If you have ever seen an image of an elephant framed against the backdrop of a snow-capped mountain, chances are you’ve seen a snapshot of Amboseli National Park.
Found at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, Amboseli is a blend of grassy plains, acacia woodland, swamps, marshes and rocky thorn bush. Hot and dry for most of the year, it offers incredible game viewing as sparse vegetation offers minimal cover for wildlife. The Big Five and typical African fauna – antelope, cheetah, wildebeest, hyena and a host of other African wildlife – wander this russet and gold savannah.The dry landscape belies an abundance of water. Underground streams spring to the surface in the centre of the game reserve, providing a water source where game can drink and bathe.
Over 900 free-ranging elephant have been known to kick up some dust in the park and Amboseli is also home to the Maasai people. Tall and graceful, this ancient culture, largely preserved from outside influence, is easily identified by their bright red robes and their regal disposition.
You will be spoilt for choice for accommodation in Amboseli. Private conservancy areas offer warm, African hospitality in laid-back camps, luxury game lodges and luxury tented camps – each uniquely situated, each uniquely different.
Amboseli: Kenya’s high point and definitely a highlight for visitors.