Tortilis Camp Amboseli
Amboseli National Park, Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya, Kenya
At a Glance
Watch game come to drink at the water hole
Relax by the swimming pool
Game drives in the Amboseli National Park
Stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day
See the vast herds of elephant as they move into the Amboseli National Park to drink
Best time to Visit
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The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter.
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Tortilits Camp is a family friendly safari camp with breathtaking views, situated in the heart of Amboseli National Park. The camp has 17 spacious tented rooms with large verandas. There are beautiful views of mount Kilimanjaro from the camp.
Tortilis Camp lies in the heart of Amboseli National Park and faces the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. As you arrive at the camp, the view of its snow-capped peak and the surrounding plains will simply take your breath away.
This award-winning eco-tourism camp has a well earned reputation for its commitment to the environment because of its rustic simplicity, unobtrusive design and attention to detail and comfort. The spacious safari tents are raised on wooden platforms and sheltered from the heat of the day by a makuti (thatched) roof. Each tent has a large comfortable bed and en-suite bathroom with pressurised hot shower and flushing toilet. The stone veranda offers privacy for those wanting to read a book or enjoy a siesta on the traditional lamu day bed.
Tortilis is a family friendly camp and the expert guides know how to make a bush walk or game drive ’come alive’ for young guests. Early mealtimes and a baby listening service are also available. Tortilis is perfect if you want to take a bush breakfast, watch the elephant herds following their ancient rituals, go on game drives, visit the local Maasai village, sip an evening sundowner or just lie by the pool.
Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled 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 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. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000 acre game concession.
The accommodation at Tortilis is in 17 tents, all are large and spacious, with king or twin beds, elegant en-suite bathrooms. There are nine doubles and eight twin bedded tents. There is also a larger family tent, which has two en-suite bedrooms. There is one family house with a double and a twin room both are en-suite bedrooms and a private sitting room. All rooms can fit one extra bed, for children under the age of 16.
Tortilis Camp welcomes children although there are no specific childcare facilities. Food can be tailored to suit children and earlier meal times can be arranged where necessary. Babysitting can also be organized for those that require it. There is a two bedroom family house as well as a two bedroom family tent.
Tortilis has am inviting, large swimming pool nestled in between the trees with comfy sun beds on which to relax between safaris. There is also the option of a massage from a trained therapist and the camp has a curio shop selling local arts and crafts.
The activities available from Tortilis Camp include game drives in 4x4 open sided Land Cruisers, guided bush walks, bush breakfasts and sundowners. There is the opportunity to visit local Maasai villages and interact with the local tribes which is a truly memorable experience.
Olivia Hollowood (Staff)
Tortilis is perched in a great position on one of Amboseli's hills giving you fabulous views and on clear days you can also see Mount Kilimanjaro. I arrived around lunchtime after an eventful drive from the airstrip seeing wildebeest, warthogs, lots of hungry looking hyenas and then my favorite - hundreds of elephants (Amboseli is well known for the Elephants!)
As Tortilis was my first stop on safari in Kenya I couldn't wait to get out and explore on foot as you can opt for a walking safari here. After a quick look around their plentiful herb and vegetable garden our Masaai guide led us out towards Mount Kilimanjaro and as we walked in his footsteps we learned all sorts of fascinating facts - best of all, he showed us how they made toothbrushes from the 'toothbrush tree'! He then led us up a hill (which helped to walk off our lunch) to a stunning spot for our sundowners where we could see the sun setting over the camp in the distance along with the snowy peak of Kilimanjaro!
With a refreshing swimming pool and small spa where you can get various treatments, Tortilis is great for families and couples wanting a mixture between a traditional tented safari and a luxury lodge - and the food was delicious!
Louisa Verney (Staff)
I had grown up on stories of my mother's camping adventures in the Amboseli in the 1960s so it was a place I was excited about visiting.
The park is quite striking and the lodge is situated in a lovely position overlooking a waterhole, so we were lucky enough to see herds of elephant coming in to drink with Mount Kilimanjaro rising behind.
While I felt the camp could do with a slight refurbishment (this has now happened and it's looking fantastic) the area was very dry when I visited - 2009 - as the droughts had hit so there was a lot of dust and thirsty animals around. Since then the rains have hit and the park was transformed into a swathe of green; it's amazing to see how quickly it can recover at the first few drops of rain.
Game drives in the Maasai Mara
Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
The Great Migration
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Walking in the Maasai Mara
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.
Location & directions
Amboseli National Park, Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya, Kenya
Tortilis Camp is located on the edge of Amboseli National Game Reserve, on the southern boarder of Kenya, overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight from London to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute trip by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Amboseli airstrip take about 1-hour. Amboseli is a 45-minute drive from the camp.