My husband and I stayed at Porini Lion Camp at the end of Oct '13 at the end of a month-long trip around East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar) and it was the absolute highlight of our trip. The whole booking process (via Julie) was very smooth and straightforward and from start to finish it was well organised and we were very well looked after right through from pick up at our hotel, to being dropped back there at the end of our trip. We flew there in a light plane and were met by the very cheerful and traditionally dressed Masaai guides William & Stanley, who remained with us as our guides for the entire 4 days that we were there. The location of the camp is superb, the tents luxurious (complete with flushing toilet and bucket showers that a Masaai will hand deliver hot water to!) and every member of staff was welcoming, friendly and wanting to make your stay the best one possible. (If we were getting up at dawn for a game drive, our wake up call was a Masaai delivering coffee & tea and hot water to wash our faces in, with a cheery 'Jambo' at the door of our tent). When it was someone's birthday, the entire staff delivered a cake with the most superb Masaai singing and traditional dancing to go with it! But it was the game drives that really made this trip. William & Stanley worked hard to ensure that we saw as much as possible and were exceptionally good at knowing where to find it. We saw many different prides of lions (each of which they knew well and could explain the relationships of the lions within it); leopards (very hard to find, but we saw more than one); cheetahs; elephants; giraffe; hyenas; wildebeest; many types of antelope; vultures - you name it, we saw it on EVERY game drive too. But what was the most awesome part about it was just how close we got. There weren't too many cars competing to get near the action and all were respectful at giving each car a turn at getting close enough to see things. At times, we were also the first ones there and so had plenty of time to view things from just feet away. One time, we were so close to a male and female lion that we could have reached out and touched them (not that you would dare!) But it enabled us to really see their body language, hear the sounds they'd make to each other and really get a better understanding of how they behave in the wild. It was incredible. William & Stanley also took the trouble to find the most scenic spots for anywhere we might stop and have breakfast, lunch or a G&T sundowner. For example, we had breakfast, following a dawn game drive, overlooking a river full of hippos. Or a sundowner on a hill overlooking all the animals on the plain, as we watched the sun set. It was truly awesome. They were also very informative about what we were seeing, so we learnt a lot.
Back at camp we were also right in the middle of it all. We could observe the families of baboons just metres away, or zebra and wildebeest at a waterhole not too far away. By night, hippos would graze grass literally just feet from our tent and you could hear the zebras and hyenas calling out in the night. It has given us such a great taste of this extraordinary landscape, filled with its wondrous array of wildlife that we now definitely want to go back. If not to this camp, then possibly one of their other locations, which we have also heard great things about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Porini Lion Camp is located in the exclusive 20,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy bordering the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, home to an abundance of animals. With 10 spacious comfortably furnished tents, each with private verandahs and en-suite bathrooms, the camp is small and exclusive giving a real bush experience. Guests enjoy the game drives in open 4x4's, escorted bush walks with Maasai warriors and sundowners. The Camp is the perfect base to experience the annual wildebeest migration. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Porini Lion Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Porini Lion Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve