Situated amidst shady acacia groves, Tortilis Camp is known for its luxurious tented lodgings and magnificent views of Africa’s highest mountain, the 5882-metre high Mount Kilimanjaro. Visitors to Tortilis have access to a private 30,000 acre game concession as well as nearby Amboseli National Park, with its prolific elephant population and glittering salt pans.
Game drives are a highlight of any trip to Tortilis, with morning, evening and night drives provided to give visitors the chance to experience a wide range of different wildlife species.
Day trips can be taken to the Cynthia Moss Elephant Research Centre, where a wealth of information on Amboseli’s elephant has been gathered and analysed since 1972.
Keen bird-watchers may find it hard to leave the immediate vicinity of the camp, where a myriad of avian species thrive in the thick woodlands.
Named after the umbrella thorn trees (Acacia Tortilis) that permeate the area, the camp is an oasis of luxury in the rugged beauty of the African bush. Set under palm thatch roofs and on wooden floors, its spacious tents are decorated with brightly coloured African rugs and accent pieces. All are furnished with king-size double or twin beds, and have large balconies and permanent en-suite bathrooms with stone floors, hot water showers, flush toilets and wash basins.
Tortilis is ideal for family groups, with a family house featuring a double and twin-bedroom and a roomy dining/sitting area, and the option of placing an extra bed into standard tents. Built entirely from natural materials that melt into the surrounding wilderness, the elegant lounge, restaurant and bar area all stunningly situated, offering superb views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
This formidable mountain, with its iconic snow-capped peak, is one of Africa’s most photographed natural features, particularly on clear evenings in the light of the setting sun.