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Amboseli covers an area of 3,810 square kilometres in southern Kenya and is dominated by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

It is justly famous for its big game - elephant, lion and cheetah are the main attractions - and for its great scenic beauty. There are five main wildlife habitats, plus a generally dry lake-bed - Lake Amboseli - from which the park takes its name. Habitats range from open plains to stands of fever trees, thick thorn-bush and swamps and marshes. All support good wildlife densities.

Wildlife of Amboseli

Elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah Maasai giraffe and buffalo are some of the big game you may see on a game drive. Plains game is prolific and includes Burchells' zebra, eland, Coke's hartebeest, white-bearded wildebeest, common waterbuck, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle and impala. In the dry bush country and arid area you may find gerenuk and fringe eared oryx. Smaller mammals always in evidence include black-faced vervet monkey and yellow baboon, black backed jackals, spotted hyena and bat eared foxes.

Birdlife

Elephant and pelicans, Amboseli National ParkBird life is abundant, especially in the vicinity of the swamps and lakes where you can see a large variety of water birds. There are pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, lilytrotters, egrets, hammerkops and the rare Madagascar squacco heron can sometimes be seen. So far, 47 raptors have been identified, including the rare taita falcon and southern banded harrier eagle.

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Suggested Amboseli National Park itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Amboseli National Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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