...where the land touches the sky...
Amboseli National Park, at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. It lies south-east of Nairobi close to the Tanzania border. The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above a saucer of clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli. Despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem it supports a wide range of mammals and birds.
Years ago, Amboseli was the locale around which such famous writers as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark spun their stories of big game hunting in the wilds of Africa. It is also the home of the Maasai people, those tall, proud nomads whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals has spread across the globe. The Maasai have learned to live in complete harmony with their environment and the wildlife that surrounds them.
A part of Amboseli National Park is composed of a dried lake bed, which in the shimmering heat produces mirages. Swamps and springs, fed by underground rivers from Kilimanjaro’s melting snows, form permanent watering places for wildlife throughout times of drought.
The snows of Kilimanjaro, white and crystalline, form a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya’s most spectacular displays of wildlife—lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains game, creating Kenya’s most sought-after photographer’s paradise.
Ker & Downey Safaris has a private concession area just outside Amboseli National Park. We have a wonderful relationship with the local Maasai community that allows us to offer an unequalled cultural experience. We also have the freedom to walk and have game drives at night.
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