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Amboseli National Park


Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African vast wealth of wildlife. The image of African elephants wandering across grass plains with the snowy peak of Mt Kilimanjaro in the background is one known even to armchair vacationers. This epitomizes Amboseli National Park and highlights the stark contrasts Africa has to offer. It also has a dry Pleistocene lake basin that houses a temporary lake – Lake Amboseli, after the rains.

Amboseli is particularly renowned for its elephants, who may be seen in herds over 100 strong drinking from the surface springs and who are among the most researched and studied elephants in the world. There are so many of them that their desire for pushing down trees is destroying the habitat that sustains them. Big old bull elephants carry some of the largest tusks to be seen anywhere in Africa and is a renowned feature of this park.

In Amboseli's case, it is big skies and far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trammeled by hundreds of animals. It has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's ice cap, which shaft into two clear water springs in the heart of the park.

Besides, blissfully roving the grasslands are buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, impala and warthog while carnivores include lion, leopard, caracal, cheetah, jackal, hyena and serval cat. Birdlife is extremely good and you can expect to see pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers and many types of eagles
Amboseli's dust is ancient volcanic ash, whose salt crystals shimmer on the surface of the parched lakebed during the dry season. This creates hazy mirages which make you question just what is real. That is where the Maa name amboseli validates its real meaning – a place of rolling dust.

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