Amboseli National Park
Amboseli is characterized by far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trammelled by hundreds of animals. It has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap, which funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park.
However, the climatic pendulum can swing from drought to flood, and in the early 1990′s ceaseless rain changed Amboseli into a swamp. A few years later the rains failed and the grass-covered plains turned to dust. Amboseli’s dust is ancient volcanic ash, whose salt crystals shimmer on the surface of the parched lakebed during the dry season. This creates hazy mirages which make you question just what is real.
Surrounding Amboseli are ranch areas where the Maasai share the land with the wildlife. Wild animals tends to avoid the village areas as it there are far too many people and the grazing has already been eaten by the Maasai’s all-important cattle.
This park is renowned for its elephants, which may be seen in herds drinking from the surface springs. There are so many of them that their penchant for pushing down trees is destroying the habitat that sustains them. Big old bull elephants carry some of the largest tusks to be seen anywhere in Africa and is a renowned feature of this park.
Also happily roaming the grasslands are buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, impala and warthog. Attendant carnivores include lion, leopard, caracal, cheetah, jackal, and hyena.
Birdlife is extremely good and you can expect to see pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers and many types of eagles.