I spent two wonderful days at Tortillis in early March. I was met at the Amboseli airstrip by Alex who would be my guide for the next two days. Alex was great and took great care of me during the game drives. I immediately set off on a game drive before going to the camp with two other guests who had been on the same plane from Nairobi.
We were met on arrival at the camp by the managers Andrea and Manuela who took incredible care of us during our stay. Tortillis is beautiful with a number of tents around the property. My tent, #1 was down the hill from the public areas and had a view of Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is not always visible due to haze and cloud but I was fortunate for the two days I was there and she was showing off her snow capped peaks which became more visible as the haze lifted during the day. My tent was very comfortable and I was able to charge my batteries for my camera equipment. There is wifi in the bar area if needed. I was trying to keep up a travel blog so I found it very useful. The walk from my tent to the main lodge up the hill in the hot mid afternoon sun was not fun, but I needed the exercise! The swimming pool is very refreshing and you can have enjoy a drink while you are there.
My morning started off with coffee and biscuits being delivered to my tent and shortly after that we were heading out for our morning game drive. Our guide Alex was very knowledgable and made the game drive very informative. Amboseli is known for elephants and I was not disappointed. The elephants are very tolerant of the jeeps and we got very close. It was wonderful to see the moms with their babies.
Later in the morning we were treated to an amazing bush breakfast. It was quite an experience to be served amazing fruit, omelettes, bacon and sausage, miles from the camp in the middle of Amboseli.
That afternoon we elected for a walking safari in the care of our guide Alex and Jack (Jumping Jack), a Maasai warrior. It was a lovely ninety minute walk with Jack and Alex pointing out various animal hoof prints and droppings along with various shrubs used for medicinal purposes. Only the last ten minutes of the walk was a mild challenge, having to walk up an incline to the top of the mountain. We were rewarded for our efforts as we were met by camp jeeps to provide sundowners and snacks while we watched the sunset. Luckily, we did not have to walk back to camp!
The food and service at Tortillis was great. As the managers are Italian, we were treated to some amazing pastas. Tortillis has its own one acre vegetable garden from which they produce amazing salads.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amboseli is best known for its unrivaled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the park eco-system, featuring some of the largest elephants 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, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tortilis Camp Hotel Amboseli Eco-System