Tortilis Camp, Amboseli Safari Lodge
About 140km south of Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is second only to the Maasai Mara as the most popular safari area in Kenya. It’s famous for its huge elephant population and scenic beauty, with the iconic snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Tortilis Camp is recognised as the only boutique safari camp within the area
* Tortilis Camp Highlights
- ∞One of the Kenya’s most popular safari destinations
- ∞Unsurpassed views of snow-covered Mt Kilimanjaro
- ∞Famous for its massive elephant population
- ∞Lush wetlands attracts over 600 bird species
- ∞Excellent game-viewing in a pristine, uncrowded area of Amboseli
- ∞Vast traversing area in both Amboseli and private Kitirua Conservancy
- ∞Luxury, exclusive lodge: 16 safari tents, 1 family tent, 1 private house
More about this accommodation
Mt Kilimanjaro is the world’s largest free-standing mountain. Tortilis Camp, one of the most luxurious and exclusive safari stays in the Amboseli, offers unrivalled views of this Kenyan icon.
Luxury safari tents
At Tortilis Camp, you can choose one of 16 luxury en-suite safari tents, a family tent and a newly-renovated private house complete with an exclusive-use swimming pool. The family tent and private house each have a master bedroom and a separate twin-bed room, both en-suite, with a shared veranda.
Huge variety of wildlife
With a resident population of 1500 elephants, numerous Cape buffalo, impala, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, lion, cheetah and many varieties of gazelle, the Amboseli attracts over 600 species of birds, including pelicans, kingfishers, crakes and hamerkops. 47 types of raptors have been listed here.
Most of the lodges in Amboseli are centrally situated with game drive traversing rights within 10% of the park. Tortilis Camp is in a remote south-west corner of the park and has traversing on both Amboseli and the 30,000 acre private Kitirua Wildlife Conservancy.
Tortilis Camp was awarded “Silver Level” Ecotourism Kenya and was one of the first ‘eco-lodges’ in East Africa.
It operates 100% on solar power. All glass, engine oil, tyres, scrap metal, PET plastic and e-waste is recycled and all organic matter is composted. Guests are issued with refillable “anti-bottles” which has reduced the use of plastic bottles by 90%. Tortilis works closely with the local Maasai community to actively promote conservation, provide employment, build and equip schools and offers conservation-based educational scholarships. Their vehicles are open 4x4, with inverters that charge while you’re on game drives.
By air: Daily flights connect from Wilson Airport, Nairobi; Mombasa Airport and the Maasai Mara to Amboseli airstrip, a 45-minute game-drive away from Tortilis Camp. Charter flights can be arranged.
By road: Just over 4-hours’ drive from Nairobi
Our Take on Tortilis Camp
A luxury, well-run and very community and conservation-minded camp, Tortilis is safely away from the crowds and has some of the best game viewing in Kenya. Their hands-on guiding, hospitality and excellent cuisine is superb. Yes, definitely gets our vote!
- ∞Full board accommodation, water, tea & coffee
- ∞Soft drinks, house wines, local beers & spirits
- ∞Safari activities, including game drives, guided bush walks, bush picnics, sundowners
- ∞Amboseli airstrip transfers
- ∞Limited laundry
- ∞All statutory taxes (approx. 25%), inlcuding VAT
- xConservancy fees
- xPremium-branded drinks & cellar wines
- xMassage treatments
- xMaasai cultural visit entry fee
- xKWS Park fees & Kitirua Conservancy Fees
- xExtra lunch, picnic lunch
- xExclusive use of vehicle
- xNamanga transfer
- xCynthia Moss' Elephant Research visit
- xLate departures
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= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.