Tawi has received a gold rating from Ecotourism Kenya and is located in the Ol Tukai concession, within well-kept gardens featuring iconic acacia trees. This is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the world, close to Mount Kilimanjaro and surrounded by sprawling plains.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Tawi Lodge is situated within a private concession covering 60 square kilometres, just outside the eastern gate of Amboseli National Park. Tawi is accessed via flight to the Amboseli airstrip or the Lodge’s private airstrip. Alternatively, travellers self-drive along the Mombasa road.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The communal building is constructed from timber, stone, and thatch, in the classic safari style! It has two storeys, containing four lounges, a dining room, and two bars. All of these spaces are very comfortable, boasting superb views not only of the plains and mountain, but also of a busy waterhole. You can relax and enjoy a drink or some fine dining while watching elephant, zebra, and antelopes coming to quench their thirst and splash about in the water. The grounds of the lodge include two pools – one is a solar-heated swimming pool, and the other is a wading pool for young guests. The swimming pool is flanked by sunloungers, providing a very peaceful area in which to chat, read a book, or settle into a doze. There is also a fire-pit, fantastic for mingling with your fellow travellers and swapping safari stories. And the spa, a short distance from the main building, is perfect for a little pampering, including massages and even a hot bath at sunset – bliss!
Guest accommodation at Tawi Lodge consists of 13 safari cottages, all dotted around the grounds. All are made out of timber, stone, and thatch, like the main building. Each is raised on wooden beams, with a few steps up onto a lovely veranda set with sunloungers and comfy chairs. This is a wonderful place to watch out for wildlife! Inside, every cottage has a sumptuous four-poster double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a large storage trunk, a writing desk and chair, and a cosy fireplace. The en-suite facilities are equally well appointed, comprising flush toilet, twin washbasins, separate shower, and big bathtub. The décor is very luxurious yet with a snug and homely feel – we really like it at YZ!
Tawi offers a great range of activities – game drives, nature walks, camel rides, and fly camping. Game drives take place during the morning, around midday, and at night, so you are guaranteed to see a wealth of wildlife! The Amboseli area is famous for its elephants, and you can look out for all other members of the Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo. Further predators include cheetah, spotted hyena, jackal, caracal, and wild cat, while the herbivore count features wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, and antelopes.
If you venture into the woods, you might encounter baboon and vervet monkey! Afternoon nature walks are an exciting opportunity to check out all the smaller aspects of the area – the insects, the plants, and of course the birds. Over 400 species are in residence here, with highlights such as Maasai ostrich, crowned crane, pelican, flamingo, and secretary bird. All these sights can be enjoyed while on a camel ride too! And if you are keen for an adventure, you could consider fly camping, at any of the sites situated at a distance from the main lodge.