Amboseli original as “Empusel “ (meaning ‘salty, dusty place’ in Maasai language) National Park is in Kajiado District, Rift Valley Province in Kenya. The park is 392 km2 (151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 km2 (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.
The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation. This system of swamps makes this low-rainfall area average 350 mm (14 in) one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds, pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops and 47 types of raptor. Main wildlife being African elephants, cape buffaloes, impala, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest among other wildlife.
The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet Maasai and visit a Maasai village. The park also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.