A Refreshing Change
Amboseli Bush Camp (ABC) makes for a refreshing change to the standard hotels, resorts, camps and lodges that pop up around Kenya faster than we can keep up with. Though the word camp is in the property name, Amboseli Bush Camp is not quite a lodge and not quite a camp. This truly unique blend of camp and lodge is located just outside Amboseli National Park on the same conservancy as Satao Elerai. Amboseli Bush Camp makes for a perfect weekend getaway for those of us stuck in Nairobi, but 1 night will only leave you wanting more.
I decided to visit ABC on my way back to Nairobi from the coast, as that drive feels impossible to complete in a day without feeling like you need a holiday to feel human again. It’s a slight detour from Mombasa road down to Amboseli, but if you’re driving from Mombasa to Nairobi, you can get off the main road and drive through Tsavo West at Mtito Andei and cross over to Amboseli near Kimana and stay away from the hustle of Mombasa road.
The lounge area is a permanent structure, though not walled, that has been beautifully furnished with comfortable chairs, sofas… and is where you end up spending all of your time, with expansive views over the plains of Amboseli. It’s a great place to watch the sunrise and set, relax with a book and generally chill-out and let time pass you by.
The kitchen is fully equipped and comes with a stone-built pizza oven for your use. There is also a team of 3, well-trained staff on hand to assist you during your stay at the camp, and if you feel like having pizzas, they can make them for you, provided you bring all of the ingredients. It’s a treat having freshly baked pizza in the bush and not many places can boast this, especially places that you may visit on a budget.
The tents are small and basic, but comfortable and the bedding warm. The double beds are not very big, so if you are sharing with friends make sure you don’t mind bunking together, or you can take additional tents and camp next to the 3 existing tents. The tents are not en-suite, though there are eco-friendly toilets, a short walk from your tent. The entire property is linked with mazeras footpaths, so access around the camp is not challenging, whether it be midday or midnight, but be sure to look out for any reptiles sunning themselves on the mazeras or keeping warm at night on the warm rock paths.
Amboseli Bush Camp prides itself on being environmentally responsible in the way they dispose of their rubbish, their use of water, the building materials used in the camp… The camp is basic, but they have not cut corners to achieve this sustainability and they certainly have not compromised on the bits that make your safari comfortable and memorable.
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