We stayed at Amboseli Tortilis Camp for two nights in August and it was absolutely fantastic. After taking a couple of hour game drive from the Amboseli airstrip we were greeted at our arrival by the camp manager Bart.
Accomodations are in luxurious "tents" that are a downhill walk from the lounge/dining areas. The walk back up could be quite a challenge if you have trouble walking, however a 73 year old we met handled it easily.
There is an electric fence to keep out animals, but it probably wouldn't do too much to stop an elephant he you got him mad.
As with most Kenyan tent camps, the generators are tuned off at night so you don't have any lights from around midnight to 5am. We were too tired to do anything other than sleep anyway.
Your wake-up call for the 630am game drive is a pleasant tone from one of the workers who brings you coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The tents each have a safe. Battery charging is at the bar, so bring your own 3-prong British style adaptor if you are traveling from the USA.
At lunch we saw Yellow baboons, Grant's Gazelles and impalas around the watering hole. Later in the day elephants made their daily visit to the water.
We saw 23 different animals on our first day of game drives -common zebra, Wildebeest, Warthog, Spotted hyena, Hippos, Masai giraffe, African Cape Buffalo, African elephant, Egyptian Geese, Impala, Thompson Gazelle, Cattle Egrit, ostrich, Reedbuck, Blacksmith Plover, Grants gazelle, Superb starling, White Headed Buffalo Weaver, Vulture, Yellow Baboon, Dwarf Mongoose, African Jacana and Yellow Necked Spurfowl.
Mt Kilimanjaro provided awesome views at dawn on our first morning.
On our second day we saw more new animals - Maribou Stork, Common Water Buck, Sacred Ibis, a pregnant Cheetah and Golden Jackel.
Our favorite sight at Amboseli was close-up viewing of a lion family - one male, two females and 3 cubs.
We visited a nearby Masai village and paid 1500 shillings ($20) each to enter, take all the pictures we wanted and ask questions. It was well worth it. The Masai danced for us and with us, took us into their village and sold us their goods.
It was very chilly on our morning game drive. I wore a t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt and a jacket. They were peeled off layer by layer as the day warmed up.
The camp did a delicious breakfast of omelets, cereal, fruit, bread, etc. in the bush for us. The girls were thrilled that they brought a Port-A-Potty out to the bush too.
Amboseli Tortilis is fantastic.
- 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