Tortilis Camp


The first of its kind, Tortilis Camp was the first “boutique eco-lodge” in Kenya. Being a professional safari guide, and with a passion for the wilderness, Stefano designed a lodge that blends into the hillside, deliberately difficult to see, small generators and invertors, built using local materials and most importantly of all – employing the majority of its staff from the local Masai community, the first and still the only camp in Amboseli to do so.


Amboseli is known for its magnificent elephants – a population of over 1000 elephants reside in the parks eco-system that features some of the largest in Africa. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals all take place both inside the Amboseli National Park and within a private 30,000 acre game concession, offering fantastic opportunities for wildlife photography.


Tortilis Camp features a spacious dining room overlooking Mt Kilimanjaro, sitting lounge, swimming pool and fully stocked bar. The camp also offers an onsite wellness center for manicures, pedicures and full body massage.


Tents at Tortilis Camp


With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp,Tortilis Camp’s 16 tents all have 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 veranda. Let us know if you require twin beds or double bed.


Family Tents at Tortilis Camp


With outstanding views of Mt Kilimanjaro, enjoyed from the comfort of your own private family verandah, 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 verandah. Featuring a brand new swimming pool shared with the Private House.


Tortilis Camp Private House


The Private House consists of one en-suite double bedroom, one en-suite twin bedroom, and a spacious sitting / dining room with veranda boasts the same spectaculliar views of the mountain and also features a swimming pool shared with the family tents.


Dining at Tortilis Camp


With an invitingly lush and healthy vegetable garden, Tortilis Camp prides itself in serving up its fresh homegrown salads and vegetables with every meal. From lavish bush breakfast out in the middle of the plains, to fresh homemade pastas and breads at the camp, the Tortilis chefs excel themselves with every meal.


Activities at Tortilis Camp


Activities at Tortilis Camp included morning and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicle through Aboseli National Park as well as the camp's 30,000 acre private Kitirua Conservancy, which is the western part of the Amboseli ecosystem. Guided walking safaris are also offered and are a wonderful way to take in the bush life and get a feel for Africa underfoot.


Immerse yourself in the local life with a cultural visit to a local Masai homestead. Known for their beautiful bead work, 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.


For a relaxing start to your day, take a moment to sit back, enjoy the spectacular views, the smells, the colors, and the gentle breeze with a bush breakfast. Enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife. Another great safari tradition are“Sundowners” – after a day of safari; stop, watch the spectacular sunset in traditional style with a gin and tonic in hand!


Amboseli National Park


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


Tortilis Camp is on the south western edge of the park, facing the mountain and is accessed from within the National Park. It overlooks its own private wildlife conservancy, Kitirua, 30,000 acres. Away from the busy eastern side of Amboseli, and with its own private conservancy, guests experience a wild and private Amboseli.


The area is famous for the dramatic views of Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, and the highest peak on the African continent. Kilimanjaro at 19,340ft or 5,894m rises dramatically out of the 4000ft (1,200m) Amboseli plains. An extinct volcano with two peaks, rocky Mwenzi and Kibo a crater rim. The glaciers on the mountain are slowly disappearing with global warming, but it remains snow capped as any precipitation on the mountain settles as snow. Despite being in Tanzania, the best views of the mountain are from Amboseli, with Tortilis Camp on a south-west hillside facing the mountain, having the most dramatic views of all.


Amboseli is also famous for its elephant herds, which have been followed and documented by world renowned researcher Cynthia Moss. Amboseli has some of the largest elephants in Africa, and the guides at Tortilis Camp know the individual elephants, their family history, and are able to get very close to the habituated herds.


Much of Amboseli incorporates the dried up bed of a Pleistocene lake, with lush deep fresh water springs in the middle of the park a haven for hippos and bird life and a playground for elephants. As well as plentiful plains game and their predators, the area hosts its own eastern white bearded wildebeest migration, a population that is genetically separate from the Masai Mara/Serengeti population.


Tortilis Camp


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