Zebras & Elephants in harmony at Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Amboseli is one of the most popular parks in Kenya.
The name “Amboseli” means “salty dust” in the local Maasai language. It was declared a UNESCO site in 1991 due to its interesting ecosystem and being one of the best wildlife sites in the world. Due to its sparse vegetation owing to long months between rain, it is easy to view wildlife ranging from lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and of course elephants.
Amboseli is the best place in the world to mingle freely with big tusked elephants. It was even home to Echo, the elephant who died at 65 in 2009 and was the most studied elephant in the world, and a subject of many books and documentaries.
At Amboseli, Africa’s highest point and also the world’s highest freestanding mountain – Mt. Kilimanjaro, looms over the southern boundary. At dawn or dusk when the weather is clear, the mountain stands tall in all its magnificence.
Because of the low-level swamps, Amboseli is popular with birds. You’re guaranteed sightings of both small and massive birds, including the Marabou Stork (apparently the “world’s ugliest-looking bird”), the Kori Bustard and the grey Crownd Crane, all which are large and striking.
The best time to visit Amboseli is January, February and June through September as the other months are rainy and the roads are impassable.