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“Porini Amboseli - Fantastic Safari Experience”

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Porini Amboseli Camp
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

What can I say that hasn't been said by all the previous reviewers. I travelled with my husband and two friends to the Selenkay Conservancy and arrived after a short plane trip from Nairobi. We were warmly greeted by our Masai driver and guide with a cup of tea/coffee and cake then taken on a game drive before checking in to our tented camp. Our tent was delightful with a kingsize and single bed, flush toilet and a hot shower when needed. The camp is set in a ring of tents with a community lounge/dining area.
The conservancy concept was great and we appreciated the peace and quiet of the few 4WDs that were owned by Porini compared with the dozens and dozens that descended on an animal sighting when we were in the Serengeti.
We also loved the contact with the local Masai Village and the enthusiasm of our driver and guide Daniel 1 and Shadrack and their amazing ability to find animals so up close and personal.
You could spend your hole Safari time between the different Porini Camps and it would be the perfect Kenya experience.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

My husband and I have a new standard for all future trips -- Porini Perfection. We did 9 nights with Porini, starting with Nairobi Tented Camp, 2 nights at Amboseli, 2 nights and Rhino and 4 nights at Lion, in late June/early July. We love the conservancy/eco concept, the execution and the people. The welcome is genuine, the tents are spacious, well-outfitted with comfortable beds, decent lighting, storage space, etc. The food was great! Tasty and there were always fresh vegetables. The bucket shower is not hard to get used to, and the water was always hot and ready when needed. The guiding was fantastic and the wildlife viewing in the conservancies is just amazing, with so few other cars around. The visits to the community are well integrated, and I can't imagine a better way to experience these different areas of Kenya.

Yes, you have do some hand-washing (esp for a 9-night stay!) and we were happy to do that, respecting the eco principles and appreciating the provision of laundy soap and clothesline. Stuff dries fast, and we packed a few more clothes than one might have to if going to other lodges where laundry is available. A small sacrifice when everything else is just perfect.

Amboseli was our first stop after NTC and we loved the park. Jonah was an outstanding guide, and we were warmly welcomed by the manager Tony. I don't think we had realized how far the camp is from the park, but it wasn't a problem. We did an all-day safari through the park and saw a great range of birds, wonderful elephants and hippos, and even glimpsed Mt Kilimanjaro through the clouds. When we finally got to camp after an amazing day in Amboseli, we decided to shower and rellax before dinner, when Tony came by to tell us that a large lion pride had just entered the conservancy, and would we like to go see it? Wow -- I have never gotten dressed so fast in my life, and it was a thrill to see a big pride with 8 very young cubs who were very curious to see us staring at them. We had this amazing sighting all to ourselves, and that's what I love about these conservancies -- the opportunity to view wildlife in ideal settings.

The activities at Amboseli are very well planned -- the community visit was authentic and very interesting; we took some nice walks with Jonah and loving see gerenuks -- a new antelope for us. Of the Porini camps we visited, this one seemed the most integrated with the community and it was a fascinating visit. We loved the Amboseli experience, and thought it was a great way to start our safari trip.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

My husband, twin teenage daughters, and I spent two nights at Porini Amboseli Camp in late June. This was the first of three Porini camps we visitied on our first trip to Kenya. We were picked up at the airstrip with coffee, tea and cookies waiting for us. We saw a huge variety of animals and birds around the Amboseli marshes before heading to camp. The elephants were a highlight for us. It was a long (3 hour) drive to the camp, but once we arrived we settled in to our lovely tents and enjoyed meeting the staff and other travelers. We spent the next couple of days in the Selenkay Conservancy taking walks, going on game drives, eating delicious meals, and making new friends around the campfire. We loved visiting the Masai village and learning about the Masai culture from our guide, Shadrack. A wonderful stay!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

I am writing this review after having been to 4 different areas so that I could identify the differences. This being the first of two game watcher camps we stayed at we really worthwhile. The involvement of the Masai people and the concept of the private Conservancy was indeed a excellent experience, with fabulous interaction with the staff and the animals. We did not realise the advantage of a small group and considerable less vehicles compared to National Park. You can get up close and personal with all animals and not have hordes of people influencing what the animals do. The location is excellent just a short drive from the airfield only 35 minute flight from Nairobi. The tented accommodation and the food is excellent in these small camps of just 9 tents (ensuited).

