The Amboseli National Park’s ecosystem is mainly savannah grassland spread across the Kenya–Tanzania border, and also comprises of forested areas around some of its rivers and lakes. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species.
Situated 140km south of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second most popular wildlife area in Kenya, famous for its large aggregations of elephants numbering over 1,600 at times. Amboseli is also well-known for its scenic beauty with a backdrop of the world’s highest free-standing mountain, the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.
Amboseli National Park covers 392km², which constitutes less than 5% of the entire 8,100 km ecosystem of the Amboseli basin crossing from Kenya into Tanzania.
The lush green wetlands in this otherwise dry area make Amboseli National Park one of the best wildlife-viewing areas on the planet, attracting over 600 species of birds including pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops and 47 types of raptors as well as the African elephant, cape buffalo, impala, hyena, giraffe, zebra, gazelle and wildebeest with lion and cheetah among the big cats that roam the area.
Most Amboseli lodges are based in the middle of the National Park (or outside the eastern gate) and so the majority of visitors only game drive within 10% of the park.