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Porini Lion Camp
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We had such a wonderful experience at lion porini camp. The team knew we were on our honeymoon and made such an effort to make our stay special. Every time we drove in from a game drive, alake (sp?) the camp manager and one or or two of the massai staff were there waving and smiling to greet us, and wave us off again when we left. The personalised wake up call with tea, hot chocolate and cookies was just the absolute best! We didn't get that at any other camp or lodge we stayed at.

The tents are very large and spacious )but do get pretty warm in the middle of the day and we were there in June) big bathroom and plenty of hot water for the shower on demand. ALL the staff were just so lovely, they all made the effort to chat with us, answer our questions and offer us whatever we wanted.They really treat you like royalty at lion porini And we loved they they were always in traditional massai gear! Only something little, but we liked it.

William and Josephant were our gamedriver team and were great. They were genuinely excited to see the animals with us and get us up as close as possible. They loved seeing the photos as we took them and were both very knowledgable.

We didn't see rhino, but saw the other big4, cheetah, crocs and 2 kills, so game viewing did not disappoint! Being in a conservancy is so much better than the main reserve, cannot recommend it more highly.

The food was delicious, especially the dinners, they feed you so much it's insane. We felt bad wasting anything but sometimes we just could squeeze anything more thing in!

Everything was just wonderful here but it was the little personal touches that really made this a favourite of our 6 week African honeymoon. Will absolutely be recommending family and friends to stay at a porini camp and if we every come back to Kenya we wouldn't hesitate coming back here.

Room Tip: We had a great open view of the the vast plains and animals, but not shade on our tent so it was ver...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

As my second safari, I had some expectations. This has been a wonderful experience: the wildlife was spectacular. The conservancy is obviously thriving, with several prides of lions, leopards, elephants, large herds of buffalos, and hippos. The Masai staff and guides are friendly and very competent. Beyond a traditional safari, this camp gives you the opportunity to support the local community, exchange cultural points of view, and participate in the conservation effort of the very thing that brought you here in the first place: wildlife. This has been a holistic experience in this respect, without compromises.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We stayed here in January 2014. The game viewing was amazing - we saw the big 5 all on the second morning. We were very lucky - our guide hadn't seen a rhino for 5 months. The accommodation and service were great - luxury tents. Sadly, because of the terrorism threat, there were hardly any visitors to the Mara. Great for game viewing - we were the only safari truck for miles, but a shame for Kenya. The game viewing was way better then Tanzania, which we went to next. Two main reasons: first, there are far more tourists in Tanzania, and second, in the Mara the drivers are allowed to leave the road/track whereas they are not meant to do so in Tanzania (although sometimes they do).

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

This was my fourth visit to this camp and probably the best experience of all. The wildlife in the conservancy gets better each time. The staff and the quality of the guides is faultless - what more can I say?! Except that I hope to return soon. Everybody should experience a stay at at least one of the Porini Camps. As a tour operator I have stayed at many accommodations in Kenya and needless to say the Porini Camps, especially Porini Lion Camp are very special. The fact that the majority of the staff are local Masai is a huge attraction to me as well as the camp being very eco-friendly. I would highly recommend a visit - it will literally change your life.

Room Tip: This is all tented (luxury) accommodation and all tents are well spaced and well located.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

What a wonderful place!!! I have been all over the world and this trip is one of my favorite trips. The service was fabulous and being right up close with all those gorgeous animals was literally breathtaking. I took 1000 pictures and they were all beautiful. When I showed the book around to friends and co-workers, they all commented about the beautiful pictures. It was largely because we were able to get so close to all the animals. The combination of spotters and drivers in the open cars were perfect!

Room Tip: It was pretty expensive but then all safari camps are and this was worth it. Not the type of trip o...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Unfortunately Tripadvisor has only five stars and so I'm stuck at that. This camp is just out of this world. The conservancy and the quality of game drives makes this a wild life lover's paradise that's hard to beat.
The tents are spacious and the food very good. The service is very willing as well, but what truly sets this camp apart is the quality of the game drives. The night game drives were conducted with a an infra red lamp so as not to affect the animals' night vision. Meshaak our giude and John our spotter were seemingly able to locate big cats through pure intuition. We saw cats on all six day game drives and lions, leopards and cheetahs on two of them. We saw an epic battle between a lone buffalo and eleven lions of the Marsh pride which the buffalo incredibly won and we saw a lioness carry cubs in her mouth. We saw two successful cheetah kills ans a few unsuccessful big cat hunts.

We could not have asked for more.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

I was fortunate to return to Porini Lion camp, having witnessed the Migration there last year. During March, the oncoming rains meant a kush and green landscape and a different but nonetheless thrilling experience! Johnson's spotting, jospeth's skilled driving through rather muddy roads and Joesph's camp leadership were all to Porini's customary high standards. Highlights included multiple cheetah encounters, Fig the leopard putting on a tree-climbing and stalking display and a last-evening cheetah kill just outside the camp. Oh yes - and lions too!

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Address: Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £601 - £1,007 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Porini Lion Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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Porini Lion Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Porini Lion Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve

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