AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Amboseli National park, now Amboseli National Reserve is located near mountain Kilimanjaro (which is the highest mountain in Africa), on the border of Tanzania. Amboseli was established as a reserve in 1968 and gazetted as a National Park in 1974.It covers only 392 sq km but despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem it has large concentrations of wildlife even in the dry season, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination. It has over 50 of the larger species, including lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs and buffalos and over 400 bird species.
The Amboseli is a home of the Masaai though they live outside the park's boundaries. The Massai have been living in the area in harmony with nature for over 400 years. With their long and slender bodies, their proud and hieratic faces, their colored clothes and their plated and red-stained hair, the Maasai are a visually pleasant motif for the photographer.
Amboseli National Reserve has a dried-up lake-bed that produces mirages when the weather is so hot. The underground rivers from Mount Kilimanjaro melting snows fed the swamps and springs which in turn form permanent watering places for the wildlife through times of drought. Thus the Park's best game runs are around the swamps and there is a fine lookout on Observation Hill which offers views over the whole of the Park and beyond.
Amboseli National Park has 36 traditional cottages & 76 modern accommodation units all well spaced in beautiful gardens. Rooms are self contained and are surrounded by an electric fence. It also has a Swimming pool with full view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Traditional Masai dances that perform at night, a main restaurant and 2 Bars.