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Amboseli is a relatively small gamepark in the shadow of Africas highest mountain, the Kilimanjaro. The Amboseli Park was established in 1968 and became a National Park in 1974. Amboselli covers an area of 392 sq km. There are five main wildlife habitats: open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland. A temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, floods during years of heavy rainfall.

We visited the park in a dry period. (rains are in april/may and november /december)

There was absolutely no water in lake Amboselli. When driving on the sandy lakefloor we encountered several zebra, that died of thirst.

Our guide told us that young inexperienced zebra forget to drink enough before wandering a long way from water, and they simply don't make it back to the water.

There was enough water in Amboseli when we were there, in the marshlands and the swamps.

It was not good for the zebra he didn't find this water before the sunset, but other animals (like the vultures) benefited from the zebras poor judgement.

We stayed in the Amboseli Park for two nights, made sunrise and sunset gamedrives, and relaxed near the Amboseli lodge.

More info about Amboseli National Park on the website of the Kenya Wildlife Service: http://www.kws.org/amboseli.htm

  • Last visit to Amboseli National Park: Oct 2004
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Nice page

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2006 at 8:47 PM

    Excellent Amboseli page! The pictures of the Masia were very interesting. Do you think going to the Masai village is worthwhile, or do you think it's too commercial? ~ Helen

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2005 at 10:02 AM

    Looks like it was a fantastic adventure!

  • filipdebont's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2005 at 2:57 AM

    Great wildlife pics (as usual), looks like a great park to visit.

  • irisbe's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2004 at 12:12 PM

    Prachtig! Wonderful! well rather a safari car then a Tigra there `-) hahaha pity that "tourists" get ripped off like this mmmm but over all it sure looks like the trip was quite some marvelous experience!

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2004 at 11:32 AM

    Schitterende foto's van de zonsondergang. En de dieren natuurlijk. Verveelt nooit.

  • safardreams's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2004 at 2:58 AM

    Hi did you notice MT. KILI. 's icecap is almost gone? I was there in 2001. Had to pass through this Sept. I saw the difference. When that goes everything around it will go! The water in Amboseli is fed by MT. KILI. Glad you went. Keep going! David


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