Seductively embraced by a romantic hillside setting, Tortilis Camp lies on the edge of Amboseli National Park. The main lodge building is open-sided and gazes out onto the soaring snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. You may see the mountain from both bar and dining room. What nicer way to enjoy the delicious Italian food, in which Tortilis specializes, and simultaneously to watch Mount "Kili" slowly reveal itself from behind the clouds - food for body and soul.
Seventeen dark-green, thatched-roofed tents are set among trees and shrubs providing luxurious accommodation. Each tent boasts a generous stone verandah with comfy wicker chairs and a traditional style day bed on which to lounge in peace. Inside, carved gourds are made into lamps and African rugs highlight the wooden floors. The private bathrooms have hot showers and flush loos. The lodge works closely with the local Masai community from whom it leases the land, and they receive a fee per guest. Tortilis offers nature walks guided by the local Masai, which are absolutely fascinating. They are happy to pass on their traditions and medicinal lore and to point out which plants they use and which they avoid.
Within Amboseli the elephant are very habituated to people (it is the site of the longest running elephant study in the world) and visitors may observe them for long periods in order to see the interaction of the herd. The Amboseli herds are famous for the size of both elephants and their tusks. There are also lion, a high concentration of hyena, cape buffalo, waterbuck and serval, among many others. The camp, however, is electric-fenced and so you may walk alone at night without feeling anxious! Excellent birding is on offer. There are around four hundred species, including flamingo, a variety of waders and one weaver bird particular to Amboseli. Despite the huge range of birdlife, perhaps the favorite bird at Tortilis is the barn own that lives in the rafters of the high, pitched roof of the bar, and swoops out on his nightly forays just as the guests are sipping their sundowners. At Tortilis you really are close to nature.