About 240 km (150 mi) southeast of
Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second-most popular
national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve,
is in Kajiado County, Kenya. The park is 39,206 hectares (392
km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 km2 (3,100 sq
mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The
local people are mainly Maasai, but people from other parts of
the country have settled there attracted by the successful
tourist-driven economy. A game drive along the system of swamps
makes this low-rainfall area, average 350 mm (14 in), one
of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400
species of birds including water birds like pelicans,
kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 raptor species.
XINHUA PHOTO - LI YAN