The land to the north and west of Mount Kilimanjaro is a broad steppe of wild bush, Masai villages and farms, which has been largely overlooked until recently.
But where Amboseli is busy with visitors, West Kilimanjaro is virtually empty. There may not be quite the same game densities on this side of the border just yet, but there is a great deal of glorious space.
Large numbers of animals inhabit the plains of West Kilimanjaro. This vast beautiful area has pockets of farmland, much of which is slowly being given over to wildlife conservation projects where farmers, local Masai people, and wildlife live in harmony.
Commonly seen game, besides the elephant, include large herds of eland, herds of zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, impala, dikdik, warthog, grants and Thompson gazelle, olive and yellow baboon, and blue and vervet Monkeys. Regularly seen at night are genet, lesser and small eared galago, spring hare, bush duiker and bushbuck. Roaming this area are also lesser kudu, gerenuk, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, several species of mongoose, klipspringer, steinbuck and jackal. You may also be lucky enough to spot leopard, cheetah, hyena, African wild cat, civet, bat eared fox, aardvark, porcupine and aardwolf and for birdwatchers, nearly 400 bird species can be found.