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Ol Tukai Lodge
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We had a wonderful 3 night stay at Ol Tukai Lodge in Amboseli Park, Kenya. The accommodations and staff were first rate. Views from the lodge of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and elephants in the adjoining swamp were unbeatable! Safari experience was delightful and did not disappoint. We traveled with 2 children and the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating to the kids. The staff sent a cake to our table on our last evening as a "thank you" for our stay. That was a nice touch. We have traveled extensively in Kenya and really enjoyed Ol Tukai Lodge. We will definitely return!

Room Tip: You can choose either an elephant view or Kilimanjaro view. Both are great!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

As this was our first accommodation in Kenya, we were not sure what to expect, but our two nights at Ol Tukai set the bar fairly high to start off our holiday - booked with Somak through Escape Worldwide (who were absolutely brilliant in helping us arrange our trip).

Getting here from Nairobi in a Nissan minivan was a fairly tiring and extremely bumpy 4-hour drive but on entering reception, we were handed a fresh cloth and a refreshing fruit-juice beverage. The check-in process was fairly painless – fill in a small form, take the key assigned to you and follow the porter to your room.

The rooms themselves I’d describe as “authentic African” but I realise that doesn’t really mean anything. A more accurate description would be that the rooms are how I imagine African lodges to be, constructed mainly of dark timber with high beamed ceilings and an interior decor comprised of a mix of neutral colours with flashes or red/orange.

One thing to note is that although every room does indeed have a view, not all views are equal.. our room (number 29) was set back from some of the other lodges and so we had a partial view out to the landscape between two other lodges). Insist, if you can, on one of the lodges with unimpeded views, if that is important to you.

The grounds of the lodge are made up of some small stone paths running along large grassy areas with a large expanse of grass between the buildings and the fencing that keeps the larger wildlife out. You can go right up to the fence to take pics of nearby animals but you do so at your own risk.. the inner fence is electrified and I noticed more than one person get a small shock. The pool area is a separate little section with a decent sized two-section pool surrounded by sun loungers and a small bar. We didn't spend much time there but it’s a nice place to sit and have a drink whilst listening to the sound of nature and looking out towards Kilimanjaro.

The dining area is in two sections, inside and outside with the latter usually being far more busy than the former. The food is generally quite good with a buffet breakfast that contains everything you’d expect from cereals to pastries to several cooked options plus a breakfast chef who will do whatever you like with some eggs. Lunch is also primarily a buffet with options that change from day-to-day. Dinner is a-la-carte and on being seated, we were presented with a single page menu to choose from. The food, as before, was of a fairly good standard and portion sizes were just about right.

Service was always good during our stay with plenty of smiles and attentiveness from the staff, which, apart from a few exceptions elsewhere, that seems to be par for the course in Kenya.

Ol Tukai is in a superb location, being quite close to the centre of Amboseli with great views to the south towards Mt Kilimanjaro. It was fairly hazy during our stay and the top half of the mountain was behind clouds most of the time but I imagine the view from the lodge on a clear day, is remarkable. Amboseli isn’t a massive park and we covered most of it over 3 game drives during our stay – Ol Tukai’s central location allowed us to take a different route each time and we saw plenty of elephants, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelle along with a few glimpses of hippos and a pair of cheetahs. That said, with a pair of binoculars or a decent zoom lens, you can see most of the above from within the fence at Ol Tukai, not to mention the colourful birds and cheeky Vervet monkeys that hang around the lodge (there’s something mildly hilarious about watching a Masai in native clothing chasing a monkey around the bar with a slingshot).

There are only a few negative points I can raise about Ol Tukai – namely the lack of wi-fi (the only place during our trip not to offer it), the room safes were extremely small (you won’t fit a small laptop or much camera equipment in there) and the drive into the Ol Tukai grounds are a bit depressing as it involves driving past the old ruins of Amboseli Lodge, but those are fairly minor points and certainly didn't have any impact on our stay here.

Pros:
• Authentic feel to the rooms
• Great location right in the heart of Amboseli
• Good food quality and selection
• Nice pool area

Cons:
• Tiny safe
• Not every room has a good view
• Not 24h power
• Derelict buildings at entrance to hotel
• No WiFi

Room Tip: Try and ask for one of the rooms with an unimpeded view of the plains.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This was the last stop of our 3-venue safari trip,and by far the best of all.Facing the beautiful Amboseli plains with gorgeous Mt Kilimanjaro on the other side,the lodge absolutely fulfilled our every expectation.Clean,spacious and well-decored rooms,set menu lunch and dinner,pool and massage facilities all helped a wonderful stay.The attitude of the staff was also friendly.Although Amboseli is not as rich as Maasai Mara in quantity and variation of species of animals,I absolutely recommend this establishment.

Room Tip: Elephant rooms face numbers of elephants and other animals day long,whereas Mountain View rooms face...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Ol Tukai have very efficient staff who made making reservations very easy. Special requests were well taken care of. The lodge itself is beautiful and compared to the nearby Serena lodge definately worth every coin you pay for! It also has scenic views of the mountains and wild animals come quite close to the lodge- a safe distance though. Their food was very good and staff warm and friendly.

It's definately a place I would visit again!

Room Tip: Although one would think Mountain view best, the elephant view rooms have double advantage in that y...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Having gone to a couple of lodges in Kenya, our expectation was extremely high when arriving at Ol Tukai. While the entrance and dining halls have been nicely setup, the individual rooms at the lodge had not been maintained as well lately. The location of the lodges is excellent with a great view across the Amboseli plains and a short drive to the nearest swamp with many animals. Nevertheless, lots of rooms bring lots of other guest making the place more a European like holiday hotel with some evening entertainment, rather than a more tranquil safari camp.
If you look for buffet food and even some entertainment with many others to share, Ol Tukai will be the place for you. If you look for a quite place to enjoy the nature and allow you to reflect on your safari impressions, we would recommend to look around for another place.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights it was the best lodge that we stayed at throughout our safari. The views of mount kilimanjaro are breathtaking there is also great views of the elephants and zebra. The food is excellent and the staff are so friendly and helpful. There are lots of monkeys in the grounds of the lodge there is usually someone on hand to scare them away if they get too close. We would highly recommend this lodge

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Ol Tukai Lodge is rated very highly in any travel media you may read that features the lodge. in fact on trip advisor they have a certificate of excellence. they are the top ranked facility of its category in Amboseli National Park in trip advisor. This creates a lot of expectations when you visit the place.
The Lodge is beautiful no doubt, the location is good with serene environment and good views.
However their biggest disappointment is the food. The food is not as nice as one would expect for instance carrots are overcooked etc. Their biggest crime is not replenishing the food stations when they get depleted. in all the meals we had there, whenever a certain item on the menu the replenishing was really poor in some cases no replenishing at all.
Also the items in the rooms were not consistent. we were a group and one room had bathing towels while the other one did not.

All in all, the facility is a fantastic place but they really need to work on the food

Room Tip: rooms with a view of the elephants would be fantastic
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ol Tukai Lodge

Address: Amboseli National Park 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system > Amboseli National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Amboseli National Park
Price Range: $314 - $450 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ol Tukai Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The essence of Africa Ol 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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