Our final Kenyan Safari stop is Amboseli National Park, 151 square miles in size near the Kenya-Tanzania border in southern Kenya. Mt. Kilimanjaro is visible from this park as well as from our hotel, the Amboseli Sopa Lodge. Since we flew back to Nairobi prior to this final leg of our trip, we have a new safari guide, Rop Koi.
Amboseli National Park is known for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. It offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because of its semi-arid climate, but it also contains a large expanse of swampy areas. The contrast between the arid areas of the dry-lake bed and the swamps is visually stunning. We saw numerous large “dust devils” in the distance as we watched elephants grazing in the swamps.
We saw elephants, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, hippos, baboons, Grant’s gazelles, and numerous bird species, including Grey Crowned cranes.
Below is what our guide referred to as a five-legged elephant.
We witnessed a sad sight on our last game drive in Kenya at the Amboseli National Park. Shortly before we exited the park we saw a dead elephant not far from the road. It was clear that the elephant had its tusks removed, whether by park rangers after it died of natural causes or by poachers for its ivory. Of course, we suspected poaching. We really hope the Kenyan government is able to reduce the poaching of elephants and rhinoceros so future generations may witness the beauty, variety, and uniqueness of African wildlife.
We were fortunate that the Amboseli Sopa Lodge was so near to Mt. Kilimanjaro, which was south of us in Tanzania. We took numerous photographs our last evening in Kenya with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background as we said goodbye to our safari experience.
Next time: Safari in Kenya-Getting There.