What an exceptional time we had at Porini Lion camp! We felt totally pampered by the exceptional staff. From our personal wake-up call each morning (with coffee, tea, and cookies), to the exceptional food, to the nightly campfire, everything is well-run and well-organized. Even though there were six people in camp, we had our own safari truck. I imagine that other companies might have squeezed all six of us into one truck since they seat seven people. Also, each truck has a driver and a spotter. We had Jared and Kitere (spelling?) who were excellent! Not only did we see a cheetah kill and a migration river crossing, but they even spotted a leopard. It was amazing how well they knew the land. Every game drive was in a different area and each sundowner was at a special location. They really went the extra mile. One day, we did an all-day drive, from 7:30-3:00, having lunch on the road. I guess normally you don't do an afternoon drive/sundowner after an all-day drive, but when we asked if we could still do the afternoon drive, there was no hesitation when they said "yes". I'm sure they were looking forward to some time off and I was afraid we might get the quickie drive, but no. These guys gave us a wonderful afternoon.
I highly recommend the optional trip to a Masai village (US$20). All of the camp's employees come from the villages (that I know of) and it's eye-opening to see their modest way of life. At the end of the visit, you are shown to an area where you can buy things. It feels a bit like a hard sell, which usually we are able to resist, but we felt we had to buy something to help out their community. The prices are ridiculously expensive, but instead of thinking that we were paying 5 times too much for an item, we just thought of it as a donation and that made the high prices easier to swallow.
I highly recommend Porini Lion and I thank everyone at the camp for our best vacation ever and thanks for Julie, the US sales rep, for putting this together for us. This is a first-rate company!
- 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