Tortilis camp gets its name after the Tortilis Acacia (the umbrella Throne tree), a charming rustic tented camp built into the side of a hill, opposite the foot hill of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Your first view across the tree-studded plains towards the snow-capped mountain stops you in your trace as you walk into the camp. The camp is situated in many trees and shrubs, bustling with bird life.
Your room has plenty of fresh air, a tent raised on a wooden platform, protected by a makuti (thatched ) roof.
You enter from your private stone verandah with a comfortable lamu style day bed (perfect for rest in the afternoon) into the main tent.
The light yellowish-brown canvas, striking furnishings and local artefacts provide all tents with a stylish and relaxing charm.
The double or twin beds are generous and make you feel physically relaxed. From the dressing room, a door leads into the bathroom joined to the bedroom, which bathroom has got an excellent high pressure shower, hot spring-fed water and a flush toilet.
At Tortilis camp, children are welcome. Early meal times and a baby sitting service are offered, our knowledgeable guides know how to offer a bush walk or safari game drive ‘come alive’ for travellers who are young during the day.
During the day when it is hot, children enjoy a refreshing dip, with iced drinks offered at the poolside bar, while big people can rest by the swimming pool.
Amboseli is a place of contrasts, in the hot dry season, mirages show up on the dusty horizon; all over the year, the elephant group of animals follow their very old rituals, moving from the Tortilis forests to the swamps everyday. During the green season, water birds like flamingo, pelican, Egyptian geese, flock to the park and the arid plains turn bright green over the night.
The traditional cultural heritage in Amboseli is strong. The Maasai communities stick to the lifestyle of long ago, herding and trading cattle, a kind of life which they will share with you in their manyattas (Maasai homes), a circle of dung and mud huts protected by a barrier of thorns against the animals that kill and eat other animals.
Walks into the bush are led by Masai guides at Tortilis camp, while giving knowledge about traditional medicine and importances of local flora and Masai folklore.
Moving into the bush is part of the magic of a safari: following a track or smell left by the animals passing camp the previous night, smelling the crushed leaves where animals have eaten, listening to the birds singing, as well as looking at them overhead, you touch and feel the wild this way.
It is found at Amboseli National Park South of Nairobi in Kenya.
It borders Tanzania.
Un obstructed view of mount Kilimanjaro.
Took the British Airways Regional Award for Ecotourism in 1995.
17 large tents, put up on wooden decks and sheltered with makuti (thatched ) roofs. 10 having king size beds, and 7 having twin beds.
Large sheltered verandas, all having a lamu day bed, wonderful views and privacy.
Guided nature walks bush breakfast.