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Porini Mara Camp

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Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there for our honeymoon. Game viewing wasn't as good as we expected for the Mara(we're safari snobs) but we still saw two large prides of lions and got to spend over an hour with them without seeing another safari van. Obviously we saw tons of other animals as well. Food was good and the tent was very spacious and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because of business I found myself traveling solo to Nairobi and decided to find a safari for a few days since I was in Africa. The entire experience with Gamewatcher was amazing. Porini Mara is the camp I stayed in during my stay in the Mara. The camp is in a private game reserve just outside the mara. The camp... More 

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Whistler, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our Safari experience superseeded our expectations. I wanted to also get this next point right out of the gate before you read the rest of the review. Many people nowadays have the idea that "Africa is dangerous..don't go there" This could not be any further from the truth. There are dangerous places all over the world and being a westerner... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Porini Mara is my husband's favorite camp, and very, very well-deserved. What a joy to be met plane side with big hugs from Wilson and Marima, our guides from last time! On our way back to the camp we instantly encountered a female cheetah and her three cubs! It was great to see Jimmie, the manager again as well. My... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent two nights at Porini Mara in early June. As it was early in the season, we were the only guests. What a place! The concentration of wildlife around Porini Mara is astonishing, and the benefit of the conservancy is that there are no other safari vehicles around - you have the huge and amazing place to yourself. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's been a really long time since I've slept this well, taken in so much fresh air and wonderful views of our country's unique wildlife and awesome landscapes. Add on the delicious meals and sundowners, blazing campfire and insightful conversations with the likes of Jackson Liaram - our guide - and Jimmy the camp manager, and it's a delightful assault... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I planned a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa, but it has been so fabulous that we hope to return with family and friends. Friends recommended Gamewatchers Safaris because they operate first-class full-service safaris at a reasonable cost. Gamewatchers operates Porini (“in the wild” in Swahili) Camps where we stayed for eight nights. The Gamewatchers safari experience is superb... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spent two nights (June 2 & 3, 2015) at Porini Mara in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy -- booked through Julie Roggow (Gamewatchers Safaris), very knowledgable and helpful with great communication leading right up to the trip. Everything went smoothly from pick-up at hotel in Nairobi to flight departure from Wilson airport and pick-up at Ol Seki air strip, to arrival... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This was our first safari and we had very few expectations (I try to avoid getting my hopes up!) but Porini Mara Camp was absolutely out of this world. The 'tents' complete with a flushing toilet are beautifully presented and the food was delicious. The highlight of Porini Mara however was the staff. Everyone who works there is so friendly... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My extended family of ten, ranging from ages 6 to 70, visited four Porini Camps: Amboseli, Rhino, Mara, and Lion. Every aspect of Porini - the cultural experience, game drives/wildlife, accommodations, service, food - was stellar, and I'm convinced is totally unique from any other safari experience. Porini's model is rooted in environmental and social responsibility and partnerships with local... More 

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