The combination of scenery, people and animals is what makes the Amboseli National Park so fascinating. Beautifully situated at the foot of the towering Mt. Kilimanjaro, it the home of the brightly painted Masai Tribe. Here you can see lions, cheetahs, hyenas as well as Gnus, buffaloes, zebras and herds of elephants. All these animals come to drink at water holes consisting of small lakes or muddy ponds kept filled up by water from the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. The northern Lake Amboseli contains water only after rain
Amboseli National Park is situated just over 150 Kms from Nairobi. This is a 392 Sq. Kms (149 Sq. Miles) of swamps and plains country inside a 3,260 sq km reserve all dominated by the snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro. It is about 3,500 ft above sea level.
Before the 1,235 sq miles of the Amboseli Game Reserve had their most vital 149 sq miles designated as a National Park, the Masai shared the area with the game which they seldom kill for meat, being preoccupied with their cattle. But there wasn't enough pasture for both and under an agreement with the government, the Masai moved after a pipeline had been constructed to bring them water outside the park. Lake Amboseli though blue on maps, is a dry bed of soda most of the year and even produces mirages like a desert. A road cuts across it but the Loginya and other swamps remain wet, attracting large herds of Elephant and Buffalo who migrate to them during the dry season. Amboseli protects herds of Kongoni, Eland, Oryx, Wildebeest, Gazelle and Zebra. Of the cat family are the Caracal, cheetah, Civet Cat, Leopard, Lion and Serval Cat though sometimes hard to spot them. The Rhino, formerly famous, have been all but poached almost to extinction. Accommodation is available at: Amboseli Serena Lodge, Amboseli Lodge, Kilimanjaro Safari Lodge, Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge among other newest lodges and eco-tented camps.