Named after the iconic flat-topped, umbrella-like acacia tree commonly found around the camp, Tortilis is widely regarded as the best lodge to appreciate Africa’s highest free-standing mountain – Kilimanjaro. It is also renowned for its reliably good elephant-viewing as some of the largest tuskers left on the continent still roam Amboseli, the small but very rich national park by which Tortilis is situated.

Tortilis’ 17 comfortable guest tents have private ensuite bathrooms, spacious verandas and glorious views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Guests have access to a central pool with bar service and there is a comfortably furnished main lounge with board games. For families, there is a child-friendly two-bedroom tent with a swimming pool shared only with guests staying in the Private House, a two-bedroom thatched chalet.

Meals are served in a spacious dining room, with canapes available in the bar and lounge before dinner. As with all quality safari lodges, guests have the option of dining in the bush. Of course, every afternoon safari concludes with a refreshing sundowner drink – traditionally a gin and tonic – as the sun sets over the plains.

More than half the guides at Tortilis are Maasai, and all are professionally certified. Game drives through Amboseli National Park and the camp’s private 30,000 acre concession take place in quality 4WD vehicles specially adapted for wildlife photography whilst walking safaris uncover smaller species, useful native herbs and the Maasai way of life.


How to get to Tortilis

Tortilis is 230km by road from Nairobi (just over 4 hours’ drive) or a 45-minute scheduled or charter flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport to the Amboseli airstrip.

Activities at Tortilis

  • Game drives in elephant-rich Amboseli National Park and in the private Kitirua conservancy
  • Bird-watching
  • Walking safaris
  • Bush dining and sundowners
  • Cultural visits to Maasai homesteads

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Tortilis Highlights

  • An inviting safari lodge with the most dramatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Renowned for some of the largest elephants in Africa
  • Game drives and excellent bird watching in Amboseli National Park
  • Guided walks possible in the Kitirua private conservancy
  • Authentic Maasai cultural visits

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Why Kenya: Since the early 19th century Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.

Game Viewing: Excellent game-viewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

Culture: Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

Climate: Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

Combine With: Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.

Getting There: The gateway to Kenya is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi is linked by daily air services from Australia via the UAE or Qatar in the Middle East or via Johannesburg in South Africa.

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