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Amboseli National Park

Mageso Chember, Mazzanine Floor | Moi Avenue, Amboseli National Park 4139 _00200, Kenya
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Owner description: Amboseli National Park is a photographer's paradise thanks to the abundant wildlife such as lions, cheetahs, rhinos, and buffalo roaming under the... more » Owner description: Amboseli National Park is a photographer's paradise thanks to the abundant wildlife such as lions, cheetahs, rhinos, and buffalo roaming under the shadows of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak. With its large concentration of African elephants, Amboseli National Park is a fantastic choice for a truly breathtaking camping safari, in front of the world's finest photographic backdrop.Day 1 Amboseli National ParkDepart early from Nairobi, venturing south to the famed Amboseli National Park. Stop at your camp to enjoy lunch before beginning your safari in search of lions, elephants, rhino, and other large game, with "Kili" providing the ultimate photo backdrop.Venture south to the famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop. Amboseli covers only 392 sq km, though despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem the park supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species). After lunch at your safari camp, spend the afternoon criss-crossing the park in seach of lions, buffaloes, elephants, rhino, cheetah, and of course the photo of a lifetime.A part of the park is composed of a dried-up lake bed which in the shimmering heat produces mirages. Swamps and springs, fed by underground rivers fromsafari camp, form permanent watering places for the wildlife through times of drought. The snows of Kilimanjaro form a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya's most spectacular displays of wildlife creating Kenya's most sought after photographer's paradise. The park's best game drives are around the swamps and there is a fine lookout on Observation Hill which offers views over the whole of the park and beyond.Years ago this was the locale around which such famous writers as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark spun their stories of big-game hunting in the wilds of Africa. In addition, the park that has been made famous by Cynthia Moss, the noted American naturalist and author who has one of the longest-running studies on elephants. You might even see some of the elephants that Cynthia has immortalized in her many books and award-winning film Echo of the Elephants.Day 2 Amboseli National ParkThis is your full day to enjoy Africa at its best - countless wildlife encounters through open plains spotted with flat-topped acacia trees. Before returning to camp, stop at a traditional Masai village for an optional visit to learn about the local Masai culture.This is your full day to enjoy Africa at its best - countless wildlife encounters through open plains spotted with flat-topped acacia trees. Before returning to your safari camp in the evening, stop at a traditional "Manyatta" (Masai village) for an optional visit to learn about the local Masai culture.Part of Maasailand, Amboseli National Park is thus the home of the Masai people, those tall, proud nomads whose legendary prowess in battle and single handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals has spread across the globe. Perhaps more than any other community in Kenya, the Masai have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment, and coexist and thrive together with the wildlife that surrounds them. The park is surrounded by Manyatta quickly built out of bent poles and sticks and plastered with cow dung and equally swiftly abandoned when the grazing is finished and the herds must move on.Day 3 Amboseli National ParkRise early for a final morning game drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the afternoon, where your safari ends. Rise early for a final morning game drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Amboseli plain. Return to Nairobi in the afternoon « less
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Darien, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Cynthia Moss, the renowned elephant researcher has been studying elephants for 42 years from her base in Amboseli. We were lucky to meet her and have her share her observations on elephants- a huge highlight of our visit to Africa this year!

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Doha
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Amoseli is famous for it's elephants , birds, zebras, giraffe and few lions. You can have a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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Torquay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It was wonderful to see so many elephants, of course, but we were also fortunate to see lions and most of the other 'residents' as well. Kilimanjaro just barely showed her face (or top) a couple of times, but we've been fortunate to see 'her' on a previous trip.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We visited the park in mid August and I was dissapointed by the small number of Elephants to be seen having heard that this park was THE place for them. It could be due to the dry conditions or some other valid reason. Those we saw were close up and majestic. Toilet facilities are at the entrance. Be prepared for... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We especially loved intercepting the elephants on their way to the water. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

excellent views of Mount Kilmanjaro at certain times of the year. ..big herds of relaxed elephant & hippo ....good bird life

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

some of the best varieties and abudance of animals we had seen so far. Great shots with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Although this park is not near the other national parks, if you would like to see herds of elephants, this is the place to go, with Mt Kilmanjaro in the background. I have spend at least 2 hours on two big groups going home before sunset.

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Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Beautiful and the only park in kenya to witness the huge herds of elephants in the open plains. One has to be really lucky to view mt kilmanjaro though. As most of the time it is cloud cast and covered with mist. Sand and dusty everywhere. Most of the game happens near the swamp. Don't miss out to watch the... More

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Davis, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Since "Amboseli" translates to something like "fine gray dust", I guess it isn't a surprise that it was dusty. Not bad, though. This is a "national park" so there is a fence around the boundary. That is good and bad. Good in that it keeps wandering cow herds out (although the Masai are allowed to bring herds in periodically when... More

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