One cannot be more awe-inspired by the contrasts and enormity of the African landscape than upon arrival at this award-winning, ecotourism lodge in Amboseli National Park. Built with a sensitive eye to its surrounding environment, Tortilis Camp sits nestled in a verdant acacia grove at the foot of the majestic, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Luxury tents with private en-suite bathrooms and unrivalled views of the mountain make this the ultimate place from which to get up close & personal with the abundant wildlife, especially Amboseli’s famous land leviathan, the African Elephant.
Tortilis Camp is a magical escape from the hustle and bustle of life in the fast lane. Early European explorers met derision and disbelief when they reported a snow capped mountain close to the equator—Mount Kilimanjaro. Feelings of disbelief and awe hit you as you arrive at Tortilis Camp, facing this magnificent mountain, as the sun dazzles the white snowcap.
Tortilis Camp is a charming, rustic tented camp, shaded by a natural forest of Acacia Tortilis thorn trees after which the camp is named. The trees and shrubs bustle with bird life, the views seem endless across the plains to Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru in Tanzania.
The camp won the British Airways regional award for ecotourism and has earned an international reputation for its commitment to the environment with its rustic simplicity, unobtrusive design and attention to comfort without compromising the ecosystem. The tents are large, the emphasis is on service and comfort. Each tent leads from a bedroom with expansive king-size or generous twin beds, through a dressing area into modern bathrooms with pressured hot showers and flush toilets.Each tent is raised up on a wooden deck and sheltered by a makuti (thatched) roof overhanging a large verandah, ideal for an early afternoon siesta…
This is a great place to start a safari, relax and acclimatise. The food is part of the charm: North Italian traditional recipes from the owner’s family cookbook, complimented by delicious salads and herbs grown in the camp’s own garden. Here clients enjoy varied game viewing and can also spend time following the matriarchal elephant herds from the luxury of open sided safari Land Rovers; or walk with a trained Maasai guide, sip sundowners on top of Kitirua hill as the sun sets colouring the snows of Kilimanjaro pink, bush breakfasts out on the plains or a visit to one of the Maasai manyattas (villages) to meet the Maasai women, watch the Morans (young warriors) dance and experience their age-old existence.