Cape Town to Tanzania 2014

Solo trip for 12 months - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Amboseli National Park

October 20, 2015  —  Kenya

I really wanted to visit this park before leaving Africa. The park is famous and you probably already saw a picture of it. Indeed, the iconic photo of an elephant in front of the Kilimanjaro is normally taken in this park or in the neighbouring region.

Amboseli National Park - Kenya

Did I manage to take such a picture? No, the sky was quite cloudy and the visibility wasn't very good (far away). Nevertheless, I succeeded in taking a so-so photo of an elephant in front of the Kili. It is not National Geographic quality, but it is a nice souvenir of the park.

Amboseli National Park - Kenya
My picture of the elephant and Kilimanjaro.
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
A nice day is starting out.
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya

In addition to having Kilimanjaro in the background, this park has a very unique characteristic. In the middle of a very dry plain, there are some lakes and rivers that seem to pop up from nowhere. In fact, there are fed by the water coming from Mount Kilimanjaro.

However, there are more than 2-km of dry land between the park and the Kili. Those waters come from the mountain and reach Amboseli Park through natural underground passages.

Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Notice the six mini-tornadoes on the photo.
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Elephants are not afraid of people or cars in this park.
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
This elephant was rolling on the ground.
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
During the dry season, the lakes provide an abundant source of food for animals that migrate in the hundreds from neighbouring regions.
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Mini-tornadoes in the plains around the park.
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Massais are allowed to come with their cattle in the park for watering and grazing.
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Amboseli National Park - Kenya
Despite the abundance of animals in the park, this lion doesn't seem to be able to benefit from it. It is possibly sick or hurt.
Amboseli National Park - Kenya