We had a 3 night stay at Tortilis and we can only recommend it to everyone considering it. The tents are lovely, the views are stunning, the staff is amazing, but most importantly the memories and experiences are unforgettable.
The person you spend the most time with during your stay (besides your partner) is your guide. We were very lucky to have Eric who was extremely knowledgable and a very considerate and kind person. Through his expertise, apart from the other wonderful animals, we also managed to see the rare sight of a Cheetah mom and her 3 cups. Eric always kept a fine balance of managing our unsatisfiable curiosity and not disturbing animals too much, giving the space and privacy they deserve. Eric is not only a senior Masaai warrior but an eco warrior as well. You learn about and appreciate the efforts being done by Tortilis and the various wildlife organizations so much more when you see their work first hand. Eric is such a fine, deep and likable person, we truly enjoyed every game drive.
On our first day we were greeted by an incredible "wall" of elephants which surely was a once in a lifetime experience for us. Next we spotted a few lions and countless other animals before even arriving at the camp. In general we saw plenty of animals, incredibly large herds of elephants, gnus and so on. It doesn't have the lushness of the Masaai Mara but Amboseli has a lot to offer at the right times of the year.
Tortilis and Amboseli are a truly magical place with the mighty Kilimanjaro providing a stunning backdrop.
You cannot talk about Tortilis and not talk about the food. They are proud to be listed by some as the "best lodge food" in Kenya. And we heartily second that after having having dined in a few other 5 star lodges in Kenya. Their own organic garden does grow some lovely salads and herbs that really made a difference.
The small surprises: you can have a private dinner under the stars, a bush breakfast (including a hilarious portable bush toilet...extremely handy though), sundowners on hill-tops and nature walks...
Everything worked like clockwork in the camp, staff were excellent as were the lovely Manuela and Andrea who manage the place.
We truly had such a special time in Tortilis and we will come back for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amboseli is best known for its unrivaled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the park eco-system, featuring some of the largest elephants in Africa. Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli's areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, and the World’s highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tortilis Camp Hotel Amboseli Eco-System