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We stayed as a family of 4 with 2 teenagers 16 and 18 for 2 nights in July 2014. We wanted a small scale authentic and responsible experience of the conservancy and amboseli. Everything was excellent. Warmth of welcome, luxury tents and no Mosquitos, excellent vehicles.. The Masai guides could not be faulted. Their knowledge was encyclopaedic and they bridged cultures with a genuine warmth. I recommend this trip for its richness in animals and birds which are abundant in this natural environment. One highlight and bonus was our guides picked up lion tracks and pursued them until they found 2 male lions guarding a recent kill. Elephants in amboseli will blow your mind and all in the shadow of Kilimanjaro. Don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the Masai villages which benefits from the conservancy income. Our thanks to Tony Jonah and julius for their hospitality. Not cheap but every dollar spent was worthwhile and benefits the Masai, the animals and ourselves.

Room Tip: All tents are great. Don't worry about animal sounds at night. All safe and well protected
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stayed at 3 Porini Camps over 6 nights, Amboseli was our first stop. Had a great first day in Amboseli National Park, saw many elephant, which our main reason for visiting Amboseli. After that we headed to our camp, it was quite a long drive to the camp. The staff were great and Tony, the manager was very attentive, he dined with us and was very interesting to talk to. We were unfortunate not to see many animals the next day in Selenkay Conservancy, I think we were just unlucky! Visited the Masai village, really great to see Porini helping the local villages. The tent was spacious, a very quiet and relaxing place to be.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LisaDmz
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Porini Amboseli was our first of 4 camps (3 Porinis and one non-Porini) visited on our 2 week safari in Kenya. This was our first trip ever to Kenya and first time on safari so we had no idea what to expect. My husband and I originally wanted to do the Porini Adventure Camps, hoping to avoid too fancy of a camping experience, but that camp didn't open until July, so Amboseli it was. SO GLAD we ended up here! Porini Camps are amazing, just the right amount of comfort without being fussy. Of course the animals are amazing, which is why were on safari, but everyone at the camp was so lovely! Great big thanks to Tony for such a great experience, your camp is lovely!! And Wilson and Julius...couldn't have asked for better guides! The four of us (we were lucky to have the jeep to ourselves) watched a cheetah family eat and also watched two groups of elephants come together and in both situations (as well as all of the others) Wilson and Julius were just as into the experience as we were. It's not just a job, they really loved watching too!

Back to the camp...the eco-friendly commitment is alive and well here. No cardboard boxed lunches when eating out on safari. All reusable plates, cups, utensils, etc. Everything came back to camp with us...very little waste. This is the way we live at home and it was wonderful to have the same consideration for the land here on vacation. The care and concern for the environment, the animals and the people really shows at Porini.

Porini Camps also have the best jeeps! All open sided, none of those closed in mini-vans! Phew!! I didn't go across the world to sit enclosed in a minivan...I want to be as close as possible (w/out being eaten!)

Could go on and on, but will just say that when we go back (really want to take family), we will be staying with Porini Camps!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Selenkay Conservancy, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Amboseli Eco-system
Price Range: £583 - £956 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Porini Amboseli Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Selenkay Conservancy lies a few miles north of Amboseli National Park, is an important dispersal area and rangeland for wildlife migrating out of Amboseli. The number of tourist visitors is limited to eighteen per day. Accommodation is at Porini Camp. The facilities include 9 spacious tents, comfortably furnished with en suite bathrooms and solar-powered electric lighting. Game drives in open 4x4s with qualified guides, bush walks, sundowners and night game drives are all included ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Amboseli Porini Camp, Selenkay Conservancy Hotel Amboseli Eco-System

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