Tortilis Camp is a luxury permanent tented camp that has stunning view towards Mount Kilimanjaro. On a clear morning you can view the mountain from your bed! There are 17 thatched tents set on wooden platforms, a dining/lounge area serving north Italian traditional recipes, and a swimming pool.
Activities include game viewing in the park and one can also spend time following the matriarchal elephant herds from the luxury of open sided safari Land Rovers; walk with a trained Maasai guide, sip sundowners on top of Kitirua hill as the sun sets coloring the snows of Kilimanjaro pink, bush breakfasts out on the plains or a visit to one of the Maasai manyattas (villages) to meet the Maasai women, watch the Morans (young warriors) dance and experience their age-old existence.
Let me say first that I realize, in order to stay within our budget, we had to stay at some of the larger places in order to be able to stay at the preferred tented camps as well as Tarangire Treetops.
Karen Blixen Cottages - VERY GOOD. The room was quite beautiful. However, the staff wasn't ready with our breakfast at 6 the next morning so we had to just grab something and run to head off for our flight.
Tortilis Camp - EXCELLENT. I loved everything about it: managers and staff, accommodations, and the food was great. We also enjoyed a nature walk with Jonathan (one of the Maasai). It was hard to say "goodbye" and move on!
Mara Serena Safari Lodge - GOOD. Not too crazy about this place. The view was fabulous, but there are SO many children that it was quite noisy. The room was nice, but the food was just okay.
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp - VERY GOOD. Liked this one better because it was smaller. The food was good.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge - VERY GOOD. Although this was a large hotel, it was well managed and the guests were mainly adults so it was a much calmer atmosphere than the Mara Serena. The room was nice and the food was very good.
Kisima Ngeda Camp - EXCELLENT. Just like Tortilis - I loved everything about it. The managers and the staff were fabulous. The tent was very nice and the food was great. I hated to leave! Also, the local guide, Elihakim, was a welcome addition to our group!
Tarangire Treetops Camp - EXCELLENT. Loved this place as well. Everything was fabulous: the managers, the staff, the food. I felt like I was really in a tree house. It was fantastic! We had a very enjoyable nature walk with John and a Maasai and had two great night game drives as well. I actually had tears in my eyes as we were leaving!Read More
- Cheryl Hillery
The highlight of the trip was obviously the Safari. Amboseli has a stunning backdrop.
Tortilis Camp was very comfortable. The camp is in a very good location and they have access to a large conservancy. The main highlight in Amboseli was the bush breakfast. It was quite grand for just 2 couples. There was a dedicated chef and two waiters. The safari viewing was very good, especially elephants.
Maasai Mara was excellent. The Little Governor’s Camp was quite luxurious and very intimate (due to small size). I was very impressed with the quality of food there. It was a bit of a hike to go from the camp to the jeep across the river, but its all part of the experience. The balloon ride was definitely worthwhile. I am not sure if I would do it again but one must do it once.
We saw everything we had hoped to see in Mara. All the predators in a large number, other big 5 members, python, rhino, etc. We missed the kill by the Marsh pride lions but got their when they had just start feasting. It was probably the most intense experience of our safari. We got as close to predators as possible. In some cases, lions or elephants brushed against the vehicle.
We are glad that we saved Lamu Beach Resort for 4 nights as our last stop. We were quite exhausted and it was a perfect place to rest. We were on Kizingoni Beach which is about a 25 min boat ride from the air base… Read More