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Porini Mara Camp
Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

i will preface this by saying if you want a hot shower at will, temperature control in your room, electricity, etc. this is not the place for you. these are not luxurious tents, but clean and comfortable. what makes the porini camps so special is the experience. you will literally be next to the wildlife, being guided by knowledgeable, friendly masai, with no one around you, esp on the conservancy. once you get into the mara, more crowded and much more touristy. i wouldn't hesitate to tell anyone to come to the porini camps, but be forewarned about the rustic nature of the camps. solar power means just that. a safari shower is a 5 gallon bucket shower with water carried to your tent by one of the masai workers. food was great and the staff beyond friendly. once in a lifetime experience.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I recently spent 3 nights at Porini Mara camp (Ol Kinyei Conservancy) and it was absolutely fantastic!! This was my third visit to this camp, and definitely my best ever safari experience over the past 30 years.
The staff gave an unbelievably high quality service, and nothing was ever too much trouble.
Food was varied and prepared and presented to a very high standard, as good as you get in any 'hotel' in Africa .......(I have travelled all over Africa, so I know!!). And the bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in!
My safari guides (Stanley & Geoffrey) were fabulous, and their wildlife spotting skills were out of this world!! One example was when we were ambling along in the conservancy one morning, and Geoffrey suddenly said "Cheetah, to the right". We looked, and couldn't see anything. He said "see that bush about 100 metres over there, to the left there's a little wagging tail". Sure enough, when we got closer, there was a cheetah secreted in the thicket, with four gorgeous little cubs about three months old. We spent the next hour or so with them, and of course because it is a private game conservancy, we were the only vehicle in the area, so these five wonderful creatures were not hounded by countless mini-buses as they would have been in the neighbouring Masai Game Reserve ....... this is one of the best things about going to Ol Kinyei - the game is yours and yours alone, and there’s nothing better than just sitting there watching them being a family, and all the interaction that goes on.
Thank you to everyone involved with Porini Mara …… I’ll be back soon!

Room Tip: There are 6 luxury tents in the camp, and I've stayed in Nos. 3, 4 and 5 over the years. They...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I recently spent two nights at Porini Mara and had a fantastic time. Saw lots of wildlife including cheetah, lion, giraffe etc on the conservancy. The Maasai guides were excellent trackers and very good company. Being able to take walks, enjoy sundowners and view wildlife from a comfortable, open 4x4 was fantastic. You could see the envy of those driving around in minivans when we showed up in the Masai Mara Reserve. The quality of the food was excellent as was the service at camp. Very clean, spacious, comfortable tents.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We have stayed in several 5* lodges but never in a tented camp. What a difference canvas makes. You hear every little noise, you are so close to nature and the wildlife. The camp and the staff are excellent. They really go the extra mile for the guests. The tents are luxurious, and kept very clean & tidy.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We first stayed at Pornini Mara Camp in January 2012 and enjoyed it so much we went again in November 2012 and brought friends with us! We all had a wonderful time, nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The tents are large with everything you could wish for, the food is good, both when eating at the camp and when we took a picnic on a full day safari. The drivers and guides are extremely knowledgable, they know not just about all the animals and but also all the birds, trees and flowers. They are also very flexible, letting you decide what time you would like your game drive and also trying to find a particular animal you would most like to see. Gamewatchers also arranged our balloon ride followed by a champagne breakfast in the Masaai Mara Game Reserve which was amazing. Well done to all the staff who organise and work with Porini Mara Camp, we will definitely be returning again next year!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights here, and our only complaint was that it was not enough! The location is wonderful, being the only camp in this Conservancy, and the tents are very comfortable, and well positioned for views and a degree of privacy.
The camp is staffed my Masai, who are quiet and reserved, but very efficient. They also served the coldest Tusker beers of our entire trip to Kenya! The food was plentiful, of good quality, although there was no choice of main course (not a complaint, as I amsure they would have provided another option if we had wanted) and meals were taken around a large communal table with the other guests.
Stars of the stay for us were Jimmy, our guide/driver, and Marima the spotter. They were simply wonderful, and helped us see everything we could have wanted (except the elusive leopard), Highlight was spending over an hour (without other vehicles) watching a female cheetah with 4 small cubs - priceless! There is a huge amount of game in the Conservancy, and any fears we had about staying outside the National Parks were completely unfounded.
We will return, health and wealth permitting.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I and my sister have made many trips to East Africa going on safari (I the older sister made my first East African safari 1965) A few years ago we discovered Porini Amboseli and fell in love with it. This year we returned for out third visit and also went to Porini Mara and last to Porini Lion so now we have three loves!
We are both elderly (72 and 76 years) and not so agile any longer but all three camps can be highly recommended also to elderly people who are still young in mind.
The service is absolutely firstclass. All our wished were fullfilled also some we did not know we had!! The staff, guides, drivers, camp staff including the manager always made sure that we were well looked after from the early morning tea outside our tent to the hot water bottle in the bed.
The tents were large and well equipped, food was good and ample both when we had out meals "at home" and as picknik lunches during the safaries.
We saw a very great number of animals . The guide/driver was very good at spotting those and also know how to get the best possible angle for taking good pictures. He was also a good driver managing the rather rough roads.
We spent tree nights in Mara Porini and finished each day happy and exhausted after a day crammed full of experiences.
The camp can be highly recommended and we certinaly want to return.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Porini Mara Camp is located in the exclusive 17,500 acre wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei, one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. The camp has 6 spacious guest tents with an en-suite bathroom sited in the shade of Yellow-barked Acacia trees. The camp accommodates a maximum of 12 guests, where guests enjoy game drives in 4x4s, sundowners at scenic viewing points and escorted walks with Maasai guides. Ol Kinyei is noted for its excellent wildlife viewing with a resident pride of lions, cheetahs, leopards and a wide variety of animals. There is a strict limit on the number of tourist vehicles allowed in the conservancy so that visitors from the camp can view the wildlife without other vehicles. ... more   less 
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