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Gamewatchers Adventure Camp, Selenkay
Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Out of this world Stay!”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

I am breaking this review in 3 sections :

a. Service and Stay - We've been to so many places, visited atleast 10 countries and stayed in all sort of places including some 5 star hotels etc. too but the service that you get from these people - I guess no one can even imagine coming close to it! People and staff there - they treat you like a god - always there for you - always smiling and even guessing what you might need so that they are ready even before you ask! The best people in the world - always smiling! Chef was amazing too with some mouth watering food options. Wilson the head over there is always ensuring you are having best of the times for yourself!
b. Conservancy - Very good conservancy and a heaven for bird lovers - dont miss it! We saw group of elephants drinking waters, showering and also taking mud showers after that! Very rich in wildlife - there is a leopard there as well and a group of cheeta too... even though they are not as easy to spot there as Zebras and Giraffes. My bet is your chances of seeing cheeta is probably 1 in 5 game drives and the shy leopard 1 in probably 10. There are ostriches too. Ambesoli national park was an amazing experience too.
c. Guides - Our guides were Shady and Fostine (sorry if I am spelling your name wrongly :-( ) and they were very good - very knowledgeable about the wild and bird life around there. They were doing their best to give us a good time and experience. Though we wish we had Wilson because he is just amazing but understanding he can not travel all of us around and there were no probs with Shady.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

My sister and I stayed for 3 nights in August. Gamewatchers Safari did an outstanding job with our arrangements/ welcome on arrival and departure. We came to the conservancy with insect repellants but there were no mosquitoes/flys this time of the year. It is their winter so come with warm clothing for the mornings and evenings. There is a day trip to Amboselli National Park from the conservancy. It is absolutely stunning and it was incredible watching the elephants...this is thanks to Wilson our guide. Amboselli is dusty (especially with the number of vehicles)..so come prepared with something to cover your nose/mouth. Wilson our guide is a walking encyclopedia. His passion with birdlife in Selenkay conservancy certainly rub off on us and we enjoyed seeing the amazing birdlife in the conservancy which we did not expect. His hunt for the cheetah was one of the key highlight for us.
Solomon, the cook, delivers stunning food each day. That is the beauty of the adventure camp. Accommodation is in basic 2 person tent (though have own toilet/bathroom at the back of the tent) but food is absolutely good and the 4 wheel drives are as good as those of the luxury tented accommodation. We enjoyed the communal dining and the sharing of experiences each evening with other travellers around the camp fire. We enjoyed the camp in that it was staffed by Maasai. Another highlight for us was the visit to the Maasai village. It was very enjoyable inter-acting with the villagers.
The camp is highly recommended as we certainly enjoyed the beauty of the landscape/wildlife and people. Maasai Mara is very different from Selenkay conservancy/Amboselli. Certainly worth exploring both. We will not hesitate to book another adventure with Gamewatchers Safari.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Was there just 2 weeks ago and simply love the place. Lovely staff and guides who make you feel like everyone's one whole family. The food is excellent and game drive fun. Lots of bird life for the ornithologist!

Love it!

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Bristol
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

I would like to thank all of the staff at the selenkay adventure camp who made our stay so welcoming, friendly and fun. The Masai guides have such incredible knowledge of the wildlife and gave us a real experience, without them I am certain our holiday would have been much different, for the worse! If you are looking for a safari that you will remember for a lifetime, you must use game watchers. You will also be giving something back to this world, a win-win for everyone! This camp is suitable for all ages and will provide excitement throughout. I can not recommend them enough and I hope I hope one day to return!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

I and my wife stayed at the Gamewatchers Adventure Camp in Selenkay Conservancy between Aug. 02 and Aug. 05, 2013 as a part of their Selenkay - Ol Kinyei Conservancies package and had the time of our lives. Before all we should thank Steve Sturton-Davies, who responded to our booking request, answered all our questions and addressed all our requests. We exchanged countless emails and had several conversations over the phone. Every detail was worked out in advance and nothing was left to chance (airport - hotel – airport transfers, local flights, even a transfer from Gamewatchers Adventure Camp in Ol Kinyei to another safari operator’s camp in Masai Mara was worked our). Thank you Steve, you went a way beyond just a good customer service!

