The name is derived from the Maasai word meaning "salty dust". This is a perfect description for this Kenyan gem. Not to be outdone by the Mara, Amboseli has its own charm. Due to its diversity and abundance of birdlife, plains' game and dramatic changes in vegetation it has been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. With Kilimanjaro's snow-capped peak as the backdrop, this national park is a photographer's bucket list location and it will keep you looking for that next "wow" moment.
Amboseli is home to some of the largest tuskers and elephant herds in Kenya. Fed and sustained by the waters of Kili, the marsh area is a real highlight as hundreds of elephants submerge and feast on the vegetation allowing you an elevated view of Africa's largest mammals. You can watch the daily migration of elephants as they move across the plains to warmer areas to bed down for the night. These are really some of the most relaxed elephants we have come across on the continent and this sense of calm seems to transfer to visitors.
With over 400 species of birds, Amboseli will convert you into a bird lover if you're not one already. The marsh area attracts numerous wetlands' birds and the pink lake is a sight to behold with its pinkish haze created by the lesser and greater flamingos that have taken up residence in the water bodies during the wet seasons.
The combination of dirt roads and wetland areas mean that the long rainy season (April/ May) make movement difficult. The rest of the year always has something to offer though – summer migrants increase the variety of birds but the peak season coincides well with that of Mara (July – October).