I was trying to book a safari and really had NO clue on which tour company was best. However, after contacting multiple tour operators I selected Porini / Gamewatchers because the agent Julie Roggow provided me with different options at different price points. She provided in depth information but had first hand knowledge of the camps and traveling in Africa. (It was my first time to Kenya.)
Even after I booked the trip I was still a bit apprehensive about the level of service and lodging while on safari. I was picked up ON TIME in Nairobi, flew to the Masai Mara and then picked up from the air strip and escorted to the Porini Mara camp. What is the BEST feature of this camp is its location!! It's part of a conservancy that supports and hires the Masai People and their land. It makes a difference and anyone taking a trip to this region should read up on the issue!! These conservancies care about the land, the animals, the local Masai people and most importantly- YOU, the tourist.
There are levels of certificated guides in Kenya and this camp had at least two silver guides (one was actually taking the gold level tests) that I am aware. The game drives were exciting, informative and absolutely beautiful because we had the only vehicle on the conservancy! In contract, we went to the Masai Mara National Reserve on day and it was more touristed and less intimate.
The camp staff, lodging and meals were great. I am a vegetarian and there wasn't an issue with requesting meals to my liking. There were only about ten "tents" in the camp and privacy wasn't an issue as long as you discount the visiting monkeys and the nighttime hippo visit.
Do you homework on safaris but I believe Porini / Gamewatchers is where I'll send my friends and where I'll book again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Porini Mara Camp is located in the exclusive 17,500 acre wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei, one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. The camp has 6 spacious guest tents with an en-suite bathroom sited in the shade of Yellow-barked Acacia trees. The camp accommodates a maximum of 12 guests, where guests enjoy game drives in 4x4s, sundowners at scenic viewing points and escorted walks with Maasai guides. Ol Kinyei is noted for its excellent wildlife viewing with a resident pride of lions, cheetahs, leopards and a wide variety of animals. There is a strict limit on the number of tourist vehicles allowed in the conservancy so that visitors from the camp can view the wildlife without other vehicles. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mara Porini Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Porini Mara Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve