Elewana Tortilis Camp
Luxury accommodation throughout Tortilis Camp in the early evening
Luxury accommodation throughout
Tortilis Camp in the early evening

Elewana Tortilis Camp

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. 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 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.

Need to Know

Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro and its elephants, with over 1000 elephants in the parks eco-system, and featuring some of the largest in Africa.

Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree Acacia Tortilis, a sight synonymous with East Africa. It is situated in one of Amboseli's areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, the snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals are enjoyed both inside the park and within a private 30,000-acre game where Tortilis Camp is located.

In the heart of Masai country, Tortilis Camp offers visits to local Masai homesteads. The families will show you around 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 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.


Tortilis Camp has open game drive vehicles, the first camp to use open vehicles in a National Park. The current fleet are new, specially fitted, 4×4 Toyota Land cruisers. The vehicles are unrivaled 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 game drives 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. 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.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Amboseli National Park covers 392 sq kms, only a small portion of the surrounding 3000 sq km of the Amboseli ecosystem. Tortilis Camp is on the south western edge of the park, facing the mountain and is accessed from within the National Park. It overlooks its own private wildlife conservancy, Kitirua, 30,000 acres. Away from the busy eastern side of Amboseli, and with its own private conservancy, guests experience a wild and private Amboseli. The area is famous for the dramatic views of Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, and the highest peak on the African continent. Kilimanjaro at 19,340ft or 5,894m rises dramatically out of the 4000ft (1,200m) Amboseli plains. An extinct volcano with two peaks, rocky Mwenzi and Kibo a crater rim. The glaciers on the mountain are slowly disappearing with global warming, but it remains snow capped as any precipitation on the mountain settles as snow. Despite being in Tanzania, the best views of the mountain are from Amboseli, with Tortilis Camp on a south-west hillside facing the mountain, having the most dramatic views of all. Amboseli is also famous for its elephant herds, which have been followed and documented by world renowned researcher Cynthia Moss. Amboseli has some of the largest elephants in Africa, and the guides at Tortilis Camp know the individual elephants, their family history, and are able to get very close to the habituated herds. Much of Amboseli incorporates the dried up bed of a Pleistocene lake, with lush deep fresh water springs in the middle of the park a haven for hippos and birdlife and a playground for elephants. As well as plentiful plains game and their predators, the area hosts its own eastern white bearded wildebeest migration, a population that is genetically separate from the Masai Mara/Serengeti population.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

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! 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.


24hr Power, In-room & Bar Charging facilities, Credit card Facilities, 4x4 custom game vehicles, Daily schedule flights, Gift shop, Wifi, Massage & Spa, Swimming pool ( one private pool shared between Private house/ Family Tent, Children Menu & Laundry


Tents With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp, each of Tortilis Camp’s 16 tents has a glorious view of the mountain. Each makuti-covered tent consists of a main bedroom with twin or double beds, en-suite bathroom and a spacious verandah. Let us know if you require twin beds or double bed. [All tents can fit one extra bed, for children under the age of 16 yrs only] Family Tent with outstanding views of Mt Kilimanjaro, enjoyed from the comfort of your own private family verandah, Tortilis Camp’s new Family Tent is another great addition to this child-friendly safari camp in Amboseli. The Family Tent consists of one double en-suite bedroom, one twin en-suite bedroom, and a spacious private verandah. Featuring a brand new swimming pool shared with the Private House. [Both bedrooms can fit one extra bed for children under the age of 16 years only] Private House With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp, Tortilis Camp’s Private House has a glorious view of the mountain. The Private House consists of one en-suite double bedroom, one en-suite twin bedroom, and a spacious sitting / dining room with verandah. Featuring a brand new swimming pool shared with the Family Tent. [Both bedrooms can fit one extra bed, for children under the age of 16 yrs]. The main lounge, bar & dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Mt.Kilimanjaro. 

Guests can rest assured that they are leaving a minimal footprint during their safari at Amboseli - Tortilis Camp is very proudly 100% solar-powered.




  • Eco Warrior Award for Best Eco-Rated Tented Camp - Ecotourism Kenya, 2015
  • Gold Eco-Rating Certification – Ecotourism Kenya, 2015
  • Silver Eco-Rating Certification Ecotourism Kenya 2011/2012/2013/2014
  • Trip advisor’s Hall of Fame, 2015
  • World’s Best Awards Top 100 – Travel & Leisure Magazine, 2007 – 2014
  • T&L 500 Best Hotels – Travel & Leisure Magazine, 2008 – 2014
  • Virgin HIP Hotel – 2010 – 2013
  • Kenya Tourism Award for Best Small Lodge, 2012
  • Finalist Best Eco Camp, Best Safari Cuisine & Best Guiding Team - The Good Safari Guide 2011
  • Condé Nast Traveller Gold List, 2005/2008
  • Condé Nast Traveller Gold List – Best Service if Africa, 2006
  • British Airways’ Tourism for Tomorrow’ Award – 1996
  • Certificate of Merit & Recognition – Friends of Conservation (Kenya)



High Season: 01st January - 04th January, 01st July - 31st October, 20th December - 31st December
Mid Season: 05th January - 15th March, 01st June - 30th June, 01st November - 19th December
Green Season: 16th March - 31st May

Average StayAverage Stay

Minimum 2 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

From $234 per person

Children PolicyChild Policy

- Children 0 -3 years free of charge
- 1 or 2 children under 12 years sharing a room with 2 adults : accommodation is free of charge
- 1 or 2 children under 12 years sharing a room with 1 adult: adult will be charged the single room rate & children free of charge
- 1 or 2 children 12 up to 17 years sharing with 1 adult: adult at per person sharing rate and children pay 75% of the adult rate
- Children under 18 years sharing own room - min 2, max 3 pax: 75% of the adult rate
- A child in his / her room: to be charged the single room rate

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Elewana Tortilis Camp's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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