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Tortilis Camp


Amboseli is best known for its unrivaled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the parks eco-system, featuring some of the largest in Africa.

Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli’s pristine 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.

Tortilis has the undeveloped western half of Amboseli to itself. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000 acre game concession.

The tents are all large and spacious, with king or twin beds, elegant en suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli National Park covers 392 sq kms, only a small portion of the surrounding 3000 sq km of the Amboseli ecosystem.

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Room Information

Tents
With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp, each of Tortilis Camp’s 16 tents has a glorious view of the mountain.

Each makuti-covered tent consists of a main bedroom with twin or double beds, en-suite bathroom and a spacious verandah. Let us know if you require twin beds or double bed. [All tents can fit one extra bed, for children under the age of 16 yrs only.]

Family Tent
With outstanding views of Mt Kilimanjaro, enjoyed from the comfort of your own private family veranda, Tortilis Camp’s new Family Tent is another great addition to this child-friendly safari camp in Amboseli.

The Family Tent consists of one double en suite bedroom, one twin en suite bedroom, and a spacious private veranda. [Both bedrooms can fit one extra bed for children under the age of 16 years only.]

Private House
With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp, Tortilis Camp’s Private House has a glorious view of the mountain.

The Private House consists of one en-suite double bedroom, one en-suite twin bedroom, and a spacious sitting / dining room with veranda. [Both bedrooms can fit one extra bed, for children under the age of 16 years.]
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Things To Do

Activities

Game Drives: The Tortilis Camp guides are based at camp in Amboseli and know their backyard intimately. They know the individual elephants and their family histories. More than half of the guides at Tortilis are Masai, and have between them 80 years of guiding at Tortilis! All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified.
 
Tortilis Camp has open gamedrive vehicles, the first camp to use open vehicles in a National Park. The current fleet are new, specially fitted, 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers. The vehicles are unrivalled with feature enhancements specifically designed for comfort and photography – open sided with 3 rows of seats, photographic equipment stands, and charging sockets. Clients will share gamedrives unless “exclusive use of vehicle” has been prebooked at an extra charge.
 
With only 10% of Amboseli National Park utilized by most safari vehicles, combined with Tortilis Camp’s unique location on the western edge of the park (most lodges are outside of the eastern gate of the park), guests can enjoy an almost private Amboseli. We also have private gamedriving within our own 30,000 acre Kitirua Conservancy, which is the western part of the Amboseli ecosystem.
 
Guided Walks: Tortilis Camp’s walking guides are Masai from the local community, who have been walking over these plains since childhood.
 
Take the time to leave the car behind and enjoy the small things – tracks, dung beetles, micro-ecosystems. The guides are happy to share their knowledge of the terrain, traditional uses of wild herbs and barks, and the Masai way of life.
 
Swimming Pool: Enjoy the cool waters in the heat of the day! Within the lush green gardens, the pool is shaded by palms and acacia Tortilis, and a haven for tropical birds. The swimming pool has bar service and board games.
 
Bush Breakfast and Sundowners: Take a moment to sit back, enjoy the spectacular views, the smells, the colours, and the gentle breeze.
 
Bush breakfasts are a chance to enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife.
 
“Sundowners” are a safari tradition – after a day of safari; stop, watch the spectacular sunset; traditionally with a gin and tonic in hand!
 
Massage, Manicure and Pedicure: Safari is also a holiday and a rest – a break from today’s frenetic lifestyle. Tortilis Camp offers massages, manicures and pedicures.
 
Cultural Visits: In the heart of Masai country, Tortilis Camp offers visits to local Masai homesteads. The Masai live in semi-permanent huts known as Manyattas and it is the role of the wife to construct the hut from cattle dung and grass. The families will show you round their home for a fee (payable separately, ask reception for details), and will want to take the opportunity to sell their traditional handicrafts – bargain hard!
 
Tortilis Camp works with closely with the Masai community, and there are ways that you can get involved.
 
Known for their beautiful beadwork, spear in hand and bright red colored “shukkas” (blankets worn as clothes). The Masai co-exist with wildlife as they are traditionally nomadic and pastoral, they live off their cattle and goats; this is their lifestyle, jobs, and currency – it is thanks to this lifestyle that vast tracts of wilderness teaming with wildlife have been preserved.
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Price Guide

$ = Up to $100
$$ = $100 to $199
$$$ = $200 to $349
$$$$ = $350 to $599
$$$$$ = $600 +


Price per person, per night.