From the verdant sparkling waterways of the Okavango Delta to the arid expanse of the great Kalahari, Botswana is a land of great contrast. This precious, peaceful country offers a plethora of luxury accommodation as well as exhilarating mobile camping and tranquil house boat accommodation.
Located about a four hour drive and 250 km (150 mi) southeast of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is well known for its herds of big tusked elephants under the imposing backdrop of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro. The 151 km2 (58 mi2) park is a fragile ecosystem with the (usually) dry lake bed at its heart. Surrounding the lake bed and salt flats are beautiful Acacia Tortillis woodland and grassy savannah that attract herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle alongside the famed elephants. It is possible to see all the predators but, being a national park, night drives are not permitted.
Local Maasai tribes live in manyattas around Amboseli, and these pastoralists bring their herds to water in and around the park. The name ‘Amboseli’ is indeed derived from a Maa word meaning ‘salty dust’. Today, it is one of Kenya’s most popular national parks.