Photos: Amboseli National Park

Pink flamingos wade through a reflection of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya

Every safari in Kenya has its own distinctive feature. Amboseli National Park is characterized by the dramatic views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which lies just over the border in Tanzania. It’s a photographer’s dream – you can capture a wide array of wildlife with the mountain rising out of the clouds in the background. Near the airstrip is the seasonal Amboseli Lake, which in rainy season also provides reflections. The park is just a 40 minute flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Flying towards the mountain just after sunrise in a 12-seater plane is an experience in itself.

A flamingo runs across the still surface of Lake Amboseli.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A wildebeest stands in the lake, with flamingos in the background.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
The same wildebeest crosses paths with a flamingo.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A hungry male lion roaring. Lions in this area have short manes, like the famous Tsavo man eaters.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A lioness gets uncomfortably close to our safari vehicle.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
Zebras graze on the banks of Lake Amboseli.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A great white pelican swimming on Lake Amboseli. This is a seasonal lake which only exists during rainy season.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
An elephant drinks from the watering hole opposite our campsite.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
My kids, Ayla 4 and Zefi 6, watch sunrise over Mt Kilimanjaro from the porch of our cabin.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A fish eagle, spotted by Zefi, perches in the branches of a dead tree, which was killed by termites.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A young giraffe sitting down. This is an unusual position for these animals, which leaves them vulnerable to predators.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A zebra looks out over the savannah, with Mount Kilimanjaro emerging from the clouds high above.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A bull elephant strides across green grass towards the lake.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A giraffe drinking at our watering hole. Drops of water spray out of its mouth as it lifts up its head to swallow.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
An early morning view of Mount Kilimanjaro. It had rained the day before and as a result there was significantly more snow on the peak.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
Walking safaris provide a radically different view of wildlife. Here, two dung beetles fight over a ball of poo. It was rolled by the smaller beetle on the left but then stolen by the larger beetle on the right.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
Also from our walking safari – a giraffe skull with tufts of fur remaining on the antlers.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A baby tortoise on the gravel drive of our safari lodge.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya
A portrait view of Mount Kilimanjaro, with flamingos and reflection.
© Andrew Brown/2022/Kenya

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