Amboseli National Park

Kilimanjaro as seen from Amboseli, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

The snow-capped summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania, as seen from Amboseli National Park, Kenya. 26 March 2011.

Some Iconic Mammals:

African Elephant  Vervet Monkey 

African Elephant, Vervet Monkey (follow thumb-links for more). Outdoor dining areas at the safari camps are noticed by monkeys and baboons. They would gladly swipe your meal items if it weren't for staff armed with slingshots that patrol the perimeter.

Blue Wildebeest  Olive Baboon  Cape Buffalo  Grant's Gazelle 

Blue Wildebeest, Olive Baboon, Cape Buffalo, Grant's Gazelle. Camp and lodge ground perimeters are protected with electrified fence to keep the most dangerous animals from harming visitors. Cape Buffalo can frequently be seen or heard just beyond the fencing, but visitors must not antagonize or approach them regardless.

Thompson's Gazelle  Impala 

Thompson's Gazelle, Impala.

From Nairobi the drive is about 240km to either the west entry gate through Namanga or the east entry gate via Mombasa Road.

Masai Boma at Amboseli, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

The Masai people have been a part of this environment for hundreds of years. A visit to a traditional village is a memorable experience. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. 26 March 2011.

Just below the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro nestled near the border with Tanzania is spectacular Amboseli. Besides fabulous views of Africa's tallest mountain, seeming to float on the horizon, there is abundant wildlife, especially elephants. Lake Amboseli as seen in the maps is largely a seasonal water body, filling during the rainy season and slowly drying with the dry season. Open water gives way to vast plains of marshy areas and tall grasses ideal for herbivores and carnivores alike. Birds move with the changing water conditions taking advantage of prey that becomes concentrated. The hotels and safari camps employ excellent guides to help you explore this natural wonder.

Birds (a sampling of the 400+ possible):

Hoopoe  Little Bee-eater  Speckled Pigeon  Speke's Weaver  African Paradise Flycatcher  Blacksmith Lapwing 

From above left: African Hoopoe, Little Bee-Eater, Speckled Pigeon, Speke's Weaver, African Paradise Flycatcher, Blacksmith Lapwing.

Gray-headed Kingfisher  Helmeted Guineafowl  Hadada Ibis  Common Bulbul  Crowned Plover  Lilac-breasted Roller 

Grey-headed Kingfisher, Helmeted Guineafowl, Hadada Ibis, Common Bulbul, Crowned Plover, Lilac-breasted Roller. Below: Double-banded Courser, Cattle Egret, Squacco Heron.

Double-banded Courser  Cattle Egret  Squacco Heron

More Information:

Kenya Natural History
Reptiles + Amphibians

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