Amboseli National Park in Kenya after the Masai Mara is Amboseli National park mainly because of the spectacular backdrop of Africa`s highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro, which broods over the southern boundary of the park. Cloud cover can render the mountain’s massive bulk invisible for much of the day.
At 392 sq km, Amboseli is a small park and lacks the profusion of animal species found in the Masai Mara, but as the landscape provides limited coverage you have a good chance of seeing some of the large predators.
Amboseli can turn into a real dust bowl in the dry season.
Buffaloes, Lions, gazelles, cheetahs, wildebeests, hyenas, jackals, warthogs, zebras, Masai giraffes, and baboons are present, but the last few black rhinos were moved to Tsavo west in 1995 after a sustained period of poaching. In the permanent swamps of Enkongo Narok and Olokenya, large Elephant herds can be seen grazing with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background, probably the definitive Kenyan Wildlife.
Erosion and grass die-off is having a dramatic effect at Amboseli, and it`s important for vehicles to stick to the defined tracks.