Fodor's Expert Review Tortilis Camp Amboseli

Amboseli National Park, Kajiado, Kenya

This rustic bush camp is named after the flat-topped Acacia tortilis trees that surround the main thatch-roof open bar, lounge, and dining room, which also overlooks a waterhole and has superb views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru in neighboring Tanzania. Your large tent sits under a huge thatch canopy and is raised up on a small platform with wooden floors, a king-size bed, and an en-suite bathroom with hot showers and flush toilets. If you want to catch up on your journal or bird and mammal lists, then relax on the comfortable furniture on your personal sitting area, or laze by the pool in between activities (such as game drives or guided bush walks, which the camp provides at an extra cost). There's also a family house with one double and one twin-bed room if you don't fancy splitting up between two tents. The tasty food is made with homegrown herbs and vegetables and the menu features both European and local dishes. While Tortilis borders Amboseli, it sits within its own private conservancy, which means that game walks with a Masaai guide are possible. The price includes the conservancy but not park fees.


  • stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • excellent library
  • lots of elephants and great birdlife


  • the tents are accessed by steep steps
  • it's about a 45-minute drive to Amboseli's central swampy regions
  • accommodations are nice but lighting is insufficient


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Phones: 0730-127–000-reservations


17 tents, 1 private house
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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