Amboseli National Park
The Amboseli National Park is on the Kajado District on the Rift Valley, located around just 160 miles from Nairobi, Kenya. The ecosystem in the park is diverse and runs across the Kenya - Tanzania border with traditional African scenes.
The park covers two of the 5 main swamps here which provide excellent wildlife viewing - especially birds. There are over 400 species of birds including waterbirds, hammerkops, kingfishers, pelicans and 47 types of raptors! If you are interested in birds this area is seen to be one of the best in the world to see amazing species and observe them in their natural environment.
Kilimanjaro dominates the magnificent scenery in the park with views of the snow capped mountain in the background as elephants and giraffe wander close to your vehicle. You can go on game drives in adapted 4x4 open vehicles where you drive through the bush in search of game. Go on walking safaris and learn the basics of tracking as you follow footprints of elephants left possibly just minutes ago.
The park has an interesting eco-system which is supported by underground water supply. This is filtered through the volcanic rock from the melting snow sitting on the tip of Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to this consistent water supply, animals are widely attracted to the area coming in great variety. Game includes giraffe, impala, zebra, buffalo and wildebeest. Predators are also resident in great numbers with lion, cheetah and leopard hunting the abundant prey.
July to October is a good time to visit Amboseli National Park as it is the dry season in which the weather is warm. The shimmering dry lake beds provide an interesting feature for the area with false mirages along the horizon. Another dry season runs from December through to March.
Tortilis Camp is located on a private reserve on the edge of the park and has seventeen luxurious tents. The earth toned furnishings are all handmade from African fabrics created to blend in with the natural surroundings. All tents have king size or generous twin beds, a dressing area and large modern bathrooms with hot showers. Raised on wooden decks you are sheltered by thatch roofs which overhang large verandas. As you sit on your veranda having your morning coffee you can watch the game below you against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro.
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