At the foot of the legendary snow-capped Kilimanjaro in the southern part of Kenya’s. In 1972, the Amboseli was officially declared with an area of 392 km2 National Park. The southern border of the park is also the border with Tanzania and the average altitude is 1100 m above sea level. M.
Kilimanjaro, with 5896 m the highest mountain in Africa, is the dominant element. The Amboseli lake with an area of 10 km to 16 km is the dry most of the year and only after heavy, heavy rainfall is a real lake forms. Near the lake you can hear and lawns merging into thorn bush savannah. Underground water, coming from Kilimanjaro, is responsible for the different swampy areas which are in turn surrounded by acacia forests.
Large herds of elephants, about 800 of the gray giants live in Amboseli. Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, impala, wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, giraffe and warthog. Spotted hyenas, jackals, lions, cheetahs, leopards, rhinos and hippos.
From the Amboseli photos, everyone brings immediately in conjunction with Kenya originate; lions, a herd of elephants or giraffes and some of Kilimanjaro in the background. The opportunities to shoot those shots himself offers in the early morning hours.
A very special and fascinating experience a balloon ride. Just before sunrise the balloon rising into the air for 1 hour, and unique and can enjoy wonderful views. The direction and the amount is determined by the wind. After landing a delicious champagne breakfast is served in the middle of the savannah. No discount, for a unique experience!
No Hollywood studio can make a beautiful backdrop for a safari, as it offers the Amboseli National Park: While elephants, zebras and buffalos graze in the flat savannah, shines in the background of the snow-capped summit of the mighty Kilimanjaro. The 400-square kilometer area of Amboseli is one of the protected areas with the densest concentration of wildlife in East Africa. Elephants in Amboseli NationalparkDie animals find above all in the vicinity of the numerous lakes and marshes throughout the year sufficient food. Here grow papyrus in the dry plains prevail thorn bushes and acacia forests. The soil consists of fine volcanic dust that comes from, now part of Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro volcano. This fine dust gave the park its name because Amboseli is the Maasaiwort for “Salty Dust”. Located in the West Lake Amboseli already wiped out 10,000 years ago, and is also called “dust bowl” = dust bowl. Only after heavy rains fills the lake for a short time. Otherwise, you can cross it with the car. Here we meet only occasionally lives because of the salt-encrusted soil no plants thrive. If a gust of wind stirs up dust plumes in this gray wasteland, the area looks almost ghostly.
The centerof the park is the place Ol Tukai, the “Snows of Kilimanjaro” was born during the filming of the movie. Here are the most Lodges, and the great slopes meet. Within Ol Tukai there are many swamps, lakes and small stands of trees, which are food sources for animals. Accordingly, you will also encounter a variety of FaunaKillimanjaro, but especially to the large herds of elephants for which the park is famous (there should be about 1,000 elephants). In addition, the buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena-eared foxes, civets and a variety of live ungulates, including the rare Gerenuks.
In the swamps snorting hippos, nesting in the woods some 425 different bird species, including 47 different birds of prey. West of Ol Tukai is the Observation Hill, an increase of which one gets a nice view of the park. In the far west the salty crust of dried Amboseli lake dominating the landscape.