Amboseli National Park is 392 km2 in size and spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border with opportunities to view Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It is one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 raptor species.
The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semiarid vegetation. It is 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, followed for almost four decades by American conservationist Dr Cynthia Moss. Echo died in 2009 when she was about 60 years old.