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Amboseli National Park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. Amboseli was home to Echo, perhaps the most researched elephant in the world, and the subject of many books and documentaries. She was followed for almost four decades by American conservationist, Dr. Cynthia Moss. Echo died in 2009 when she was about 60 years old.
The park also has views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The summit is at 16,100 feet (4,900 meters). It is a stunning backdrop for taking pictures of the elephants.
Amboseli National Park offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long, dry months. The protected area is home to the African elephant, Cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, giraffe, zebra, hippopotamus, and blue wildebeest. A host of large and small birds occur too.
The best time to visit Amboseli is from June to October and January to February. These are the dry months and animals will gather at predictable water sources. In addition, views of Mt. Kilimanjaro are best from November to May, when the sky is clear of dust. Due to the height of the mountain, if it is a cloudy day, then the top of the mountain will be covered by clouds. The best opportunity to see Mt.Kilimanjaro is in the early morning.
Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet Maasai and visit a Maasai village. Many of the resorts in Amboseli will hire Maasai members to protect the village from pesky monkeys looking to steal food as well as more dangerous animals.
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