The idea about the private conservancies is a great thing, having visited three major national reserves in Kenya, we were able to see the differences. Gamewatchers Safaris are leasing the land from the local Masai sharing the profits with the community and also employing Masai in their camps (staff is 100% Masai, including camp managers). The major differences between the private conservancies and the national reserves is that in the conservancies there are a lot less visitors (in the cases of Selenkay and Ol Kinyei just the Gamewatchers Safaris guests), off the road and night drives are permitted as well as walking safaris. In the adventure camps we were able to enjoy the same quality of food, safari vehicles and guides as in the luxury Porini camps at a lot cheaper prices, the only difference was that we camped in a very basic tents, sleeping on mattresses on the ground. To us this was absolutely fine, even added to the sense of adventure and there wasn’t a single moment of discomfort. It is important to notice that Gamewatchers are including in the package all local flights to and from the conservancies which were very comfortable and also a great attraction – you could see all the actions of the pilot, as well as take areal photos of beautiful African landscapes. There is no time wasted on the road, you leave Nairobi and 30 minutes later you are on a game drive in the conservancy. The last day you have a morning game drive in Selenkay and then an afternoon drive in Ol Kinyei.

The Staff at the Selenkay Gamewatchers Adventure Camp was nothing short of fabulous, I can not name personally everyone, but would like to underline the great work of the camp manager Wilson, our guide Jonah, our great driver Julius and our chef Solomon.
Food was of a great quality and quantity (although not our priority, but we should mention it). Game drives were great, guides very knowledgeable. Safari vehicles were very good - top open-sided (some with an open roof) 4X4 Land Cruisers and Land Rovers, thus offering great photo opportunities and close wildlife encounters. Game in the conservancy is plentiful – all sorts of antelopes and gazelles (elands, impalas, the rare long necked gerunuk, lesser kudus, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, dik-diks), giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras, ostriches and tons of smaller birds, warthogs etc.

We also had a fabulous full day game drive in Amboseli National Park included in the price of the package. Beautiful views and lots of game (hundreds of elephants).

Tents were very comfortable, we were able to stand at the center of the tents, private sitting toilets with proper plumbing and private bush showers were available just behind each tent. I had the best night sleep of my life. Sleeping bags and towels are available for rent for $10 a day.

We would also like to note the visit to a traditional Masai village – I was a bit sceptical about this at first (having visited similar venues in other parts of the world where everything is set up just for the amusement of tourists), but the Masai village that we visited in Selenkay was 100% genuine, we were able to witness the lifestyle of the Masai, hear them singing, interact with them and take as many photos as we wish.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Having visited several other Porini camps, I was desperate to try the adventure camping as an alternative experience. We spent 3 nights there as part of our honeymoon and we had a truly wonderful experience. The accommodation was more than adequate and perfectly comfortable. Staff were committed to providing fantastic service and the experience and knowledge of the guides provided a real education on birds, animals, plant life, tracks and trails as well as the Maasai culture. Wilson, the camp manager, in particular had an infectious interest in birdlife and what turned out to be a remarkable skill at playing Scrabble! The food and safari experience in no way differed from the high quality provided at all Porini camps, despite the more 'budget' nature of adventure camping. Any drinks other than water were available but at very affordable prices.

Highly recommended in conjunction with either standard Porini camps or as a complete adventure camp safari. Even the local elephants showed interest in staying at the camp!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Naples, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

The Adventure Camp program is the "roughing it"/less expensive Safari Experience and I would highly recommend it. The accommodations were simple yet very comfortable starting with spacious Coleman type 3-4 man tent per couple. Mattresses on floor were far more comfortable than you'd think and each tent had it's own bathroom with flush toilet, running sink water and detached shower just a few feet from your tent. Showers were "safari style" which meant sharing an overhead large bucket, but water was very hot and enough for 2 people. The camp staff were highly attentive and catered to your every need. The food was plentiful and delicious--even for our vegetarian daughter. I can't say enough about their hard working, honest and very fluent/educated Masi tribe guides (you have the same 2 the entire trip). They will go anywhere you want, anytime. Although we saw a few big cats, the area is more known for it's herbivores and we were surprised by the numbers and diversity (including gorgeous birds) in the Conservancy. A special treat was visiting the Masi Tribe Village which was both a "culture shock" and incredible education on simplicity. The Masi people are very giving people who have struck a wonderful deal with Gamewatchers/Porini camps to conserve their amazing resources. The Gamewatchers tour group did not miss a beat and were always there for transfers, no matter what the hour! I would definitely go on another trip with this great organization. My only suggestion would be to try and come with your own 5-6 people as they can put up to 6 in each vehicle and it is hard to match photography styles with strangers.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Gamewatchers Adventure Camp, Selenkay
Address: Selenkay Conservancy, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #14 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Amboseli Eco-system
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gamewatchers Adventure Camp, Selenkay, is sited in the Selenkay Wildife Conservancy in the Amboseli eco-system. For those for whom the wildlife safari experience is more important than the accommodation, and who are prepared to sleep in small tents in sleeping bags with an element of “roughing it”, this gives an opportunity for an exceptional and exclusive wildlife experience with high quality guiding but at a much lower price than expensive up-market safari lodges. ... more   less 

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