Amboseli is also known for its magnificent elephants – a population of over 1000 elephants reside in the parks eco-system that features some of the largest in Africa. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals all take place both inside the Amboseli National Park and within a private 30,000 acre game concession, offering fantastic opportunities for wildlife photography.

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Top notch Italian cuisine, breath taking views of Kilimanjaro and reliably good elephant viewing.

- Food and Travel Magazine.

The tents are all spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent Views of Kilimanjaro.

Tortilis Camp was designed and built by Stefano Cheli in 1993, the first “eco-lodge” in Kenya, it won the coveted Tourism for Tomorrow award.  The Cheli’s were invited to build a small tented camp on the site by the Masai community.  The site had been earmarked for a 200 bed lodge and Kenya Wildlife Service (under the direction of Dr. Richard Leakey at the time), insisted the project was scaled down to a more eco-friendly size and design.

Tortilis joined the Elewana Collection in 2015, a group of 16 boutique lodges and camps in some of the most iconic sites in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, and Stefano and Liz Cheli continue to participate in conservation work, guiding and lodge experience (including the food!) at Tortilis Camp.

 

 

Seasons & Rates 2018

Seasons
HIGH from 1st January to 4th January
1st July 31st October
20th December 31st December
MID from 5th January to 2nd April
1st June 30th June
1st November 19th December
GREEN from 3rd April to 31st May
Accommodation Rates
SEASON MEAL PLAN PER PERSON SHARING SINGLE ROOM
HIGH Game Package $605 $908
Full Board $452 $678
MID Game Package $500 $750
Full Board $328 $492
GREEN Game Package $385 $578
Full Board $234 $351
Private House
A 2-bedroom house, sleeping up to 4 adults, with a spacious sitting/dining room and a verandah.
Rate per night for the Private House occupied by 4 guests.
SEASON GAME PACKAGE FULL BOARD PACKAGE
HIGH $3200 $2800
MID $2700 $2300
GREEN $2200 $1800
Family Tent
A Family Tent, sleeping up to 4 adults, with a spacious verandah.
Rate per night for the Family Tent occupied by 4 guests.
SEASON GAME PACKAGE FULL BOARD PACKAGE
HIGH $2700 $2300
MID $2200 $1800
GREEN $1800 $1400

Included in Game Package (GP)

  • Included in Game Package (GP) is accommodation, all meals, soft drinks, beer, house wine & selected spirits (excluding champagne, exclusive cellar wines, cognacs and single malt whiskeys) and laundry.
  • Transfers from/to Amboseli airstrip - Tortilis Camp.
  • Safari activities including shared game drives, bush picnics, sundowners and guided bush walks.
  • Experienced driver-guides in custom designed safari vehicles accompany all drive activities.
  • All statutory taxes (approx. 25%) including VAT.
  • Rates exclude Park fees and extras not listed above.

Included in Full Board package (FB)

  • Full Board package (FB) includes accommodation, all meals, soft drinks, beer, house wine & selected spirits (excluding champagne, exclusive cellar wines, cognacs and single malt whiskeys) and laundry.
  • Transfers from/to Amboseli airstrip - Tortilis Camp.
  • All statutory taxes (approx. 25%) including VAT.
  • Rates exclude Park fees and extras not listed above.

thumbs upExceptional Special Offers.

Book 6 nights or more at a combination of the Elewana Collection Bush properties and receive a 10% circuit reduction.


Book 9 nights or more at a combination of the Elewana Collection Bush properties and receive a 15% circuit reduction.


Book 12 nights or more.. at a combination of the Elewana Collection Bush properties and receive a 20% circuit reduction.

In order to guarantee the circuit discount, the payment will have to be done in full at the time of the reservation.

Children's Accommodation Rates
Infant under 3 years of age Free of charge
1 or 2 children under 12 years of age, sharing with 2 adults
1 or 2 children under 12 years of age, sharing with 1 adult 75%
Children below 18 yrs occupying own room (minimum 2, maximum 3)
Activities & Enhancements
ACTIVITY PER PERSON RATE
Extra Lunch at the Lodge $40
Extra Picnic Lunch $25
Sundwners including Conservancy Fee (minimum 2 guests) $60
Guided bush walk including Conservancy Fee (minimum 2 guests) $60
Bush Breakfast including Conservancy Fee (minimum 2 guests) $60
Shared Game Drives including Conservancy Fee (per guest, per game drive) $125
Cynthia Moss' Elephant Research Visit - per Group (up to 10 persons) $800
Exclusive Use of Game-Drive Vehicle (per vehicle per day) $400
Namanga Transfer per Vehicle (up to 5 persons) $300
For more details on these activities, please visit the 'Activities Section'

Cancellation Policy

  • For bookings cancelled or reduced in numbers between 90 and 45 days from noon on the date of arrival, 25% of the applicable rate per bed night will be charged.
  • For bookings cancelled or reduced in numbers between 45 and 22 days from noon on the date of arrival, 50% of the applicable rate per bed night will be charged.
  • In the case of cancellation within 21 days from noon of the date of arrival, or in the case of a ‘No Show”, 100% of the applicable rate per bed night will be charged.

Payment Terms

A 50% deposit is payable on confirmation of booking and the balance is due on collection of client(s) accommodation voucher 90 days prior to arrival of the client(s) at the Lodge(s). Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.

Variation

The rates mentioned here are subject to change without notice; however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of a change in Government taxes or levies affecting the rates mentioned herein, Elewana Afrika Limited reserves the right to pass on any increases.

Liability

Elewana Afrika Ltd, its properties and/or its subsidiaries and affiliates, do not and will not accept responsibility for any incident of any nature involving any client(s)who is/are at any property(ies), nor while traveling to or from any property(ies).

