Kilimanjaro’s Royal Court
Amboseli lies North West of Mt. Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. It was established as a reserve in 1968 and Gazetted as a National as a National park in 1974. The park covers 390.26sq.km.and forms part of the much larger 3,000sq.km. Amboseli ecosystem. Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in dry season, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination. It is surrounded by 6 communally owned group ranches.
The National Park embodies 5 main wildlife habitats (open plains acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush land, swamps and marshland and covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry.
Within this basin is a temporary lake, Amboseli, that floods during years of heavy rainfall. Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty-the landscape is dominated by Mount Kilimanjaro and ‘floating’ elephants within the swamps.
What to see
Visit Amboseli National Park for fantastic views of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest Mountain in Africa rising at 5,896m above sea level. Its snowcapped summit dominates the landscape and on a clear day is easily visible during early morning and late afternoon. It is a superb backdrop for wildlife photographs.
The heart of Amboseli woodland of ‘yellow fever trees’ and the doum palm known as ‘Ol Tukai’ by the maasai and Makindu in Swahili. A cool oasis of trees, Ol Tukai is aretreat for wildlife and greatly favoured by elephants.
From the observation hill there is a panoramic view of most of the park and the short climb is worth the effort. It was inhabited many years ago by the hunter-gatherer people-the Ndorobo. Signs and traces of their pottery and implements have been found here giving rise to the Maasai name ‘nomatior,’ the place of pottery.
Herds of Elephants against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro
The park provides a unique habitat for approximately one thousand elephants. Few visitors will go home without superb elephant images beneath Mt Kilimanjaro.