This was the start of our first ever trip to Kenya and it set the bar incredibly high
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Amboseli National Park & Kitirua Private Conservancy, Kenya
- Unrivalled views from the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro
- Some of the oldest elephants seen in the whole of Africa
- Experienced guides who create engaging, bespoke safaris
Facilities includeSwimming pool Spa treatments Bar Main lounge
- Game Drives
- Spa Treatments
- Cultural Visits
- Bush Breakfasts
- Guided Bush Walks
Seasons in Kenya
About Tortilis Camp
Tortilis Camp is widely regarded as the prime location for witnessing the majesty of Africa’s largest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.
Amboseli is also known for its magnificent elephants - over 1,000 elephants in the park’s eco-system, featuring some of the largest in Africa. 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, with the majestic backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain – the snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000 acre game concession.
The tents are all 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.
A second new swimming pool has opened for the exclusive use of guests in the Family Tent and Private House. The new pool is complemented by a completely redeveloped Private House, with larger windows, extended roof and new furnishings.
Tortilis Camp is built on community land adjoining the Park. More than 60% of Tortilis staff come from the local community and are trained at camp, resulting in approximately 40 Maasai staff members who are able to care for up to 400-500 family members and friends. Tortilis Camp leases 30,000 acres from the local community, creating the Kitirua Conservancy. This is another way that the local community benefits directly from tourism, and helps preserve an important part of the Amboseli eco-system.
Tortilis has contributed funds to build Esiteti Primary School, which opened in August 2011 with future plans to help fund a dormitory and clinic. We offer clients the opportunity to get involved with projects at the school. Tortilis Camp supports the African Conservation Centre in its rangeland rehabilitation research project. The camp has rebuilt and maintains on a daily basis the elephant ‘exclosure’ protecting the Olengaiya Spring, and thereby allowing the spring vegetation to regenerate and once again provide a home for a myriad of species.
In January 2012, Tortilis began donating $10 per bed night to Big Life Foundation, but shortly after, in July 2012, we drew up a long-term agreement with Big Life to manage the Kitirua Conservancy, paying them KES 2.1M in 2012, KES 2.4M in 2013 and KES 2.52M in 2014. Big Life Foundation, founded by the famous wildlife photographer Nick Brandt, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Amboseli’s ecosystem and the protection of wildlife through a community-based collaborative approach.
Through this payment to Big Life, Tortilis gives financial and practical support to the Amboseli Tsavo Game Scout Association (ATGSA), which recruits and trains local Maasai men as game scouts to work under the Big Life umbrella. Their goal is to ensure the continued safety and security of the flora and fauna of Amboseli and Tsavo, and to educate their own people about wildlife/tourism benefits. The vast majority of Kenya’s wildlife is outside national parks and the community land between the Amboseli and Tsavo National Park is vital to the ecosystem.
Tortilis conducts walking safaris with local Maasai guides so that guests can be educated on the Maasai culture and opt for a more environmentally friendly way of exploring the wilderness. Rubbish is responsibly disposed of or recycled. Glass is separated and sold to the recycling plant, ‘Central Glass’ in Nairobi. All funds raised from the sale of glass are donated to the C&P Community Trust. Tortilis supplies the local community with unlimited access to clean drinking water, and the staff operate a provisions shop for them. We have also built separate washing facilities specifically designed for the elders from local communities. Tortilis Camp has been awarded “Silver Level” by Ecotourism Kenya in recognition of its high level of environmental responsibility.
Altitude: 4,000 ft
Rainfall: Approximately 220mm per year
Hot days, cool nights, low humidity
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
Amboseli airstrip is a 45 minutes drive from the camp
Once daily scheduled Air Kenya flight departing Nairobi Wilson at 7.30am
Twice daily scheduled Safarilink flights departing Nairobi Wilson at 8.15am and 2.00pm
Once daily scheduled Mombasa Air flight departing Mombasa at 7.30
Once daily scheduled Mombasa Air flight departing the Maasai Mara at 2.00pm
Private Charter from anywhere
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Tortilis Camp is open all year round.
Green Season: 16th March - 31st May
Mid Season: June, 1st October - 20th December
High Season: July - September and 21st December - 2nd January
There is individual dining at Tortilis Camp. The camp has a daily set menu.
Breakfast: 06h30 to 09h30
Lunch: 13h00 to 14h30
Dinner: 20h00 to 21h30
Please inform us about any dietary requirements or allergies prior to arrival. Guests that have booked to arrive before lunch, but do not, are charged for an extra lunch on their day of departure (if they require lunch on their day of departure).
Please note that Tortilis Camp is situated in a location of minimal malarial risk. Accommodation that is situated higher than 4,000ft, including Tortilis Camp, can be considered malaria free.
Despite the aridity of the area around Tortilis, ground water is plentiful due to melt water from Mount Kilimanjaro. Tortilis tap water is regularly tested and is absolutely safe for drinking. Mineral water is also available free of charge (from the bar and in tents). Clients will be issued with re-fillable ‘anti-bottles’.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome at Tortilis Camp.
Children aged between 0 - 5 years are free of charge if they are sharing with an adult.
A child in their own room will be charged a single room rate.
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