Liz & Stefano Cheli – Owners
Born of Italian parents, Stefano grew up in Kenya, spending his early days on farms and lodges owned by an Italian Count, which included Loisaba Ranch and Oasis Lodge at Lake Turkana – Stefano’s favourites. He completed secondary schooling and his National Service in Italy, before returning to Kenya in 1980 as General Manger of Loisaba Ranch. Before starting Cheli & Peacock with Liz, Stefano spent a year as a Professional Hunter in Tanzania.
Liz had English parents, but was born in Venezuela and grew up in Nairobi, completing secondary schooling and college in England, before returning to Kenya in 1979 to work as administrator on a 60,000acre ranch in Laikipia. Before starting Cheli & Peacock with Stefano, Liz spent a year as a freelance Professional Guide on mobile tented safaris throughout Kenya. Liz and Stefano have two sons, Joss and Sebastian.
Stephen & Tania Hitchins – Investors
More recent converts to the joys and romance of Kenya and its wildlife; investors in Elsa’s Kopje, Tortilis, Joy’s Camp and Kitich Camp. Natives of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom, with son Harry & daughter Chloe. Involved in residential and commercial development in the West of England and South Wales and founders of the Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club in Almeria in South East Spain.
Managers – Andrea & Manuela
Andrea and Manuela are originally from Torino, Italy, and came to Kenya in 1997, after travelling to many safari destinations in Africa. They visited this glorious country, went back to Italy to sell their business and returned! Having been based in the north of Kenya and travelling around the whole of Samburu, and Lake Turkana in their trusty 1979 Landrover, they are enjoying the magnificent views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the salty plains of Amboseli. A hands-on team; Stefano has entrusted them with the precious Italian recipes originally taught to the Tortilis cooks by his mother!
Tortilis Camp guides are based in camp in Amboseli, and know their backyard intimately. More than half are Masai, and have combined Tortilis Camp guiding experience of 80 years, the head guide has been at Tortilis Camp since it opened. All the guides are Gold, Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified.
Amboseli is famous for its magnificent elephants, which have been studied for over 20 years by Cynthia Moss. Tortilis guides know the individual elephants, and their family relationships – plus the territory of resident lions and other local fauna. They have exclusive access to the 30,000 acre Kitirua conservancy and know every hyena den, the seasonal flowers, migratory birds ..
Tortilis Camp walking guides are Masai from the area, and have been walking in this wilderness since they were very young. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of the small things, tracks, traditional uses of herbs and the Masai way of life.