Amboseli is a lovely little park at the foot of Kilimanjaro (which is in Tanzania by the way, not in Kenya as claimed by some crooks). The wildlife out there is made of the usual suspects but on a good day the view of nearby Kili is breathtaking. These minibuses are numerous and some of these drivers are totally clueless: they leave the engine running while watching wildlife a few meters away!! You’d never see that in Tanzania.
6 am, time to leave camp and enjoy the early light in the mist.
That’s what I mean with a nearby Kilimanjaro. The atmospheric veil helped to catch the orange light on the peak and the clouds.
This is a close up view of the secondary peak
These guys, grey-headed kingfishers, were quite easy to spot and come close, like 5 meters away.
the area is made of swamps and it is quite easy to include animals in line with Kili. Providing the conditions are good of course.
Karine and I went for a few days in Nairobi and Amboseli National Park. A tiny park on the edge of Mt Kilimanjaro which allows a close view of the Tanzanian peak. Some Kenyans funnily claim the peak is in Kenya. Just grab a map and though the colonial Brits screwed up many borderlines when they carved up their colonies, the peak lies in Tanzania.
A tiny park, not the wildest of all parks, some bad guides/drivers but we enjoyed many wildlife actions on top of the landscapes. Kilimanjaro is a shy mountain but we managed some good sighting over the 3 days.
A sunrise, a spectacular viewing even with the slight atmospheric veil.
This is the secondary peak, sometimes showing snow after a storm, like the daily storms these days.
A bit later, the orange hue disappeared.
The park is quite flat, made of swamps mostly. So Karine and I were keen to include animals in that glorious landscape.
A superb last minute ray of light at sunset.
Another sunrise. One of those (many) days when I’m glad I have got that great Nikon lens, a super wide 12-24mm, here at 12mm.
that was an exceptional day, a perfect visibility. Kilimanjaro on the left is more than 150 km away. Mt Gelai is close in the middle, and Mt Meru on the right, Mt Kitumbeine on the far right. I’ve got very few in that style. And of course, lake Natron in the foreground
a typical abstract and vertical view of the salts.
a psychedelic view of a Natron delta.
I’d say there is a spring underneath to explain that swirl of floating salts. I’ve spotted that phenomenon, on the same spot, only twice.