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“If you want to really experience a Safari in the Mara - this is the only place to visit!”
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Porini Lion Camp
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Reviewed 4 September 2009

I have experienced a multitude of different 'Safari type' holidays from the Etoshi in Namibia to Kruger in South Africa. Each have their own unique benefits. However I can honestly say that Porini Lion Camp tops my list as THE MOST AUTHENTIC Safari experience. WIth most hotels in the Mara, they can be quite commercialised with electric fences and mini buses with only profits as the driving force. This is not the case with Porini Lion Camp, as they have a long term ecological and community model which benefits the ENVIRONMENT (so that there will be pockets of land which will be protected for our childrens childern to visit). Benefits the local Maasai COMMUNITY through partnerships to directly benefit them from the use of the land through employment and leasing arrangements and finally and most importantly benefits the VISITOR. So that the experience is a once-in-a-life time one With excellent hospitality, knowledgeable guides and wonderful of experiences of Sundowners, Night drives and Bush walks. I can't wait to visit again.

  • Stayed: August 2009
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Reviewed 30 August 2009

We go to the Masai Mara every year, it's always great, but Porini Lion camp was magnificent. As a wildlife conservationist I can't describe how impressed I was at the ecological restoration that has occurred over the few years that Ol Kinyei has existed. We saw more than we'd see in the Mara Reserve, lions, antelopes, hyenas, and no cattle! It is a model conservation project in an area that is being misused by many others. The small numbers, low or positive ecological impact as well as the fabulous facilities makes this camp so special. As a Kenyan I felt hugely proud at the initiative and the excellent staff, we were able to get amazing photographs of lion and elephant and the intimate setting with a few other guests meant we made some new friends. Every tent has it's own view over the river, super romantic. I would love to do it again and stay much much longer.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 August 2009

I arranged my travel through Gamewatchers in Nairobi, on recommendation from a friend. The whole trip from start to finish was excellent, the best hol I have had in many years. The Lion Porini camp and its staff were very helpful and it lived upto what it says it delivers. The stay was very comfortable, we got to see the "big five". We had a proper feel for staying in the wild but with a certain level of comfort. Nothing was too much for the staff at the camp. I would recommend this camp and gamewatchers to anyone who was doing a safari in Kenya. Thanks to all from the Dhesi's

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2009

This is absolutely the best safari trip possible. The camp is set in the heart of this stunning conservancy, so that while the accommodation is extremely comfortable, one still feels wonderfully close to nature. The service was first-rate: enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, and friendly and helpful camp staff. Going on Porini safari drives or walks - just you, the guides and the thriving wildlife - provides a far more special and authentic experience than one can expect on the tourist minibuses in the main Mara park. In addition to this, the camp is both eco-friendly and committed to helping and maintaining the local wildlife and communities.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with family
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Thank harwood99
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Reviewed 24 August 2009

We were visiting Kenya for a wedding and had 4 days after the wedding to go on Safari. After speaking with a lot of people we realized that Porini Lion Camp was the way to go. When you arrive, you are greeted at the airport by 2 Masai warriors in red happily carrying your bags and taking you to the custom built Land Rover. Within moments we were looking at Cheetahs enjoying the shade underneath a tree. The guides have great English...but, more importantly, they are truly Masai people so they know the land and all the animals very well since they have lived there since birth. When you come on 2 lions, for example, they will tell you that they are 'honeymooners' and will explain that these 2 lions will stay together for 1 week and not hunt/eat for this time as they are 'honeymooning'. They know hold the lions are, and which pride they are from. Arrival at the camp brings more happy Masai faces. They wake you up with tea or coffee and a nice 'hello' outside your tent. The tents are quite spacious. Visting the local village is a must -- they will do tribal dances and sing for you as well. Be sure to bring plenty of Kenya shillings and really bargain for your Masai items. They originally quoted 60,000 shillings for the giant bag of items we wanted for friends back home...but quickly lowered their price to 15,000 shillings. Great quality of workwomanship on the beads and other items. Back to the camp...you will receive a dedicated guide and spotter for your entire stay. This is great -- we had John and Steven and they were wonderful! You get to really know them and they will plan out your stay with you. Tired from a night drive? No problem! You can get up late the next day! :) We would have stayed more time at the Mara River if possible -- as there is so much life there. We saw more animals than we ever expected -- the Big 5 - a wildebeast crossing -- tons of crocs and hippos - -and the beauty of a family of elephants taking mudbaths at the river. The kids really enjoyed it -- and even liked watching the lions eating a 'Pumba' (warthog). The camp manager is a real pleasure and is perfect for the job. Hearing Lions roaring outside your tent and hippos smelling you through the tent is a once in a lifetime experience. At night, the Masai warriors escort you around the tent for your safety.
In short, a once in a lifetime place...bring plenty of digital cards for your camera and lots of shillings for a visit to the local village...enjoy!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Thank LovetoTravelAdvisor
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Reviewed 12 August 2009

We visited Amboseli, Mara Camp and Lion Camp and were impressed by all three. They are different in some ways but the basic care for all guests while at camp and out and about was faultless. We saw all big five, two crossings plus a range of other things. The food was superb and the facilities very comfortable. A normal shower is definitely very boring now that we are home!! Without doubt the way to see the Mara and ensure that the locals benefit too.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2009

We struggled to choose a safari location amongst the hundreds that are out there and found trip advisor helpful in making our choice. So I wanted to add my comments to the others on here about Porini Lion Camp. It simply was an amazing experience. We were on our honeymoon last year and had always wanted to do a safari. For us it was a once in a life time opportunity and we wanted to get it just right. I can't compare it to any other camps as we went from here to Zanzibar but we had such a great time at Porini. From the incredible, knowledgeable staff to the fantastic food and comfortable 'tents' everything was spot on. But most importantly of course were the drives into the park. Within ten minutes of being picked up from the airstrip, we had encountered a family of lions with their cubs, an incredible sight! From then on it was a constant stream of lions, cheetahs, elephants, buffallos and even the elusive leopard. Our drivers and guides could not do enough to enhance our experience. We also opted for a walking tour one morning which I highly recommend, great to get your feet on the soil, in amongst the 'foot' prints of all of those animals you've been spotting! The staff couldn't do enough for us, including bringing us fresh coffee to drink whilst watching the wildlife from our terrace and leaving a bottle of wine chilling in the tent. The tents were 'guarded' by Masai at night time and even though we could hear lions roaring outside and hippos grunting (!!) we felt completely safe and secure. Don't think about going, just go - you won't regret it.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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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
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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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