The headline is, this is a lovely place to spend a few nights. If you're lucky you'll get a room right opposite the fields, with elephants grazing just a few feet from your living room window. I was lucky enough to get a room like this (after looking at a few different options). And after a few nights on safari staying in (albeit luxury) tents, a room with actual facilities was a treat. I say all of this with one major caveat - YOU MUST enter and smell the rooms before you commit because there is a bat problem at this lodge. I'm afraid I suffered through 2 nights of a room with a gorgeous view but a very disturbing smell of bat droppings coming from the roof - and the offending creatures swarmed out from there when I opened the door at night. If you're afraid of bats, or are not travelling with copious amounts of air freshener, this can be a real problem. Also, beware of the monkeys gambolling about outside. Left the front door open for 20 seconds and one of the little guys nipped in. They're wise to the fact that there are butter and biscuits to be had in the rooms and are always on the lookout for a way to get in, so be careful. We chased him away easily enough, but he was one of the little guys. The bigger variety that also hang out in the grounds would have been more of a sinister proposition, and I'm sure not so easy to budge. All in all, lots of nature! And lots of good things to say about this hotel, above all the location. Just make sure they show you 2 or 3 rooms before you make your decision on which one to take. Meals are all buffets. Dinner selection somewhat lacking. Breakfast much better. Service from bellboys and restaurant staff average. Service at front desk poor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Essence of AfricaOl 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’. Ol Tukai is an Eco-rated lodge having excellent outdoor and indoor facilities with its unique collection of African art. The property receives overwhelming response from the international and local tourism market. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ol Tukai Hotel Amboseli National Park