Amboseli National Park is famous for its proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro and for the hundreds of elephants that inhabit it. All absolutely true. The feeling of passing through herds of elephants while the summit is smiling down at you…
|The view towards Rift Valley from 2140м|
We arrived around noon and it was cloudy. It was the first time we saw real clouds and felt slightly cool air in the middle of the day. However, it was exactly when we needed it to be clear so we could see Kilimanjaro and dreamed of climbing it one day (check out this really cool packing list for Mount Kilimanjaro). Even though the clouds you can sense its proximity. It’s like it starts at the end of a huge flat yard at the end of the meadow. It must be magical to put the elephant’s home behind and climb steadily up above all the reserves and dusty roads…
We drifted off and all the while a group of monkeys has surrounded our little house and are jumping around. They must feel like hosts or even owners of the wooden cabins and it is hard to catch them distracted so you can slip through the door. If you want to keep your hidden food supplies to be destroyed, you’d better lock your door tight. The monkeys had found the cool spot and the shier people had to skirt around them.
|Now is the time to slip in|
|The lodges compete with each other in terms of interior design|
The elephant families are big and close.
They pass very carefully by the jeeps and the vans and hide the small ones behind their legs. The babies are so cute, like chubby smaller models of the adults. Their smiles are very child-like and they even resemble our kids when they get curious and try to separate from the group until one gentle mother ushers them back in.
|Headed for a fight|
|On the march to Kilimanjaro|
|Do elephants smoke?|
You have to stretch before going into battle
|Everybody has needs|
|Being near big mama is the best|
We are hearing all kinds of noises and we are wondering when the fight between the two males will begin. Dust is rising and engulfing the action. These wise animals with good memory support the tradition of defending your honor, winning the hearts of the females and protecting the collective spirit of the family, which is headed with a heavy step towards the meeting place.
|Getting out of the tub illegally|
The morning proved to be wiser and more valuable than the evening. After fighting slight stomach problems at an elegant restaurant, we spend the morning on the bumpy roads of the national park and Kilimanjaro smiles at us in all its majesty.
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