Greater Amboseli is a wonderful, complicated place. It's an integral part of the Maasai heartland and an intriguing wildlife-watching alternative to nearby Amboseli National Park. It's also ground zero for the future of wildlife on human-dominated landscapes and a place where some of the most exciting conservation work in Kenya is taking place. Throw in some terrific high-end places to stay and it all adds up to a fascinating mix.
The national park occupies less than 5% of the greater Amboseli ecosystem's 8000 sq km, and surrounding the park itself is a series of group Maasai ranches which are home, by one estimate, to around 30,000 Maasai, along with upwards of a million of their livestock. These ranches also occupy the ancient wildlife corridors that once connected Amboseli with northern Tanzania, the Athi Plains near Nairobi and even the Masai Mara.