Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro,Africa’s highest peak,the Amboseli National Reserve is one of the most popular parks in Kenya.The name amboseli means “salty dust” an apt description of the parks parched conditions.Amboseli’s dusty conditions came about as a result of the ancient volcanic eruptions on Mount Kilimanjaro which later turned into ash.

The park covers a mere 392 kilometres(244miles) despite its small size and the fragility of it’s ecosystem,it still manages to house more than 650 elephants,400 species of prolific birds,hundreds of wildebeest,zebras ,Impala and if lucky you will also see the endangered black Rhino aswell as the elusive Cheetah.damara-zebra-equus-burchelli-mutual-260nw-746307739DSC02956Elephants_at_Amboseli_national_park_against_Mount_Kilimanjaroamboseli-national-parkAmboseli is easily accessible since Jomo Kenyatta is 240kilometres south east of Nairobi close to the border of Tanzania.This is the only place a tourist can explore five different habitats ranging from the dried up bed of lake Amboseli,wetlands with sulphur springs,the savannah and woodlands.One can also visit the maasai community who share the park with the wildlife and get to learn their authentic culture.

With its rugged landscape and the romantic, mystical atmosphere of the great mountain looming above, it is no wonder that Amboseli inspired the big-game-hunting tales of Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark.The presence of Mount Kilimanjaro creates a unique selection of ecosystem found nowhere else on earth.

The best time to visit the park is during summer,atleast during the dry season you will be able to tour the park and see the beautiful wildlife and nature found in the park without worrying bout the heavy rainfall that is mostly experienced in that part of the country.The climatic pendulum can swing from draught to flood,in the 1990’s ceaseless rain changed Amboseli into a swamp.Afew years later the rains failed and the grass-covered plains turned into dust.The park is sorrounded by Maasai community who live there and always put up a fence around their homes which are also called “manyattas”in their native language,to protect themselves from the wildlife.Various sprigs,swamps and marshes in the park provide havens for the wildlife.



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