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Tortilis Tented Camp

Tortilis Tented Camp, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Tortilis Camp has, in our opinion, the best location in Amboseli.

It is located in a quiet area in the southern reaches of the park and has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The camp is situated around a small kopje. There is a busy waterhole below, and sitting in a comfortable armchair in the bar you may often see elephant, zebra, gazelle and giraffe come to drink.

High up on the kopje, the dining and living room are superbly situated in a stone and thatch building, totally open on one side to Mount Kilimanjaro. The bar has deep comfortable chairs, lots of reference books and a highly polished gramophone in one corner. The dining room has lots of tables-with-a-view and serves superb buffet breakfasts and lunches and excellent three course dinners (Tortilis Camp grow a great deal of their own vegetables and herbs and food is always fresh and delicious). Nearby there is also a small curio shop.

During the heat of the day, relax by the swimming pool and enjoy the never-ending views across the plains. Guests can also enjoy a massage if they need a bit of pampering after a long day on safari.

Walking along small stone paths down the hill you come to the 17 tents, spaced well apart in and around the tortilis trees and vegetation. Each tent is under thatch and has a large cool veranda with Swahili day bed as well as comfortable chairs. Inside, there are polished wooden floors, double or twin beds and simple en suite bathrooms.

There is a family tent, too, which has two ensuite bedrooms and a private verandah overlooking Kilimanjaro. Sitting on the veranda of your tent you may see elephants coming to water, francolins scuttling from bush to bush or even mongooses and dik diks.

Our rating: First Class

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