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July 7, 2015 / oneworld82

Welcome to Amboseli, the real Animal Kingdom!

After Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru it was time to head to Amboseli. I was excited to get there to see the Kilimanjaro Mountain from up close, and to see the mythical Amboseli elephants. Little I knew that what was expecting us was one of the most amazing parks out there.

But before getting there, a LONG, excruciating journey across a good portion of Kenya was awaiting us. Just to give you an idea…

Road to Amboseli

The drive took about 9 hours – Nairobi’s traffic could be really horrible. The highway is usually only two lanes, and while it’s generally well-maintained it simply cannot fit all the traffic going through it. We finally reached the park at around nine o’clock… and we were stunned by our magnificent lodge, the Kibo Safari Camp.

This gem of a tented camp is a luxurious camp that brought us back to colonial times. Each room was a sturdy tent, complete with every amenity needed (and very stylish). The camp had a nice pool, an amazing bar, and a good restaurant. It was really, really nice.

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Group shot

Group shot

In any event, the tented camp’s lights went off around 11:30p, and we were up at 6:30a for breakfast, before heading out for a full-day drive.

Amboseli is different from Maasai Mara in that it’s very flat and dominated by Mt. Kilimanjaro – the real morphological feature of this area. What the flat feature of the park highlights, though, is the sheer amount of wildlife present here – the density of gnus, gazelles, elephants, cranes, and predators is staggering.

We did a full-day drive, stopping on a small hill/observatory for lunch. The park is rightly famous for its elephants – we saw scores of them – but we also saw beautiful cranes, three lions, hyenas… we really loved Amboseli, and we all were very glad we stopped here for a couple of nights.

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After a relaxing evening at the resort (and a very decent dinner), we woke up early the next morning for our last drive of this incredible trip. WHat we saw: lots and lots of elephants, with the amazing Kilimanjaro as backdrop.

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I know I haven’t written much about the park, but that’s because pictures, in this case, are worth more than one million words. Amboseli was simply spectacular, and I wouldn’t mind at all being back in the near future.

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