Amongst much else, Ol Tukai is one of the finest places on the planet to elephant-watch, from our chalet’s terrace, from just about anywhere on this serene property. Amboseli’s great herds “pace along as if they had an appointment at the end of the world,” as Isak Dinesen memorably wrote.
And here are just a few more of Ol Tukai’s abounding charms: wide, open spaces with beautifully soothing lawns and gardens backed by a quintessentially African acacia forest; a thinly-visible fence around the entire property which allows us to watch Amboseli’s vast cast of animals as they go about their daily business; an intriguingly designed main lodge with a restful library, spacious deck for outdoor dining, beautifully wood-paneled Elephant Bar, and a large pool to float in while watching billowing clouds form on the icy heights of 19,000-foot Mount Kilimanjaro. And we’re especially fond of Ol Tukai for its cheery champagne breakfasts, sundowners atop the table-topped observation hill Noomotio, and bush dinners in lantern-bedecked forest clearings.
Ol Tukai’s gently luxurious chalet-style, top-notchedly modern twin rooms all feature uninterrupted views of Amboseli’s animal-attracting wetlands or of colossal Mount Kilimanjaro, with wildlife almost always in sight. But despite its comfortable modernity, Ol Tukai has a resolutely classic African gamelands aura. One Micato visitor wrote, “I expected Ernest Hemingway to saunter by any moment.”
Ol Tukai welcomes families with traditional African open-heartedness. In addition to a number of child-centered activities, youngsters can take an early supper if they like, choosing from a carefully created special menu. Security guards are on constant patrol, so parents can enjoy a later supper without worry.
Ol Tukai is located in the heart of Amboseli National Park, a 3,100-square mile wildlife refuge famed for its large, free-wandering elephant population. Game drives with our Micato Safari Director are personalized: if we’re looking for the Big Five, (elephant, of course, and leopard, Cape Buffalo, rhino, and lion) we’ll almost certainly find the iconic creatures. Birders are enchanted by the Park’s 600 bird species, and all-around nature lovers delight in the contrasts between Amboseli’s five ecosystems, which include rich woodlands, wetlands with sulphur springs, savannah, and the dried bed of Lake Amboseli. We can make respectful visits to Maasai villages, catch lectures by researchers from the on-property Elephant Research Centre, and every other night at Ol Tukai we’re visited by a troupe of Maasai Morans (or warrors) for traditonal dances and songs.