My wife and I stayed at Porini Camps during our honeymoon in May. Overall we had a great time
Most game drives at other camps are 2 hours long, but Porini Camp provides an option for 7 hour game drives, as well as game drive at dusk. These game drives are conducted by local Masai tribesmen (some know how to drive). This service makes it better than some other game drives since our guides knew the animals and the land so well that we saw a lot more animals than other people. In fact, other safari vehicles were following us!
On our first night, we were taken to a hill just at sunset and our guides set up a small table and chairs and we had cookies/tea and watched the sunset. This was very special because up to that point, other camps’ game drives did not allow us to get out of the vehicle. After the sunset, one of our guides took out an infrared light which allowed us to see animals in the dark without the ‘light’ hurting the animals. This allowed us to see a pride of lions at night – which was very unique.
On our second day, we had the 7 hour game drive in the Mara. We saw so many animals during this time it was amazing. Our guides knew that we had yet to see cheetahs and hippos, so they made it a mission to make sure we saw them, and of course with their expertise we did. We also break for lunch/snack in the Mara, right next to a bunch of zebras and antelops. They parked right next to a tree in the shade. I took a picture 100 meters away and it’s one of my fondest memories – because the picture is exactly what I imagine when I think of a safari.
The only thing that visitors should be wary about is the nature of the camp. As the camp believes in conservancy, they do not have power in the tents (although they do have lights on solar power), showers are ‘safari buckets’ (google it), and at my wife’s dismay, her hair dryer/straightner did not work (too powerful for their system). So if you are willing to give in on a few comforts, this camp is great.
Although my wife did not like the level of amenities provided in the camp, she continuously tells people that the camp was the best overall during our stay in Kenya. I could not agree more.
I will whole heartedly recommend this camp for people looking for a unique safari experience.
- 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