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Amboseli National Park


... in Southeast Kenya is one of the most iconic safari areas in Africa. There are few better known landscapes than the classic image of elephants and giraffes crossing vast open plains against a backdrop of the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli National Park was created in 1974 to protect a number of these marshy areas from increasing agriculture and now provides a dry season haven for an impressive range and density of wildlife. At 392 square kilometres, this is a relatively small national park, but it lies at the core of a much larger 8000 square kilometre ecosystem which straddles the border between Kenya and Tanzania.

This area is largely comprised of undulating grasslands which sustain good populations of wildlife during the Dec/May green season. However during the Jun/Nov dry season these plains become parched and the wildlife is obliged to converge on a network of marshes created by a ring of springs around the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The park has a reputation for being one of the best places in East Africa for viewing elephants, notably some particularly large male 'tuskers'.

Unfortunately Amboseli suffers terribly from high visitor numbers and poor safari tonality, with this being one of the main stops on the classic minibus circuit around Kenya.

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