Ol Tukai Lodge
Amboseli National Reserve, Kajiado, Kenya
Within the boundaries of Amboseli National Park but on private land, this is an ideal location to spot game such as the famously studied Amboseli elephants. In fact, Ol Tukai claims that this is the best place in the world to watch elephants. Apart from the plains game and its attendant predators, there are more than 400 species of birds to be identified, and Ol Tukai offers specially designed bird walks through its grounds for beginners and experts alike; it's a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself or the kids to the world of birds. This resort manages to be both modern and traditional—its facilities are world class, but its feel and ambience are unmistakably African. The resort is set amid acres of well-kept lawns dotted with the familiar symbol of the plains—Acacia tortilis trees—and has a superb view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. En-suite chalets, built of local stone and slate, are furnished with handcrafted wooden furniture and decorated with faux animal-skin fabrics, rugs, and throws; each has a personal veranda. Public areas are open and spacious; everywhere you go you'll have a different view. For that special group celebration, choose the three-bedroom stone and wood Kibo Villa, tucked away in its own private 5 acres where you can self-cater or eat at the main lodge. Babysitters are available.
- rooms are very spacious
- the views of Kilimanjaro are fantastic
- the large, fenced-in property is great for kids
- game drives and other activities are not included in the price
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