By the time we were ready to head back to Kibo (luckily only a five minutes’ drive from the park entrance) we’d spotted more animals than expected and taken enough photos to kill off three devices. We felt like safari kings.
Later that evening while having dinner and demolishing another gin and tonic, we decided against our scheduled 6am safari and decided to get up and take in the view of Kilimanjaro instead. As I stepped out on to the porch I was blown away with the mountains majestic beauty. I sat quietly for an hour and watched the mountain change colour while I downed coffee after coffee, did I mention that I’m not a morning person? By 7.30 am clouds began to slowly engulf Kilimanjaro, but I was buzzing from the serene hour that I spent in awe.
Kilimanjaro is the tallest volcano in Africa at 5,900m. It’s just across the border in Tanzania, but Amboseli offers the best views, the very park is defined by the mountain.
Elephants love Amboseli and that morning driving back into the park a large family blocked the road ahead of us. There’s something intimidating about the sheer size of the animals, but at no time did we feel unsafe. The leader of the pack slowly approached our vehicle, he was keeping his eye on us and protecting his family. As soon as we reversed, he moved out of the way and allowed the young ones to wander around again. A word of warning, if the elephants’ ears go back get moving fast.
Websites advise against going to Amboseli during the months of June to September for lack of animals. We visited in June and found it difficult to keep track on the amount of animals we saw. This part of Kenya is suitable all year round, our advice, ignore the guidebooks and go when the park is quieter. We only saw a handful of cars both days, which made our safaris even more special.
Late morning and it was time to head back to Nairobi. As we turned our vehicle into the city we headed straight into a protest against the electoral commission that involved a lot of tear gas, water cannons and stones, but hey that’s another story.