One of the finest places to view elephant on the African continent is Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, with the snow-capped cone of Mount Kilimanjaro as a tall, brooding backdrop. An Amboseli safari – one of Kenya’s best safari experiences – gives visitors a taste of iconic, unspoilt Africa.

We’d come on an Amboseli safari to see the magnificent elephant. A population of more than 1,000 of these gentle giants inhabits this park, which boasts some of the largest pachyderms in Africa. Our camp was called Tortilis Camp Amboseli, set just outside the park near its southwestern edge. Away from the busy eastern section of the park, and with its own private conservancy, guests at this camp experience a wild and private safari.

We gathered on the Tortilis deck after tea and met our wonderful Maasai guide, Leboo. Then we set off on an afternoon game drive in an open 4×4, excited to meet the park’s famous elephant. The backdrop to our adventure was Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and the highest peak on the African continent.