Amboseli National Park is a place of superlatives, and a place of contrasts. On your game drives there’ll be new vistas around each bend in the track, from dry, fossil lake bed to verdant swamp. And of course, Africa’s highest mountain towers over Amboseli; indeed, the only thing that prevents Mount Kilimanjaro from completely stealing the show is the vast array of wildlife around.
Most notable is the park’s elephant, as Amboseli is one of the best places in Kenya – if not the world – to see these free-ranging giants at close quarters. Viewing elephant against the impressive backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro is a sight you’ll never forget. Certainly, the shots I have of this iconic scene have pride of place in my safari-photo collection.
Thanks to the pioneering efforts of conservationist Cynthia Moss, the elephant population here is one of the best understood in Africa. You can visit the Amboseli Elephant Research Project and learn more about the annual elephant migration, plus hear the story of Echo, the iconic matriarch and documentary film star. The ongoing research has really put Amboseli on the map, and made it a must-visit destination on any luxury Kenya safari itinerary.
Just like the elephant, you can explore Amboseli on foot with your guide on a walking safari. Bush breakfasts and bush sundowners let you enjoy the best parts of the day in style – you may be in the wild, but welcome touches of luxury are never far away if you stay at a nearby luxury lodge. Whether it’s a campfire breakfast or a G&T, some things just taste better in Africa!