Amboseli National Park: Against the majestic Kilimanjaro backdrop
Encompassing a massive area of 392 square kilometres (151 sq miles), the Amboseli National Park is among the top ten largest game reserves in the world, and has definitely earned a place on the list of must-visit places in Africa. It gives off the iconic savannah scene, dotted with African wildlife, with the picturesque Mt. Kilimanjaro serving as the milieu of the landscape. The park itself is a part of the much larger ecosystem, which stretches all the way across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The landscape bears the signature stark contrast: the co-existence of a semiarid to arid vegetation, and the swampy springs formed from the volcanically-filtered water of the ice caps of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The dried up Pleistocene lake, also known as Lake Amboseli, gives off the arid setting of the ecosystem (the word Amboseli translates to “salty dust”), while surprising visitors with sporadic flash floods. At the same time, two of the five existing swamps in the region serve to deliver a quaint, boggy contrast to the exhilarating beauty of the land.