Born in Amritsar, India, and educated in business and hotel management in London, Ashu Bhandari built a strong career in the hospitality industry, achieving important positions as a general manager and vice president. Through his self-named consultancy group, Ashu Bhandari offers commercial advice, often on a pro bono basis, to non-profit organizations.
Bhandari has become an experienced world traveler. One opportunity that excited him was a two-week safari to Kenya, which encompassed a visit to the Amboseli National Park. Stretching across 392 square kilometers (approximately 150 square miles) near the Tanzanian border, the park’s grasslands support some 500 species. The park’s name comes from Maasai words for “salty dust,” referring to an eruption a thousand years from nearby Mount Kilimanjaro.
The presence of the mountain makes the environment in Amboseli unique. The park consists of swamps, rolling hills, and tree-dotted grasslands. Springs provide water during the dry season, and rain-swollen rivers create a floodplain for migratory animals.
Visitors can view some 1,000 elephants which travel the range and occupy the swamps. Other inhabitants include lions, impalas, gazelles, wildebeest, and buffalo. Amboseli earned national park status in 1974 and recent designation as an international bio-sphere reserve.