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Amboseli National Park’s flat, “big-sky” landscape and close proximity to the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro offer photographers an unparalleled, dramatic landscape. The best time of day to photograph Mt. Kilimanjaro is in the early morning; otherwise clouds will typically obscure the view, except for partial clearance during the late afternoon. The best time of year to photograph Mt. Kilimanjaro is from mid-December to March. However, visitors shouldn’t fixate on the picturesque backdrops too much, lest they forget that Amboseli is also known for its big game, especially its abundant, free-ranging elephant population made famous by the books and documentaries of Dr. Cynthia Moss.
Though comparatively small to other wildlife areas at 151 mi² (392 km²), there is no shortage of wildlife nor ecological diversity. The dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli (etymologically derived from the Maasai word “salty dust”), wetlands with sulphur springs, savannah, and woodlands each offers unique game-viewing experiences. The wetlands essentially function as oases, allowing wildlife to congregate in dense pockets during the dry seasons. Make sure to stop at Observation Hill; as the only elevated area within Amboseli, it offers an excellent vantage point to witness this. The wetlands are frequented by grazing hippos and large herds of elephant and buffalo, most notably at the Enkongo Narok Swamp.The savannah and woodlands contain both big game and lesser-known species, including gerenuk, striped lesser kudu and fringe-eared oryx.
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