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Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak is best seen from the watercolor plains of Amboseli, patrolled by vast herds of elephants. Water birds weave and dip over the grassy floodplains, and ostriches dash down the roads so fast that they look like cartoon road runners. At dawn, Africa’s tallest mountain turns a dusky purple, and its snowy cap glistens with rosy light. At sunset Kilimanjaro comes into sharp relief against the fiery orange and flaming red of the sky—a timeless African image.
Tawi’s twelve cottages all face the mighty Kilimanjaro, and windows afford views of the mountain’s craggy peak even from the comfort of your bed or your bathtub. Each cottage has its own wooden veranda, from which you can observe elephants and giraffe grazing quite close—the view is unobstructed, as the fence which keeps out large wildlife is in a ditch surrounding the property. The style of the lodge is a harmonious combination of modern comforts and traditional—the walls are rounded like Maasai huts, and the cottages are kitted out with old steamer trunks, four-poster beds, fireplaces and even antique phones.
Before a French-influenced dinner taken al fresco, relax by the campfire or beneath the spreading acacia tree that shades the unique bush bar, and listen to the magical sounds of the African bush, sipping your favourite cocktail while watching the elephants for which Amboseli is famous cavort just a few metres in front of you.
View wildlife day and night—as we’re right outside the border of Amboseli, we’re not limited by park regulations that all vehicles by in after sundown. Hyena and lion stalk these plains at night, their eyes glowing eerily as they sniff out snoozing herds. In the daylight enormous parades of elephant sink up to their chins in the water of the floodplains, while on more solid ground male impala engage in exciting territorial skirmishes.
Or see it all from the sky, if you prefer. Perhaps an exciting helicopter excursion, the chopper whisking us away and stopping on a dime wherever you desire, picnicking on a bluff, visiting a tribe and zooming through the surrounding hills and dells. Or a hot-air balloon ride, a tranquil retreat in the sky, from where you quietly view the age-old drama of the African wild unfold below you.
Tawi Conservancy is the result of a joint partnership between the community, African Wildlife Foundation and Tawi Lodge. A portion of the fee for each guest goes directly towards supporting the Conservancy, which works to preserve and protect the Kilimanjaro Heartland, and the vast herds of elephant that call this land their home. Travellers are helping make this land a better place just by being here, which makes the experience that much more meaningful.
A note for families & children:
Tawi Lodge is happy to host children of all ages—indeed, children under 12 stay for half the adult rate.
His and Hers sinks in a spacious Tawi bathroom
Absolutely African cheer in the Tawi lounge
Cocktails and Kilimanjaro on a private deck at Tawi
Safari chic meets tribal design at Tawi
Game drives provide fantastic sightings... and always the view of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance
View game from the sublime comfort of the jacuzzi at Tawi
View animals from above in a hot air balloon