Amboseli National Park & Kitirua Private Conservancy, Kenya
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TORTILIS CAMP -
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK & KITIRUA PRIVATE CONSERVANCY, KENYA
Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the parks eco-system, featuring some of the largest in Africa. Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli's areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, and the World's highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000 acre game concession.
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.
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16 Ensuite Tents
9 doubles & 7 twin tents, consisting of a main bedroom with wooden floors, permanent en-suite bathroom (hot running water, stone floors, shower and flush toilet) and spacious veranda.
1 Private House
2 ensuite bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) with a shared seating / dining area with veranda, each tent has a glorious view of the mountain.
1 Family Tent
2 ensuite bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) with a shared veranda, all rooms can fit one extra bed, for children under the age of 16 years only.
Game Drives in 4x4 Land cruisers.
Guided Bush Walks.
Excursions to Cynthia Moss elephant Research Center.
With an invitingly lush and healthy vegetable garden, Tortilis Camp prides itself in serving up its fresh homegrown salads and vegetables with every meal. From impressive Bush Breakfast out in the middle of the plains, to fresh homemade pastas and breads at the camp, the Tortilis chefs excel themselves with every meal.
Tortilis Camp has a spacious dining room overlooking Mt Kilimanjaro, where guests eat at their own individual tables (i.e. not communally, like at some of the other camps). The camp has a daily set menu.
Tortilis leases the land it is built on directly from the community landowners, providng them with a benefit derived from tourism.
Tortilis aims to provide long term conservation services to the greater Amboseli ecosystem by supporting both community education and wildlife protection. As well as other conservation initiatives, Tortilis Camp created the 30,000 acre Kitirua Conservancy by working closely with 750 community land owners and directly paid them KES 2.1M plus KES 0.9M towards conservancy management and anti-poaching 2011 alone.
Over 60 per cent of Tortilis staff are from the surrounding community, all of which are trained in camp. As per Kenya's rural dependency statistics, our 40 Maasai staff members are able to support as many as 400 family members and friends.
The Camp allows the entire community unlimited access to clean drinking water and a small provisions store run by the staff. In addition, Tortilis has built extra washing facilities specifically for the local communities.
We make sure waste generated by the camp is recycled wherever possible or responsibly disposed of. We send glass back to Nairobi where the recycling plant 'Central Glass' buy recyclable glass by the kilo.The collected funds we then donate to a family planning program managed by the North Lake Branch, Naivasha, of the East African Women's League.
So that guests can also be educated on the Maasai culture, Tortilis offers walking safaris guided by local Maasai.
For many years, Tortilis has provided financial support for the Amboseli Tsavo Game Scouts Association (ATSGA), donating a total of USD 21,129 towards their anti-poaching and community training work. The ATSGA recruits local Maasai and takes them through full Game Scout training. Once graduated, the Game Scouts concentrate their efforts on safeguarding the wildlife, flora and fauna of the Amboseli and Tsavo ecosystems, educating their own communities about wildlife and the benefits they gain from tourism.
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