feel in awe of this breathtaking national park.
With majestic mammals roaming the floors of Amboseli National Park – this abundant wildlife park is a must visit. To see long-necked creatures, head east towards Kimana Gate where giraffes stroll the acacia woodlands. And, from Observation Hill you’ll get panoramic vistas of the park and Mount Kilimanjaro in the resting in the background.
The star attraction of Amboseli National Park are the elephants. The park is renowned for being one of the best places in the world for up-close encounters with these majestic mammals, particularly along the muddy waters of the central swamps. For the best elephant sightings, head to Sinet Causeway, which crosses the Enkongo Narok swamp.
Although sightings of the Big Five are unlikely, don’t be put off. Elephants aside, the grasslands are home to grazing zebras, wildebeest and antelopes, and you might spot the occasional cheetah, lion or hyena skulking around too. To see giraffes, your best bet are the acacia woodlands near the road that heads east towards Kimana Gate. The park is also a haven for bird-watchers, with more than 370 species to spot.
To see the park from a high-up viewpoint, head to Observation Hill. This is one of the only places where you can get out of your safari vehicle and walk around - and trust us when we say the views are astonishing. From the summit, you’ll see Mount Kilimanjaro in the south and the swamps in the east, with herds of animals wandering across the grasslands below.
When you’re all wildlifed-out, there’s the opportunity to visit one of the Maasai villages just outside of the park. Explore the traditional bomas and schools while learning about their age-old farming techniques and how they live in harmony with the surrounding wildlife.
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