Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, the Amboseli is amongst the richest wildlife areas in Africa. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close, renowned for the large herds of free ranging African elephants - over 900 African elephants.
Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because its vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months.
Amboseli National Park, the second most popular animal park after Maasai Mara, is 260km from Nairobi, on the border with the neighbouring country of Tanzania. Its magnificent situation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya's animals, make it one of the most visited safari parks in Kenya. Amboseli is also renowned for contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle Home to wild animals, which include Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dog, Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine and prolific birdlife features 600 species.