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“Ol Tukai Lodge is a fantastic place”
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Ol Tukai Lodge
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UK
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22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Ol Tukai Lodge is a fantastic place”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in September on a weeks safari in Kenya, and absolutely loved this place. Upon arriving we could see herds of elephants all around the perimeter of the lodge, you could even see them from your room! The lodge is traditionally African style, the rooms are wonderful and each night your mosquito net is pulled around the beds for you. The food is excellent with plenty of choice, and the staff are very friendly. There is so much to see at the lodge besides elephants, zebras, wildebeests come close to the fence, and there are monkeys and all types of different birds to see within the lodge. This was just a fantastic place to start our safari!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

We stayed at Ol Tukai Lodge on our second day of a three day safari with JT (Julius Tact) Safaris . The lodge is lovely, the staff are excellent and the views are amazing! The food is really good with loads of choice. There is a really nice pool to relax in and around. The view over Mount Kilimanjaro with Elephants, Zebra, Water Buffalo, Hippo, Gazelle etc. all in the foreground is absolutely awesome! BE CAREFUL even if you think that your door is shut the monkeys will pull open a not quite shut door and steal any food they can find.

I have absolutely no problem recommending this lodge, the only reason I didn't give it an excellent rating is because I preferred the unfenced camps that we stayed in on our other nights.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Had two (adjoining) rooms here on first night of Kenyan safari. No complaint whatsoever, staff, facilities, rooms, food, all good.
I wasn't really sure what to expect in terms of accommodation whilst out on safari away from Nairobi, but was very pleasantly surprised. Would definitely stay here again.
Oh, make sure you keep your windows shut and LOCKED! A sneaky baboon broke in whilst we were out and pinched my daughters chocolate stash!!! Makes for a good story now of course....
Amboseli NP is a must as part of any itinerary, I will definitely get back there again some day.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Recently returned from a Best of Kenya Safari booked through REAL AFRICA in the UK (a company we would highly recommend).

We stayed two nights at the Ol Tukai Lodge and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The accommodation comprised of lodges (four suites to each) dotted through lovely grounds overlooking the plains. Amboseli in general is a game watchers paradise – especially if you are fascinated by Elephants. Aside from the actual game drives, it was wonderful to open the door of your lodge and see Elephants, Zebras and a host of other wildlife meandering across the view. (On the subject of the lodge door – this is something to be kept closed in order to avoid unwanted visitors in the form of monkeys and baboons exploring your belongings. They are quite brazen and very cheeky).

As with lots of holiday accommodation all over the world, power points for the charging of cameras, I-pads, mobile phones and your electric toothbrush etc. are always at a premium. It is therefore useful to pack a 3 or 4 way extension block (mains system the same as the UK).

The staff were great, the food was varied and of good quality and there is a nice swimming pool area to relax (and enjoy a glass of Tusker) in between the early morning and late afternoon game drives.

We really enjoyed our experience at Ol Tukai and our rating of 4 stars only reflects that during the 2 weeks in Kenya we stayed at a couple of other lodges that were even better!

Room Tip: All lodge locations looked good
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Calgary
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This lodge offers a wonderful setting with the elephants and zebra grazing in front of the cabin and Mt Kilimanjaro off in the distance. The room was good and the shower that was glassed in to the outside was interesting when the monkeys came to watch you! It was very dark when the power went out for the night - but that just made for an excellent sleep. The buffet meals had lots of variety and are fine for a couple days. The game viewing in the area is very good and was a great place to start our safari. The drive in from Nairobi was a lot longer than we expected.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed only one night at this lodge but were very impressed with the quality of the room, the service and the food. It was a wonderful experience. The park was spectacular with the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro, lots of elephants and water buffalo, zebras, antelope, giraffe and cheetahs to name a few.

Room Tip: Request a front row Mountain view room. There is nothing like waking up and seeing the sun come up...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Truro, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

The sight of elephants crossing the grasslands at Amboseli with Mount Kilimanjaro in the back ground is breathtaking. Sitting on the veranda, at sunrise and sunset, in this tranquil environment is one of the most enjoyable experiences ever. The staff at the lodge are very friendly and went out of their way to ensure our stay was perfect. Our room was very clean and well presented. The selection of food is very varied and fresh. The waiting and catering staff are keen to make sure they cater for your every need. Although there is not the same variety of animals to be seen as at the Mara our patience was rewarded by sighting two leopards on our final game drive!!

Room Tip: Ask for a lodge with uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro..........it's worth it!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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