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Chania Hemsley-Smith
Chania Hemsley-Smith Travel Specialist
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Amboseli Safari Holidays

Amboseli National Reserve, an hour’s flight or a 4-hour overland journey southeast from Nairobi, is renowned for its enormous elephant herds. Mount Kilimanjaro, which stands on the southern boundary of the park, provides a majestic backdrop for a safari.

The elephants of Amboseli have been made more famous by the work and wildlife documentaries of Dr. Cynthia Moss and the Elephant Trust, who have studied the elephants of the Amboseli for over 30 years. Protected by the presence of tourists and researchers and the backing of the local Maasai people, the Amboseli elephants have led an unusually natural existence, so this is one of the few places where you will see elephants of all ages in the population, including the iconic old bulls with their long tusks.

Amboseli encompasses five main wildlife habitats: acacia woodland, rocky thornbush country, swamps, marshland and the quintessentially East African open plains, extending as far as the eye can see. The savannah is fed by underground water from Kilimanjaro’s ice-cap, filtered through the volcanic rock, as are the two permanent springs.

The permanent waters of the swamps and springs support the large elephant and buffalo herds, as well as the resident hippo. Wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and impala graze the grasslands, hunted by predators including lion, leopard, caracal, cheetah, jackal, spotted hyena and serval. Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the Amboseli area.

‘Amboseli’ derives from the word for ‘salty dust’, ancient volcanic ash creating shimmering mirages and forming dust devils in the dry season. These phenomena occur particularly around the seasonal Lake Amboseli.

The national reserve is just 392km2 and it is busy in high season. You will find the small camps and lodges we favour in the surrounding Maasai group ranches and wildlife sanctuaries, which are part of the larger Amboseli ecosystem and are crucial game dispersal areas.

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Kenya Big Game Riding Safari
  • Adventure
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From £3799 per person
8 day holiday
Flights included
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Ride Kenya's 7-day luxury mobile horse safaris allow you to have a wholly natural wildlife experience in the 1.4 million acres of wild and varied landscapes.
Kenya and Zanzibar Eco-safari
  • Beach
  • Responsible
  • Safari
From £3899 per person
13 day holiday
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This East African holiday combines a safari in two contrasting ecosystems in Kenya, exploration of Stone Town and some down time on the...
Visions of Kenya Safari
  • Safari
From £4245 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Enjoy a premier safari experience at a relaxed pace. This 12 day luxury safari visits three totally different ecosystems in Kenya: Amboseli, . Book this safari amd receive a pair of Zeiss binoculars worth over U$1000 completely free
Kenya Elephant Safari
From £4395 per person
11 day holiday
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A 10 day safari dedicated exclusively to encounters with the gentle giants of Africa's wildlife areas. Elephants are intelligent,...
Great Plains Conservation Kenya Safari
  • Responsible
  • Safari
From £6229 per person
8 day holiday
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Our Great Plains Conservation safari offers sublime game-viewing with the luxuries of vast, exclusive wilderness areas, few people and some of the finest guiding and hosting Kenya has to offer. Business class flights completes this superb experience.
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