Amboseli National Park spanning 390 Km2 is located in the Amboseli National ecosystem and designated the UNESCO Man and Biosphere reserve where local communities and wildlife cohabit. The park has two expansive swamps, Enkongo Narok and Longinye, which are the lifeline of the wildlife inside the park.
During the volcanic activity, the rocks and overlying bedded sepiolite were deposited in a semiarid lake basin at the foot of Kilimanjaro resulting into the Pleistocene lakes.
The park is known for its postcard and majestic view of Mount Kilimanjaro, and its unique habitats, from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli to the sulphur spring-studded wetlands.
It is also one of the best places on the continent to view herds of large-tusked elephants with a population of almost 1800 elephants. The park has been recognized as one of the 62 IBAN (Important Bird Areas) with a record of 500 bird species entered. There also great opportunities to view other animals including lions, leopards, cheetahs along with other herbivores.
Amboseli comes from a Maasai word meaning “Salty Dust”.