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Ol Tukai Lodge

The Ol Tukai Lodge

Enjoy The Ol Tukai Experience

The Ol Tukai Lodge in Amboseli National ParkOl Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephant with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Writers have described Ol Tukai and the surrounding Amboseli National Park ‘as a home for the Gods’. A place of rugged beauty, abundant water, lush grass and forest, set like an oasis in surrounding savannah scrub. To crown it all, the Gods look upon one of the worlds most awe-inspiring sites – as dawn breaks and the sun sets from the 19,000 foot snow capped dome of Africa’s highest mountain.

Ol Tukai Lodge is a high-class tourist resort situated in the heart of the Amboseli National Park, which is one of East Africa’s most fascinating wildlife and nature parks. The lodge has eighty guest bedrooms and was opened in April 1996. The property has received overwhelming response from the international and local tourism market.

The buildings are spaciously laid out and the property has well maintained flat lawns, gardens and wide open spaces. It is an ideal spot for star gazers in the African tropical nights. The property overlooks Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Amboseli plain to the south and the eastern boundary is home to several families of elephant known to be amongst the best spots in the world to watch elephant.

The design concept of the property was inspired by the beautiful topography to take full advantage of the flat planes on one side and the lush Acacia tree forest on the other. The buildings are designed to give an open generous atmosphere with a blend of traditional African flavour yet having all the modern conveniences. The buildings have covered terraces built in gum pole and timber structures, with changing views and interests throughout the whole scheme.

Ol Tukai is one of the most modern lodges in East Africa having extremely well developed and equipped servicing and operational facilities, far superior to any of its main competitors.

Kibo Villa

The Kibo Villa at the Ol Tukai Lodge in AmboseliKibo Villa is secluded in five acres of gardens, lawns and a little forest of indigenous Tortillas tress. It has its own privacy and provides an open and generous atmosphere with a combination of majestic and exclusive yet gracious comfort and the aesthetic appeal of its rugged surroundings. Built in natural stone and elegant gumpole structures, Kibo Villa has three large master ensuite bedrooms, a lounge and dinning that overflow onto a large veranda and a fully facilitated kitchen. The master bedroom on the top floor once again opens onto a terrace. One can relax in the Jacuzzi and admire the views of the plains and mountain directly ahead.

The property has its own private entrance leading through a long drive and into a carport. Accommodation may be self-catering or full meal services can be provided with a chef and waiter. The kitchen is well facilitated and there is also a barbeque area. Guests may also use the main lodge facilities.

Fact sheet

Number of rooms:

80 luxury twin rooms

Room Décor : The rooms at Ol Tukai are in chalet style. Built out of gum trees, local river stone and slate. Two rooms have been designed according to EEC standards to accommodate physically challenged guests. The exclusive Kibo Villa for the executive traveller is also available.

Special Features
Rooms have an uninterrupted view of the wetlands or Mt. Kilimanjaro. In room amenities include a private bathroom and individual terraces.

The dining area at the Ol Tukai Lodge in Amboseli National ParkRestaurants/Bars
  • Dining Room - This opens onto a veranda, lunch is normally served out on the veranda and gardens and only meters away from the elephants and other game that come close to the boundary. The dining room features an intricately designed tapestry depicting the traditional Maasai people.
  • Pool Bar - This bar serves snacks and drinks between meal times.
  • Elephant Bar – Situated between the lounge and dining room, this open-air bar serves a wide selection of beers, cocktails, liqueurs and fresh fruit juices. A deck above the bar at roof level provides unhindered and breathtaking views of the wetlands and direct views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Recreation Facilities:
  • Swimming Pool - The crystal clear waters of the swimming pool, shaded by the occasional acacia tree provides sunbeds for guests to lounge around after lunch and before the evening game drive.
  • Library - The elevated library commands fantastic views over Mt. Kilimanjaro. Guests can relax in this quiet atmosphere and read a number of periodicals and nature books.
  • Lounge - Guests can relax in the lounge and read or play board games, which are available from the reception. Lectures are hosted by researchers from the nearby Elephant Research regularly.
Excursions & Activities
  • Game Drives - Vehicles can be booked for game drives through Nairobi Office or directly at the lodge.
  • Maasai Dancing - On alternate evenings a troupe of Maasai morans entertain guests with traditional songs and dances.
  • Bird walks - Ol Tukai is home to 400 species of beautifully African birds. Enjoy the short bird walk that starts at the entrance of the hotel and rambles under the canopy of acacia trees around the lodge. A must for any budding ornithologist.
FacilitiesOne of the relaxing places you will stay and watch the wildlife from your veranda at the Ol Tukai Lodge
  • Bureau de Change - The cashier can exchange reasonable amounts of foreign currency.
  • Credit Cards - All major credit cards are accepted at Ol Tukai.
  • Children - Children are welcome at Ol Tukai. Most bedrooms are easily large enough to accommodate an extra bed. A children’s menu and early supper is available and security guards patrol while parents enjoy their dinner.
  • Communication - Ol Tukai has 24 hour telephone and fax services. A radio call service is also available.
  • Multi Denominational Church - In the grounds of Ol Tukai stands a multi denominational church - all are welcome. Services are held each Sunday. This is a great location for couples who wish to “tie-the-knot” on the slopes of Kilimanjaro or even to renew marriage vows. Arrangements can be made at the head office in Nairobi prior to arrival at Ol Tukai.
  • Conference Facilities - A large fully equipped conference room is available just off the main reception. With its own private washrooms and kitchen, the conference room can accommodate,
      • 200 delegates – Cocktail party reception
      • 160 delegates – Theatre Style
      • 50 delegates - Boardroom Style
      • 80 delegates - Class Room Style
  • Shops - A well stocked shop where you can purchase personal toiletries and souvenirs is open daily
  • Transportation - Air - scheduled services to Ol Tukai are available from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Flying time Nairobi - Amboseli is approximately 35 - 40 minutes. In addition to the above, Ol Tukai will arrange airstrip transfers to and from the lodge.


Contact Information

For reservations Please Contact either Ms. Judy Matengo or Rosemary Njuguna on:

Head Office,
Off Rhapta Road, Westlands,

Postal address:
P.O. Box 45403 GPO 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: 254 20 4445514
FAX: 254 20 4448493

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