Review: Kibo Villa at Ol Tukai Lodge in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Kibo Villa

At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in the heart of the African Savannah in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park lies Kibo Villa, a luxurious place to stay with amazing mountain and elephant views.

This luxury villa is set within the grounds of Ol Tukai Lodge, whose facilities Kibo guests can take advantage of, offers spacious rooms fitted with modern interior decor with wifi access included in the price.

It is situated in five acres of gardens, lawns and a little forest of indigenous tortilis acacia trees.

Each room is designed with flowers, features exotic lights and bedding, wall arts, a mini- sitting area and an en-suite bathroom.

We arrived just before lunch, a bit earlier than we were expected as the staff were still putting the final touches to the villa for our stay. One of the first things that you will notice is how friendly and accommodating all the staff are, nothing is too much trouble and they will try and fulfil any request you have to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

Kibo Villa in Amboseli
The welcome pack at Kibo Villa. Photo © Andrew Watt

After being introduced to the chef who would be preparing our meals and serving them at the villa, the lady who ran the on-site kids’ club and other staff who would be assisting us during our stay, we were invited to have lunch at the main lodge.

This was a buffet-style meal with soup and a salad section for starter, a number of hot main dishes with vegetable sides followed by a large selection of desserts.

After lunch, we set off on our first game drive while the staff set up the furniture for that evening’s bush dinner.

Kibo Villa Bush Dinner
The Kibo Villa staff prepare for the bush dinner. Photo © Andrew Watt

On our return, we were greeted by a roaring fire and a beautifully laid table ready for us to eat.

Bush dinner under the stars at Kibo Villa
Bush dinner under the stars at Kibo Villa. Photo © Andrew Watt

The chef had made spaghetti bolognaise for the children, which was what they had asked for, and a selection of different dishes were available for the adults, following the soup and side salad starters. As at lunch, a number of desserts as well as cheese and biscuits were available for dessert. Drinks, both soft and alcoholic, were available and included in the cost.

During the meal, we were also entertained by a group of Maasai who performed a traditional song and dance.

Following a few drinks, we turned in for the night having had a very enjoyable first day in Amboseli.

Kibo Villa in Amboseli
The main bedroom at Kibo Villa. Photo © Andrew Watt

The next day began with a morning game drive, and when we returned the villa staff had set up our bush breakfast.

Breakfast at Kibo Villa
Breakfast at Kibo Villa. Photo © Andrew Watt

A number of fruit juices were available along with tea (English or Kenyan) and coffee.

Breakfast at Kibo Villa
Breakfast at Kibo Villa includes freshly made omelettes and pancakes. Photo © Andrew Watt

As well as a selection of freshly made pastries, breakfast included the traditional hot options such as sausage, bacon as well as freshly cooked eggs either fried, scrambled or made into an omelette. The chef was also on hand to make pancakes if requested.

Breakfast at Kibo Villa
My freshly made omelette at Kibo Villa. Photo © Andrew Watt

This was all washed down with champagne, which added that little extra luxury to the experience.

During the morning, we explored the Ol Tukai Lodge grounds which is perfect for anyone wanting to stay in the heat of the Kenyan wilderness.

Ol Tukai Lodge
Ol Tukai Lodge in Amboseli. Photo © Andrew Watt

Elephants, zebra, baboons and wildebeest could all be viewed in close proximity to the electric fence which surrounded the complex, and flamingos could also be seen in the distance.

The bar at Ol Tukai Lodge
The bar at Ol Tukai Lodge. Photo © Andrew Watt

There is an open air swimming pool, but be warned, it is very cold when you get in as the water is not heated. Towels are available next to the pool as are shower and changing facilities.

Swimming pool at Ol Tukai Lodge
The swimming pool at Ol Tukai Lodge offers a relaxing place to relax or swim, but be warned, the water is very cold. Photo © Andrew Watt

We again took lunch at the lodge and it followed the same format as the previous day but with different options on the buffet.

While we took some time to relax, the children went to the kids’ club, which is a small facility with a variety of basic play equipment.

Following our final game drive in the afternoon, we opted to eat inside with the food served on the veranda. This time, we were treated to a delicious selection of different meats cooked on the open flame outside.

After another peaceful sleep, we rounded off our stay by taking breakfast at the lodge. Again, this was a buffet style feast accompanied by freshly made waffles, pancakes and omelettes.

The buffet lunch at Ol Tukai Lodge
The buffet in the restaurant at Ol Tukai Lodge. Photo © Andrew Watt

Kibo Villa proved to be the perfect getaway for our family, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a peaceful break or as a base from which to explore the wildlife rich Amboseli National Park.

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