THE STORY

This is an ecosystem where man has existed with wildlife across 15,500 km2 for hundreds of years. This is a story that includes some of the greatest elephants on this planet who still roam beneath the largest freestanding mountain in the world. Wildebeest and zebra migrate across borders traversing white pans and emerald green swamps that are fed by underground waters from the glaciers of Kilimanjaro. Where man has lived with their livestock, coexisting with nature and wildlife, where stories go back centuries. This is the Kilimanjaro Amboseli Ecosystem.

FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

Reach out to the sky, open your heart to the wilderness, dance to the rhythm of the wind; in this ecosystem you have the freedom to explore like nowhere else in east Africa.

Climb Longido or Oldonyo Orok, walk with camels, ride horses, cycle across the white pans of Sinya, walk with Maasai Moran; this landscape offers more activities and adventure than any other wildlife area in East Africa. This is the big picture – this area offers some of the most dramatic landscapes, wildlife and culture for photography. Africa’s iconic images, the giant tuskers standing in front of Kilimanjaro, the black and white haze of the zebra crossing burning white pans of Amboseli, the red dazzle of colour as the Maasai sing and dance – explore Kilimanjaro behind a camera.

LARGER THAN LIFE

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.

TRAIL BLAZE

Itinerary 1

Itinerary 1

An 8-day safari in the west Kilimanjaro area riding camels, staying in a ‘Maasai Boma’ styled camp, seeing elephants in the Amboseli flat pans and trekking up Longido Mountain. It is going to be an active 8 days of adventure and fun.

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Itinerary 2

This is an 8-day adventure taking you round Kilimanjaro, heading off to the eastern slopes, and then traversing round the north through green forest of the Kitenden, down the slopes towards the west and Sinya pans and Engasurai plains.  Nights spent camping and staying in the magic of a replica Maasai village.

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Itinerary 3

A 6-day safari in the West Kilimanjaro area riding camels, staying in a ‘Maasai Boma’ styled camp, seeing elephants in the Amboseli flat pans. This 6 day adventure is full of a diverse selection of activities and places to stay.

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Itinerary 4

This is a 6-day adventure taking you round Kilimanjaro, heading off to the eastern slopes, and then traversing round the north through green forest of the Kitenden, down the slopes towards the west and Sinya pans and Engasurai plains. Nights spent camping and staying in the magic of a replica Maasai village.

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Itinerary 5

A 4-day safari in the west Kilimanjaro area riding camels, travelling to Enduimet and seeing elephants in the Amboseli flat pans.

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Itinerary 6

This is a 4-day adventure taking you round Kilimanjaro, heading off to the eastern slopes, and then traversing round the north through green forest of the Kitenden, down the slopes towards the west and Sinya pans and Engasurai plains for some walking and biking.

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Itinerary 7

A weekend trip; to west Kilimanjaro area, camping in Sinya, seeing elephants in the Amboseli flat pans and biking across the flat pans of Sinya.

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Itinerary 8

This is a 5-day adventure taking into the northern areas of Kilimanjaro, down in the Sinya pans and Engasurai plains;   a hike and overnight on Longido Mountain.

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Itinerary 9

This is a 5 days adventure taking you off to ride camels and explore ‘the other side’ of Arusha, camping and staying in the magic of a replica Maasai village and driving back through Arusha park.

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Itinerary 10

An 8-day safari taking you across the Kilimanjaro Amboseli landscape. Starting in the West Kilimanjaro and over the border into Kenya, exploring Amboseli and trekking up Longido Mountain.

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Itinerary 11

A 6-day safari starting in the north of Amboseli on a community conservancy, the Selenkay Conservation area, exploring Amboseli National park and trekking up Oldonyo Orok Mountain.

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Itinerary 12

A 6-day safari starting in the West Kilimanjaro area, riding bikes, learning about the Maasai, walking with rangers and then exploring Amboseli national park in Kenya.

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Itinerary 13

An 8-day safari exploring Amboseli and learning about the Maasai. Kicking off in Selenkay conservancy and then spending time in the Tawi Conservancy; this adventure is also supporting community conservation efforts.

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Itinerary 14

This is a 5-day adventure from Moshi taking you round the eastern slopes of Kilimanjaro and crossing the border into Kenya to stay in Amboseli Park at the Tawi Conservancy and some good time looking at Kilimanjaro from the other side.

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Itinerary 15

An 8-day safari setting off from Nairobi, visiting Amboseli Park and crossing the border into Tanzania exploring the West Kilimanjaro area.

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EXPLORERS

FUTURE IS TOMORROW

The wildlife in this ecosystem spends most of their time outside national parks, on community land which is in the hands of the Maasai community who are predominantly the landowners for most of the rangelands spanning both countries.

The European Union, Oikos East Africa and the African Conservation Centre are working to secure the future of the greater Kilimanjaro-Amboseli ecosystem through the “CONNEKT” (Conserving Neighbouring Ecosytems in Kenya and Tanzania) project. They are doing this by developing Land and Conservation Management Plans for rangelands and migration areas, and diversifying livelihoods to increase income for wildlife custodians. Along with activities to promote strong leadership and law enforcement, the project is helping to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and conflict, and to better manage the rangeland to benefit all.

So far, CONNEKT has helped the communities here to protect wildlife by training and equipping more than 80 rangers in the area and training 150 community members to prevent wildlife invading crops and reducing conflict. They have also increased the economic benefits from wildlife and livestock-based enterprises by developing community-led eco-tourism. Over 40 community members have been trained as ecotourism leaders and service providers for walking safaris, cycling holidays, and homestays. Women are leading the change. Sustainable businesses and rangeland management has been facilitated by training 300 women in Marketplace Literacy, 200 on milk production and a further 40 on vegetable-tanned leather manufacturing. All this work will increase the community’s participation in ecotourism and will result in the communities protecting and valuing their natural resources.

The development of this website was supported by:

This project is funded by the European Union
Connekt
OIKOS East Africa
OIKOS
African Conservation Centre