Amboseli is one of the smaller parks, right on the Tanzanian border, about 4 hours from our house. It has a large swamp surrounded by rocky or sandy desert.
We had a little unplanned excitement just a little way into the park: Miika’s car had fuel-line-fever: It stopped. Gita is inspecting the tow cable.
cheap tow ropes?
after a 20km tow … a pit, a mechanic, and Miika’s car kept going for another 20 hours or so.
Amboseli is famous for its elephants and for views of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is in neighbouring Tanzania. Queen Victoria felt sorry for her German Cousin William (’Kaiser Bill’) and so the boundary between Kenya and Tanzania was tweaked just a little, so that Bill could have a snowcapped mountain in the tropics too. Queen V already ‘had’ Mount Kenya, through which the equator runs, and it has GLACIERS. Kili is the highest mountain in Africa. It is actually in Tanzania. It is rather spectacular but photo shy: This is the bit in the middle of Kili:
Kili is very wide, probably a shield (i.e. flattish) volcano, with an ash cone stuck on top, and at least 20 - 30 minivolcano ash conelettes dotted about in and around the shield bit. In this photo the solid looking cloud is Kili, with a ‘child’ on the left.
Amboseli has a large swampy-river area in the middle, where the elephants lie in the water and munch (grass?)
Occasionally they come out, and you can see how deep they have been in the water, by the tide mark.
Unlike the elephants in Tsavo West, the Amboseli elephants didn’t harass us, even if they had tiny babies
And away from the swamp …
Amboseli is not really a National Park, as the current president returned it to the local Maasai, some of whom apparently get all of the income. This means that they graze their livestock in there, directly competing with wildlife.
Most of Amboseli is desert,
dried up lake bed
with usually about eight dust devils visible around you: the larger variety:
the slender variety that often reaches into the clouds
A lovely spot.