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Porini Mara Camp
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“amazing experience in Mara”
Reviewed 13 January 2010

Stunning location in a conservatory with very comfortable accomodation and outstanding service. The staff is very nice and very helpful . Not even mentioning the wide range of animals we saw during our day and night drives while staying there. This was by far the best location of our whole trip to Kenya and I would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2010

The Mara Porini Camp was an excellent experience for me. This camp in in the middle of the kenya bush ... miles from civilization, and thus, very tranquil, peaceful and extremely close to the wild African nature. There were Buffalo, zebra, Topi, Imapla, Hippo, baboons, wildebeest within 200 meters of my tent. The wildlife experience was awesome.
The food, accommodations, and hospitality was great . Not to single anyone out, but David, Moses, Stanley, Wilson and Tipo and all the others were great hosts.
Many thanks for a great safari experience to the Masaai Mara region of Kenya.

Best Wishes

Gordon

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled solo
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Mosman Park, Western Australia
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Reviewed 28 December 2009

The Mara Porini Camp was the third in our "safari" and as with Amboselli and Pajeta excellent in terms of service and accommodation and David and his crew deserve the highest accolades for this and the food...Simon the chef was outstanding in the dises and tastes he presented. What was so impressive however was the game in the Conservancy was more profusive than in the adjacent Maasia Mara Game Park... was it just the time of the year or is it that the conservancies are working better than the parks??? Will have to return at another time and see whther the pattern prevails. Highlights included following some lion cubs at night; watching a lion drink prior to a kill within 500 metres of the camp; an early morning walk to see the carcass of the kill; the array of animals drinking at the water in the creek in front of the tent including bush buck and water buck... magnificent animals; watching a leopard at midday as it walked so close to our vehicle seeking .... who knows. A drive to the Mara river to see hippo and the crocodile .. a very full 2 days backed by excellent service and accommodation made for a wonderful and very personal 2 days. Cannot recommend this highly enough.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Kenya
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Reviewed 1 December 2009

I arrived in Ol Kinyei and the Mara Porini Camp with some knowledge about how the conservancy was set up and how it benefits the community and wildlife in the area. After 2 days there, I am convinced that this is the way forward for ensuring a future for wildlife. Wildlife numbers here have increased thanks to the efforts of Porini Camps and the community members. Lions, cheetahs, elephants and much more have made the conservancy their home. You will have the best and most exclusive wildlife experience here. The camp is beautiful, the vegetarian food is some of the best I have ever had, the staff are so friendly and the Maasai guides are just fantastic. They will share their wealth of knowledge with you in these stunning surroundings. Animals are everywhere and I highly recommend this camp to anyone who wants the best wildlife experience knowing that your stay has supported the community enormously and is also securing a future for wildlife.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled on business
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Washington DC
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Reviewed 25 November 2009

I have had the fortune to visit a number of "responsible" properties around the world. Porini is one of the best. They have a great operation, great service and they care. Its not just lip service.
Highly recommended and great value.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled on business
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Colorado
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Reviewed 18 November 2009

We began a three-week journey across Africa in August, 2009 with a Gamewatchers Safari in Kenya. We were delighted with our experience. Beginning with their very informative website and our initial contacts with staff, we were assured that we had made the right choice.
With Gamewatchers we had the opportunity to stay in conservancies near the major parks, enjoying the environment and the wildlife from the comfort of the camp from the moment we awoke each day. We were also impressed with the model of partnership with the local Masai, something that sounded good to us before we arrived, but added an unanticipated dimension to the whole experience.
We stayed our first two nights at the Gamewatchers’ Selenkay Conservancy and our fifth and sixth nights at their Masai Mara camp. We found both camps to be wonderfully situated, well-appointed and well-managed. The tents were beyond comfortable, the food delicious, and the attention given by the staff superb. Our middle two days were spent at the Sunbird Lodge, from where we visited Nakuru. The Sunbird accommodation was beautiful and the service to a high standard.
We were particularly pleased with the Gamewatchers guides. We appreciated their attention to detail in description and their tireless efforts to help us understand the animals, the habitats, and the relationships between them. All were also very helpful in introducing us to the people of Africa we observed and encountered, and to the ways in which the human and natural environments are interacting.
We were fortunate to be in the Mara for the Wildebeest migration, but even without that, the quantity and quality of game we were able to view and photograph exceeded our wildest expectations.
Gamewatchers also handled all the details of our land travel superbly. Everything and everyone performed just as promised. We were met, transported, and delivered in comfort and with care. We simply could not have had a better time, and fully intend to visit Africa again with Gamewatchers, and we have already recommended them to friends and relatives for their Africa planning.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 14 November 2009

3 Nights at Mara Porini, found tents clean, wel maintained, no shower problems, the set up is very impressive.
Plenty of good food was served up during our stay, resonable wine and Tusker lager.

Guides were fantastic, very knowledgable, all drives in open sided land rovers, take warm clothes for early/late drives. Other camps use mini-buses so steer clear of these.

Saw plenty of wildlife, including a cheetah kill and a widerbeast crossing. Only the Black Rhino and Leopard eluded us however on a seperate drive ou camp friends spotted both, so it's a game of luck rather than anything the camp can do about this.

All the more reason to come back to the well run, value for money porini camps.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Porini Mara Camp
Address: Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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Mara Porini Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Porini Mara Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve

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