Amboseli is a place of stark contrast. Meaning "A place of water" in Maasai. Amboseli, despite its sometimes dry and dusty appearance, has an endless water supply filtered through thousands of nerge into two clear water springs in the heart of the park. The endemic dust is volcanic feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's snow melt. These are underground streams of ash which spewed from Kilimanjaro a millennia ago.
During seasons a curious feature is the shimmering dry lake bed where false mirages of populated horizons, punctuated by real herds of zebra and gnu (wildebeest) hover in front of visitors. The ecosystem mainly savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. The bull elephants here have some of the largest tusks in Kenya.
Plentiful game includes: Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Plains Game, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine can be seen. Birdwatchers can see pelicans, bee-eaters, king fishers, African Fish Eagle, Martial Eagle.