Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve covers an area of 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) and sits at the center of an 8,000 km2 (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is made up of open plains, rocky thorny bushes, acacia woodland, swamps, and marshlands. During the dry season, the park is characterized by a dusty layer of ancient volcanic ash which becomes a marshy swamp during the rainy season.
Amboseli National Park offers one of the best opportunities to see wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to long, dry months every year. Inside Amboseli, you will see elephants, Cape buffalos, impalas, lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Masai giraffes, Grant’s zebras, blue wildebeests, and a host of large and small birds.
The park enjoys the backdrop and stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. The melting snow of Mount Kilimanjaro flows underground into the park and feeds water into the springs, swamps, and marshes that support life in the park.