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Dwarfed by the majestic snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli is one of the premier locations in Kenya for elephant watching, with large herds being drawn to its series of large, lush swamplands. The park also has a large concentration of Masai giraffe, buffalo, zebra, eland, waterbuck, gazelle and impala with cheetahs and lions among the big cats that roam freely throughout the area. The park centres around a large hill, with breathtaking views of the surrounding plains, often crossed by whirlwinds that send winding columns of dust into the sky. This is open country and consequently, ideal walking territory, with many of the camps and lodges organising game walks and trips to spend time in local Maasai villages.
The Chyulu Hills are the youngest range of volcanic hills in Africa, the last volcanic activity having only happened here about six hundred years ago. They are situated halfway between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks on a concession of 300,000 acres of communally owned Maasai land, known as Mbirikani Group Ranch, which is also part of the Amboseli eco-system. Here, the open plains, rolling hills and the snow topped Kilimanjaro invoke images of Africa as it was in the earlier part of the last century. This is a truly spectacular location where wildlife and Maasai herdsmen live, as nature determined they should, in perfect harmony in an unspoiled corner of Kenya.