Amboseli National Park is 260 km (160 mi) south of Nairobi, on the Kenya and Tanzania border. It is most famous for its spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. A system of swamps makes this low-rainfall area one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world. The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation. Noted in particular for its large elephant herds, Amboseli is the third most visited game area in Kenya after Masai Mara and Nakuru.
Amboseli is located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro – This is Africa’s highest mountain – whose peak lies across the border in Tanzania. Early morning you will be able to see the snow capped Kilimanjaro standing tall above the clouds. There is a wide variety of animal species and no wonder Amboseli national park is a haven for photography enthusiast. This area is home to many Maasai communities, centered around the Amboseli National Park. The park is home to more than just Elephants, and herds of wildebeest, zebra and impala graze on the open plains… There are areas of acacia forest that make for good birding, and are home to many small mammals. Cheetahs are also often sighted here. The park is centered around a large hill, with fantastic views of the surrounding plains, often crossed by whirlwinds that send winding columns of dust into the sky. The waters from melted snow drain down the mountain under lava flows and surface on the Amboseli plains, creating a green belt of swampland amidst dusty plains.