At 7:15 am Moses picked us up at the hotel and got us to the shuttle which left at 8 a.m. for Nairobi. On the bus we met Colin(pilot) and Ryan(computer programmer) both in their early 30s, MN transplants to Huntington Beach on a spur of the moment holiday. Look for them on Main St. on Tuesdays by contacting the 12' unicyclist in the eve who knows them.
At the border in Kenya we are met by Ben(guide/driver) & Kioko(cook) & Wade Allsopp, a Brit who will be part of our group to Amboseli NP and later to Masai Mara NP. We arrive in Amboseli at the Amicabre permanent campsite about 3, get settled & then at 4 head out on a short eve safari drive.
THE PARK: Amboseli was totally different than what we had expected. Mostly very dry, desert conditions dominate the entire region. What draws the animals is the marsh which is entirely fed by Kilimanjaro runoff!!! If there were no snow on the mtn. then the entire animal population in this region would be severely threatened. The animal population here is not so great in numbers as it is in diversity esp. birds although there are greater numbers of elephants here than in any other part we visited as well.