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Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp

Resting in the shadow of colossal Mount Kilimanjaro lies Tortilis Camp, the only luxury tented camp in the area. Located at the southwest edge of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, Tortilis Camp is named after a native tree, the Acacia Tortilis; and the camp itself is nestled in woodlands full of these flat-topped umbrella thorn trees. However, the trees do little to distract from the main event. Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain at almost 20,000 feet and the world’s highest free-standing mountain.

Tortilis’s main camp areas feature impressive views of the mountain and also overlook a nearby waterhole, providing plenty of opportunity for game viewing. Natural materials and thatched roofs add to the ambiance of the open lounge, bar, and dining areas. Guests enjoy eating at their own individual tables and relish the fresh, homegrown fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in the kitchen garden.

Each of the sixteen makuti-covered tents invites guests to relax and enjoy their stay. Wooden floors under the main bedroom area and a permanent en-suite bathroom add to the luxurious feel while providing an “Out of Africa” experience. The generously-sized veranda opens to nature, offering exceptional views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The newly added family tent includes one double en suite bedroom, one twin en suite bedroom, and a large, private veranda. An additional bed can be added to each bedroom for children under sixteen.

Another option for accommodation is the private house, consisting of one en-suite double bedroom, one en-suite twin bedroom. and a roomy sitting/dining room with veranda. Romantically draped beds, natural elements, and panoramic views add to the drama of a stay in the Tortilis Private House.

Your trip of a lifetime can include safari activities such as daily game drives in new 4 x 4 Land Cruisers, guided bush walks, bush breakfasts, and sundowners. Fun, relaxing activities like swimming pools and massages counterbalance more educational activities such as cultural visits and excursions to the Cynthia Moss Elephant Research Center.

Children and adults alike enjoy Amboseli National Park’s over 1,000 elephants, the families of which have been closely followed for generations. Cynthia Moss has studied some of these local giants for over twenty-five years, and their size is larger than most African elephants due mainly to their being protected for decades. Other plentiful wildlife includes lion, cheetah, giraffe, hyena, and wildebeest.

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