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.
At Rhino camp, you are welcomed by David, who is gracious, warm, and funny. The perfect camp manager, and I think he would do anything for anyone, he's just amazing and his warmth and humour colored the entire experience. The camp is beautifully situated with great views from every tent. The range of wildlife here was amazing with new giraffes (reticulated), zebras (Grevy's and hybrids) and wild dogs, which were a thrill to see. It was a very special (and very sad) opportunity to see one of the last remaining Northern White Rhinos. We also enjoyed the visit to the Sweetwater's chimp sanctuary; the visit was very nicely organized and the work they are doing is so important. It was at this camp that we really appreciated Porini's commitment to conservation, as we had the opportunity to see different approaches (integration of cattle grazing/conservation of rare species).
We thought the meals were very good at all Porini camps, and probably the very best at this one. We loved our time at Rhino Camp; it provided such an interesting contrast to both Amboseli and the Mara. I wish we could have stayed longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Porini Rhino Camp is located in the exclusive 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia Kenya. The camp consists of six spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished with en suite bathrooms. The camp is environmentally-friendly with solar powered lighting and no generator. Game drives in open - 4x4s with qualified guides, bush walks, sundowners and night game drives are all included. All the Big Five have been seen on game drives from the camp. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Porini Rhino Camp Hotel Nanyuki
- Porini Rhino Camp Kenya/Nanyuki Town