Tortilis Camp lies on the edge of Amboseli National Park with views of the soaring snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Seventeen thatch-roofed tents boast stone verandas with comfy chairs. All have private bathrooms and are decorated “Maasai style.” Here, the famed habituated herds of elephants are known for both the size of the individual elephants and their tusks. There are also lions, a high concentration of hyenas, cape buffalo, waterbuck and serval, among many others. Excellent birding abounds with 400species, including flamingos, a variety of waders and one weaver bird specific to Amboseli.
Maasai-guided nature walks provide a glimpse into the tribe's fascinating culture, in addition to extensive wildlife drives in the mornings and afternoons, in search of the legendary elephant herds with Kilimanjaro in the background.
Ol Donyo Lodge
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Located in the Chyulu Range the Chyulu Hills are the youngest range of volcanic hills in Africa. They are situated halfway between Tsavo and Amboseli on a concession of 300,000 acres of communally owned Maasai land, known as Mbirikani Group Ranch. The open plains, rolling hills and the snow topped Kilimanjaro invoke images of Africa as it was in the earlier part of the last century. Abundant wildlife and Maasai herdsmen live, as nature determined they should, in this unspoiled corner of Kenya. Seven individual cottages have en suite bathrooms, electric lighting and a veranda with spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Activities: Day and night wildlife drives, cultural visits to Maasai Villages
Special Attraction: Game viewing from blinds built over water holes.
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