The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Entering Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Elephants Are the Star Attraction Here

Elephants Head Home

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Viewed from Amboseli National Park, Kenya


Elephants and Mt. Kili

Snapshots from Amboseli National Park

Sunday - Tuesday, October 2-4, 2005. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. I did a three day safari to Amboseli National Park, about a four hour drive south east of Nairobi (Planet Safaris $70/day). Mary, an American producer for CNN International, and I were the only guests on this safari. Our guide and driver was Ben. Mount Kilimanjaro in neighboring Tanzania rises above Amboseli. Amboseli is a lot flatter and has a lot less vegetation compared to Masai Mara. It also has some permanent swamps created from runoff from Mt. Kilimanjaro. Consequently, it's quite easy to spot the animals, either grazing on dry land or wading in the swamps. The star attraction here are the elephants—heaps of them. In addition to elephants, we saw hippos, buffalo, giraffes, wildebeests, antelopes, zebras, hyenas, and an amazing variety of bird life. Although "Kili" is normally quite a shy mountain—shrouded behind clouds much of the time—she made several appearances just for me in the early mornings and evenings.

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