Not only is Amboseli one of the most popular destinations for safari-goers to Kenya, it also offers some spectacular views of the highest free-standing mountain in the world - Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is home to an abundance of mammals and over 400 species of birds.
The flat and dusty landscape provides good opportunities to see a large variety of wildlife including buffaloes, lions, gazelles, cheetahs, wildebeest, zebras and vast herds of elephants wandering freely.
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Amboseli is world-renowned for its big game and especially for its elephant population, with numbers reaching over a thousand strong. These majestic creatures, some of the largest in all of Africa, can be found wandering freely across the swamps and plains of Amboseli. The longest running study of land mammal behaviour, popularized by research of “Echo” the elephant, is conducted to this day at Amboseli through the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.
In addition to elephants – giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and lions all call the park home. Birders relish Amboseli’s 400 species, ranging from ostrich to flamingo and 47 types of raptor. Thanks to runoff from Mount Kilimanjaro, there are an abundance of watering holes where the animals gather, providing the perfect opportunity for visitors to view the local wildlife in their natural habitat.