Tortilis

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stamp3Why photographers love Tortilis

  • Tortilis provides the chance for that iconic photo of elephants in front of Kilimanjaro.
  • Elephants are approachable and comfortable with people.
  • Tortilis is situated near the lake, a fantastic canvas for photography.

How we rate Tortilis

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Tortilis at a glance

  • 16 canvas tents with main bedroom, en-suite facilities and spacious verandas, all with a Kilimanjaro view
  • 1 family tent and 1 private house, each with two en-suite bedrooms and spacious verandas and a shared swimming pool
  • Large dining area overlooking the mountain with individual rather than communal meals
  • Focus on food—home-grown vegetables and handmade pastas and breads
  • Specially designed open game drive vehicles with charging outlets and camera stands
  • Swimming pool, bar, spa, limited wi-fi
  • 100% solar power with charging outlets in tents, common areas and vehicles

The concession

Tortilis Camp is assessed from Amboseli National Park. It is situated in the Kitirua Conservancy on the southwest side of Amboseli, away from the busier eastern area of the park. Guests get a more private Amboseli experience complete with dramatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing peak in the world at 5,894m (19,340 ft) and private access to the 12,000 hectare Kitirua Conservancy. Amboseli elephants are among the most photogenic in the world. They are part of a long-term scientific study and all are individually known by name and family history. Therefore, the elephants are fairly habituated to people, and it’s possible to get very close to them. Amboseli also has lush plains and fresh water springs. Plains game and their predators are plentiful. The Park has its own eastern white bearded wildebeest migration.

The seasons

The dry season is from June to October when little to no rain falls. This is the best time to see animals congregated around remaining water sources and there are fewer insects, but it is also the busiest time. The short rains fall between October and December. January to February are dry again, and the long rains come from April to mid-June. Migrant birds are present from October to April. The wet season offers lower rates, but getting around can be difficult, especially during the long rains in April and May.

What Tortilis costs

Rates range from $385 to $605 depending on season.

Photographers need to know

The area can be extremely dusty due to the volcanic ash from Kilimanjaro.

The good news

Tortilis Camp pays fixed rent to Maasai landowners to preserve the Kitirua Conservancy. The money goes to conservation management and payments to the community. They work with Big Life Foundation and the Cheli and Peacock Community Trust.