Amboseli National Park

Standard

Last weekend, Nyaguthi and I plus some other random people visited the Amboseli National Park. On one day, we had lunch at Kibo Safari Camp and we stayed at Ol Tukai Lodge inside the park.

Kibo had great staff who went out of their way to make sure that our time there was great. I even got irritated by this Assistant Manager who was all up in our faces just making sure that we were fine. Later on I realised that it was because someone had arranged for a surprise birthday cake for Nyaguthii. That was fun!

Photos from Kibo:

Signage outside Kibo

Signage outside Kibo

Kibo Entrance

Kibo Entrance

Kibo Restaurant area - Inside view

Kibo Restaurant area – Inside view

Kibo Restaurant area - Outside view

Kibo Restaurant area – Outside view

Seating Area - Inside View

Seating Area – Inside View

Seating Area - Outside View

Seating Area – Outside View

First course. Soup and smiley bun. This is the only food photo I took during the entire trip!!!

First course. Soup and smiley bun. This is the only food photo I took during the entire trip!!!

The swimming pool at Kibo. Didn't get into the water but the views from this area..... very nice.

The swimming pool at Kibo. Didn’t get into the water but the views from this area….. very nice.

If you are looking for the following:

1. Open plains with clear views all around;

2. A quiet place to rest;

3. To see endless views of elephants and more elephants;

4. Uninterupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro; and

5. A pretty lodge to relax in.

Then Ol Tukai Lodge is the place for you. The one thing I really didn’t like about the lodge was that the staff were so grumpy. They were not happy, it looked like they were being forced to be there. They didn’t greet guests (unless they were white!) and our group had the only blacks there. It was like they were doing us a favour by being there. Only 2 staff members said hi and one even went the extra mile to make that effort. For that reason, if I was paying a shilling, I would not go to Ol Tukai. I miss Sarova Shaba. They should train the staff at Ol Tukai.

Photos from Ol Tukai:

Swimming pool facing mount Kilimanjaro.... The water was cold!!

Swimming pool facing mount Kilimanjaro…. The water was cold!!

Pretty art made of dyed sisal. Very creative

Pretty art made of dyed sisal. Very creative

Pretty mirror in the room

Pretty mirror in the room

A mask in the room

A mask in the room

A twin beds room

A twin beds room

A wall in one of the rooms

A wall in one of the rooms

Outside a room

Outside a room

Candle holder and plant as table focal points on dinner tables

Candle holder and plant as table focal points on dinner tables

Chandelier at the restaurant

Chandelier at the restaurant

Really interesting seats and wall decor at the reception

Really interesting seats and wall decor at the reception

Seats at the reception area

Seats at the reception area

Wall mural of elephants at the reception

Wall mural of elephants at the reception

A table lamp made of calabash like material

A table lamp made of calabash like material

A seat in the lounge area. Very pretty set up, I thought!

A seat in the lounge area. Very pretty set up, I thought!

Chandelier at the reception

Chandelier at the reception

This was a FEARLESS monkey. Roaming around the rooms and not really worried about people walking near it.

This was a FEARLESS monkey. Roaming around the rooms and not really worried about people walking near it.

Elephants roaming the plains. There are VERY many elephants at Amboseli

Elephants roaming the plains. There are VERY many elephants at Amboseli

Mr. Dummy right here carries the visitors book.....

Mr. Dummy right here carries the visitors book…..

Chandelier in the corridor at the lodge

Chandelier in the corridor at the lodge

Oltukai 1 Entrance

Advertisements

3 responses »

  1. Amboseli is my favorite park! love the wide open spaces and the mountain view. Sigh. I do love elephants too hence the attachment. Will definitely give that lodge a wide berth. Photos are beautiful.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s