Amboseli National Park – Home of the African Elephant
Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
t 392 square kilometers (151 sq. miles) Amboseli is not a large park, but that is part of its charm. The smaller size also creates more of a concentration of wildlife and thus, easier viewing.
The park is situated northwest of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the Kenya/Tanzania border. It’s relatively close to the beaches of the Kenya Coast and can easily be a 1-day safari for those who wish a quick getaway.