Ol Tukai Lodge

Top choice lodge in Amboseli National Park

Lying at the heart of Amboseli, on the edge of a dense acacia forest, Ol Tukai is a splendidly refined lodge with soaring makuti (thatched roofs of palm leaves) and tranquil gardens defined by towering trees. Accommodation is in chalets, which are brought to life with vibrant zebra prints. The split-level bar has a sweeping Kili view and a pervading atmosphere of peace and luxury.

There's a spa and massage centre, night wildlife drives (US$80 per person) and a pervasive sense of light and space in the lovely grounds. Some rooms have Kilimanjaro views, others look over the elephant-rich swamps to the northeast.