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“Amazing!” 5 of 5 stars
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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 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
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Amboseli is, contrary to other opinion, an amazing place. Seeing Mt Kilimanjaro at breakfast was so humbling and mind blowing. Seeing a herd of Elephants walk past so close you literally touch them. Following Giraffe down long winding paths was great. A wilderness with awe inspiring scenery!

Visited April 2012
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“Stay until the last second!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We were on our way back to our lodge when hundreds of elephants were trekking back to the tree area for the night. It is the most incredible sight I have ever seen. Elephants and elephants. I was worried that the drought would still have an adverse affect on the population, but this was a true marvel. Elephants as far as you could see. We didn't want to leave, but our driver stayed until the last second. We made if off the road with 2 minutes to spare, (the roads close and we were told that large fines could be levied as well as the driver losing their license) but what a treat. We had a good time the rest of the day, seeing hippos, ostriches and a mother cheetah with her almost grown cub. But the very end with the lines of elephants was truly the amazing sight to see.

Visited February 2013
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“We enjoyed the game drives”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This was my 2nd trip to this Park & i still loved it. Its a very convinient drive from nairobi, around 4 hours. Saw lots of Elephants, Ostriches, Hippos amongst other wildlife...we got very lucky & saw 3 cheetahs drinking water from a stream & later slowly strolled away. We were also chased by a bull elephant..or maybe it was playing. It didnt seem very aggressive. Generally we enjoyed all our game drives. The view of Kilimanjaro was lovely in the mornings n evenings.

Visited February 2013
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“stay until the last possible minute before dark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

park closes at dark. we were probably the last vehicle out and it afforded us incredible, truly incredible lighting and sunsets for pictures.

Visited December 2012
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“Mt Kili and elephants!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Spectacular views of Mt Kilimanjaro - the worlds tallest free standing mountain n the world! Tuskers abound as marching herds, playing in the swamps which are fed by underground streams. A lovely gazebo in the middle of the park is a lovely vantage point for photos and picnics!

Visited August 2012
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