Located over to the west of Amboseli National Park, Tortilis is the best camp in the area. Located in its own private concession it is in one of the best areas, away from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to have easy access to the park. Run by Elewana, it has long been a favourite with clients, keen to see the famous elephants with the magnificent Kilimanjaro backdrop. All in all a great choice for those wanting to see elephants and a great warm up before the Maasai Mara.
Tortilis - The Details
Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over one-thousand elephants in the parks eco-system, featuring some of the largest tusked in Africa, most notably Craig who has become a bit of a celebrity due to his relaxed nature and floor-sweeping tusks.
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. Wwith 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 the private thirty-thousand acre Kitrua concession.
All sixteen tents are all large and spacious, with king or twin beds and 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 and the waterhole below. For larger groups and multigenerational families, the family tent and private house offer the perfect retreat away from the main camp. Aside from being set away from the main camp, these rooms also have access to a private infinity pool and private vehicle.
For photographers and birders, Amboseli is a must visit and Tortilis is the only camp to consider. With the option to alight from the vehicle on the dry riverbed at your guide's discretion, the low angle shots of Amboseli's famour elephants are incredible. Add to this a sunrise with flamingoes on the Lake's edge and the plethora of birdlife in the park's swamp and you could not wish for a more beautiful or photographic scene.
Amboseli is however a very seasonal destination. During the dry months the game congregates around the meltwaters from Kilimanjaro that supply the park through natural underground waterways. Herds of wildebeest, zebra and a multitude of other mammals congregate between June through to mid-November and during January and February, but whilst the long rains fall in April and May, the animals disperse into the surrounding wilderness, leaving very limited game behind.
For elephant lovers Tortilis serves as the perfect Africa Safari