Fodor's Expert Review Ol Tukai Lodge

Amboseli National Park, Kajiado, Kenya

This popular lodge is a central feature of Amboseli National Park as it's part of the fenced-off area in the middle of the park where the KWS headquarters are located, but Ol Tukai itself has only a very low electric fence which does not get in the way of the simply tremendous views across the animal-studded plains to the east. As you walk to your room, spot herds of elephants and plains game as far as the eye can see. Bird-watching is good, too, with more than 400 species to be identified, and Ol Tukai offers specialized 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. It 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. The public areas are open and spacious and the lounges, dining areas, and bar occupy multilevel wooden decks. The restaurant serves à la carte menus as well as set buffets. One of the highlights here is the large figure-eight shaped swimming pool where you can relax on a sunbed and watch wildebeest and zebra graze nearby. Extra services include massages, babysitting, and laundry.


  • rooms are very spacious
  • the views of Kilimanjaro are fantastic
  • the large, fenced-in property is great for kids


  • game drives, airstrip transfers, and other activities are not included
  • Wi-Fi can be intermittent
  • the monkeys and baboons can make a racket at night




Phones: 020-444–5514-reservations


80 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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