Everything about Amboseli is big. It’s a land of giants, of vast dry plains where the horizons seem limitless, of huge herds of elephants and, most impressive giant of all, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. This magnificent, snow-capped mountain lies just over the border in Tanzania, but the most impressive views of its icy peak are to found in Amboseli. The sight of Kilimanjaro high above herds of game crossing the plains of Amboseli is a timeless African image.Amboseli is big. It is a land of giants, of vast dry plains where the horizons seem limitless, of huge herds of elephants and, most impressive giant of all, Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
The park is home to more than just elephants; herds of wildebeest, zebra, and impala graze on the open plains and predators such as lions, cheetah, and hyenas are often sighted here.
What to see:
The swamps are a center of activity for elephants, hippos, buffaloes, and the surrounding flat grasslands are home to grazing antelopes. Spotted hyenas are plentiful, and jackals, warthog, olive baboons, and vervet monkeys all occur.
At Normatior (observation hill), you can revel at the expanse of the park and also marvel at the herds of elephants raising dust as they cross the plains to drink and feed at the swamp, while the long-necked gerenuk is common just outside the park.
In and near the marshes African jacanas are abundant, and you’ll typically find several species of heron, such as squacco, grey, Goliath and black-headed, plus great white egrets, glossy ibises, Egyptian geese, and blacksmith and spur-winged plovers. Then list varies with the seasons and includes saddle-billed storks, white-faced whistling-ducks, African fish eagles, little egrets, red-billed teal and the migratory purple heron and flamingoes.
Amboseli is one of only two places where you can see the Taita golden weaver.