Today, we are journeying to Amboseli National Park, just 150 miles south of Nairobi, on the Kenya/Tanzania border, at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro (the continent’s highest peak, and the only snowcap in Africa), just a few miles south in Tanzania.
Amboseli is the country’s second-most popular national park, after the Masai Mara, known for its large population of elephants. Mt. Kilimanjaro feeds the ecosystem with vital water sources, even during the dry season, so the entire area is teeming with wildlife.
When to Visit Amboseli
The best time to visit Amboseli are between June and November, during the dry season, when animals will be easy to spot and huddled around water sources. December-February is also pleasant when sporadic showers begin to green up the surroundings; however, March and April tend to bring heavier rains that can hinder your safari. Wildlife will be more difficult to spot, but the region springs to life with greenery and wildflowers, making for dramatic travel photography.
Game Viewing and Wildlife in Amboseli
Amboseli is famous for its large herds of free-ranging elephants, often found bathing, playing, or cooling off in the park’s many swamps. You’ll also find tons of other animal species, including cape buffalo, lions, impalas, cheetahs, black rhinos, jackals, hyenas, warthogs, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest, along with dozens of interesting birds!
Like I said: tons of wildlife!
Home of the Maasai
Amboseli is the land of the Maasai, the most well-recognized tribe of Kenya. Noted for their bright red kangas and their tall, lean frames, the Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe of people, shepherding their herds on the plains, in search of the best pastures. Despite encroachment by development, the Maasai remain strong in their traditions and maintain a proud way of life, as they have for generations. The Maasai are incredibly friendly, warm, and welcoming; however, always ask before taking their photo. Some are okay with it; others prefer not to be photographed.