Rising up over the flat lands of Amboseli is Mt. Kilimanjaro. This giant overshadows gems that are also massive structures, like Longido Mountain at 2,629m, Olonyo Orok at 2,548m and, to the south, Mt. Meru at 4,562m. This landscape with the flat endless plains of Amboseli is exploding with life and diversity; where more than one million mammals of 28 different species live.
As the elephants cross the landscapes, we tend to miss out on the smaller wonderful details, the grasslands, swamps and barren flat pans. This is a place with one of the highest densities of lions in East Africa, where we have hippo, giraffe, oryx, kudu, gerenuk, gazelles, cheetah, ostrich and African wild dog. With some patience and a dash of luck, you might even find the aardwolf, a caracal or even a pangolin, the abundance and variety of wildlife is endless.
Such a diverse landscape and habitat attracts over 400 species of birds, including some of the larger or more exuberant members such as the flamingos, African fish eagle, ostrich, Verreaux’s eagle, crowned cranes as well as some special endemic species such the rare Beesley’s lark or the globally threatened Madagascar pond-heron.