 

Guiding

Tortilis Camp guides are based in camp in Amboseli, and know their backyard intimately. More than half are Masai, and have combined Tortilis Camp guiding experience of 80 years, the head guide has been at Tortilis Camp since it opened. All the guides are Gold, Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified. Amboseli is famous for its magnificent elephants, which have been studied for over 20 years by Cynthia Moss. Tortilis guides know the individual elephants, and their family relationships – plus the territory of resident lions and other local fauna. They have exclusive access to the 30,000 acre Kitirua conservancy and know every hyena den, the seasonal flowers, migratory birds .. Tortilis Camp walking guides are Masai from the area, and have been walking in this wilderness since they were very young. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of the small things, tracks, traditional uses of herbs and the Masai way of life.

Game Drives

The Tortilis Camp guides are based at camp in Amboseli and know their backyard intimately. They know the individual elephants and their family histories. More than half of the guides at Tortilis are Masai, and have between them 80 years of guiding at Tortilis! All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified.
Tortilis Camp has open gamedrive vehicles, the first camp to use open vehicles in a National Park. The current fleet are new, specially fitted, 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers. The vehicles are unrivalled with feature enhancements specifically designed for comfort and photography – open sided with 3 rows of seats, photographic equipment stands, and charging sockets. Clients will share gamedrives unless “exclusive use of vehicle” has been prebooked at an extra charge.

With only 10% of Amboseli National Park utilized by most safari vehicles, combined with Tortilis Camp’s unique location on the western edge of the park (most lodges are outside of the eastern gate of the park), guests can enjoy an almost private Amboseli. We also have private gamedriving within our own 30,000 acre Kitirua Conservancy, which is the western part of the Amboseli ecosystem.

Guided Walks

Tortilis Camp’s walking guides are Masai from the local community, who have been walking over these plains since childhood.
Take the time to leave the car behind and enjoy the small things – tracks, dung beetles, micro-ecosystems. The guides are happy to share their knowledge of the terrain, traditional uses of wild herbs and barks, and the Masai way of life.

Swimming Pool

Enjoy the cool waters in the heat of the day! Within the lush green gardens, the pool is shaded by palms and acacia Tortilis, and a haven for tropical birds. The swimming pool has bar service and board games.

Bush Breakfast and Sundowners

Take a moment to sit back, enjoy the spectacular views, the smells, the colours, and the gentle breeze.

Bush breakfasts are a chance to enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife.

“Sundowners” are a safari tradition – after a day of safari; stop, watch the spectacular sunset; traditionally with a gin and tonic in hand!

Massage, Manicure and Pedicure

Safari is also a holiday and a rest – a break from today’s frenetic lifestyle.
Tortilis Camp offers:

  • Massages – a wonderful way to ease the stress out of tired shoulders and backs.
  • Manicure and pedicure – compliment those tanned limbs!

Cultural Visits

In the heart of Masai country, Tortilis Camp offers visits to local Masai homesteads. The Masai live in semi-permanent huts known as Manyattas and it is the role of the wife to construct the hut from cattle dung and grass. The families will show you round their home for a fee (payable separately, ask reception for details), and will want to take the opportunity to sell their traditional handicrafts – bargain hard!
Tortilis Camp works with closely with the Masai community, and there are ways that you can get involved.

Known for their beautiful beadwork, spear in hand and bright red coloured “shukkas” (blankets worn as clothes). The Masai co-exist with wildlife as they are traditionally nomadic and pastoral, they live off their cattle and goats; this is their lifestyle, jobs, and currency – it is thanks to this lifestyle that vast tracts of wilderness teaming with wildlife have been preserved.

Weddings & Honeymoons

Over the years, Tortilis Camp has hosted very many beautiful weddings, blessings, and renewal of vows for our guests.

From small simple ceremonies involving merely a glass of champagne at the end of a gamedrive; to elaborate three day events, with over 30 guests taking over the whole property. Options include legal marriages conducted by the local commissioner or religious minister, or Blessing by the chief of the local tribal community.

Discuss your ideas with your travel agent, or contact us for more information.

 

Tortilis camp was designed and built by Stefano Cheli, opening in 1994. A magnificent site, that belongs to a Masai family from the local community and was promised to a big hotel developer that was struggling to get the Kenya Wildlife Service, at the time under the management of Dr Richard Leakey, to give permission to build a large 200 bed hotel. The Masai family came to Stefano and asked him if he would like the site, Dr Leakey approved the plans for a small environmentally friendly camp; and Tortilis was born. (The original plans for Tortilis were in Dr Leakey’s briefcase when he was involved in a plane crash that lost him both legs; and the plans had to be resubmitted!).

The first of its kind, Tortilis Camp was the first “boutique eco-lodge” in Kenya. Being a professional safari guide, and with a passion for the wilderness, Stefano designed a lodge that blends into the hillside, deliberately difficult to see, small generators and invertors, built using local materials and most importantly of all – employing the majority of its staff from the local Masai community, the first and still the only camp in Amboseli to do so.

Tortilis Camp won the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow award for its ground breaking eco-design and ethos in 1996. Tortilis still is a leader in conservation, (a link to the conservation section), working with African Conservation Centre on maintaining exclosures, preserving the Kitirua conservancy, and the leader in Amboseli for social responsibility.
But Tortilis is not all about “eco” and “conservation”; having guided luxury safaris for many years, combined with his natural Italian flair, Stefano designed a camp that takes advantage of the truly spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the best views in Amboseli; he knew that clients don’t just want to lie on their bed in a tent, but to also enjoy an elegant, spacious, and comfortable verandah. First class guiding in comfortable open vehicles, Tortilis Camp was the first to use open vehicles within a National Park; and of course, after an early morning in the fresh air, delicious home cooked cuisine!

 

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