Elewana Tortilis sits close to Kenya’s southern border in the Amboseli National Park, one of Africa’s richest expanses of wilderness. Watched over by the imposing mass of Mount Kilimanjaro, the camp is surrounded by abundant habitats which include sulphur springs, dry lake beds, woodland and savannah. This diversity makes the park one of the finest places to see some of the continent’s most charismatic creatures.
While you might spot creatures such as lions, leopards, zebras, kudus and crocodiles, the real stars are the more than 1000 elephants who call Amboseli home. Camp guides will lead you on expeditions to get to know these mighty beasts, sharing their years of experience living and working alongside them. You’ll head out on game drives for incredible close encounters, in specially adapted open-topped vehicles designed for uninterrupted observation and photography of the elephants and other animals you see. You can also take guided walking tours through the awe-inspiring landscape, allowing you to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region.
Back at the camp, Tortilis provides plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation. Offering a luxurious spin on the traditional safari, the camp’s spacious tents sit in the shade of thatched makuti shelters. Their welcoming interiors feature polished floors, private bathrooms and vintage wooden furniture, enlivened by colourful fabrics and intricately woven rugs. Each one opens onto its own expansive terrace, where you can luxuriate in the sights, sounds and scents of the Kenyan wilderness. Larger parties can opt for the family tent or private house. These palatial properties share a cooling swimming pool and offer some of the camp’s best views of Kilimanjaro’s glacier-topped summit.
Alongside safari activities, Tortilis also offers a selection of other things to see and do. You can pay a visit to a local Maasai community to learn about their fascinating cultural traditions, or treat yourself a soothing massage. You can also enjoy an alfresco bush breakfast in the company of Amboseli’s wildlife and experience a traditional safari sundowner with a refreshing gin and tonic in your hand.
Those looking for an authentic Maasai experience
THINGS TO DO AT THE CAMP:
Sip refreshing cocktails as you relax by the poolside
Cool off with a well-deserved dip in the swimming pool after a morning exploring the Amboseli
Indulge in a soothing massage soundtracked by enchanting birdsong
Unwind in the communal lounge and watch wildlife passing through the grounds
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Start the day with a bush breakfast in the National Park and close it with sundowners overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro
Enjoy a walking safari with a Maasai guide in search of elephants, lion and migratory birds
Embark on a thrilling 4x4 game drive through the Amboseli
Visit fascinating manyattas, a semi-permanent Maasai homestead hut, to learn about the region’s vibrant culture
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