, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2
It was a beautiful evening. The sky was blue and the sun like a glowing medallion was shining brightly, creating a perfect time for an evening escapade.
I could hardly wait to watch the sunset from the highest point of the unique Amboseli National Park.
As we drove through the safari trails, I was amazed at the God given beauty of a flat land enriched with numerous species of creatures and features.
With an ecosystem that extends from Kenya to Tanzania, Amboseli is uniquely the ideal point of viewing the highest free-standing mountain in the world – Mt Kilimanjaro.
Its distinctiveness is further anchored on the big skies and patch like water bodies of swamps surrounded by far horizons.
Despite being on flat land, Amboseli has extremes and surprises of heavy flooding and drought.
The area has continuous supply of underground water that emanates from the ice cap of Kilimanjaro.
The patches of water bodies – some small, others medium and large – are astoundingly stunning as we drove through.
Bird lovers would enjoy the colourful view of countless species of birds chirping and flying in patterns as if in enjoyment of the nature.
In the bigger swamps, traces of hippopotamuses’ huge mouths and backs could be seen.
Other hippos were basking while others were busy feeding their massive bodies.
Hundreds of zebras, gazelles, hyenas, wild beasts, buffaloes and monkeys were in every corner of the park. While some stood by the roadsides, others played, slept, fed or stared at people watching them.
It is an experience that kept our minds engaged with nature and its beauty.
As we approached a different corner of the park, there was a herd of elephants.
One females was running to and fro trumpeting and rumbling. It was obvious that it was furious.
On closer observation, a baby elephant was struggling to pull itself out of a swamp. It trumpeted continuously.
Few minutes after, a rescue team from Amboseli Trust for Elephants arrived and pulled the poor calf out.