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Porini Mara Camp
Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Wish we could have stayed longer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We were booked into the Porini Lion camp, so were somewhat surprised to be delivered to the Porini Mara instead. But what a great mix-up - we loved this camp, came right up to our expectations of a Porini camp (having stayed at the Porini Amboseli). It blended into the surrounding nature, with animals whining, snorting and calling all night we really were in the wild. The camp staff ensured we were safe at all times, accompanying us to and from our tents at night, with whistles and torches in the tent just in case we had unwelcome visitors. The food was brilliant, given the small kitchen tent and the remoteness of the camp. Fresh fruit, vegetables, salads, all beautifully presented. Our guides Shadrack and Marima were great, the camp manager Jimmy always took time to sit with us and have a chat. The conservancy gave us the feeling we were the only ones there (unlike the Mara, which although stunning, grated after a while when there were dozens of jeeps jostling for photos of the 2 cheetahs or lions). Well worth staying here to get that bush feeling, vast empty spaces with just animals and enjoy the night drives - a whole new experience. The eco credentials of the camp (solar energy, safari buckets) are an extra boon.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Porini camps: Rhino, Mara, Lion, and Nairobi.
 
We went during the slow season and so the tent camps were mostly empty. Even the lovely Lion Camp was mostly empty. The camps are all comfortable. The beds are comfortable. The service was consistent and timely. Might I say impeccably timely. The game drives were really great. The guides and the drivers are excellent. They know how to find game and have deep knowledge of the animals and habitat. The relationship between the Maasai and the tent camp operator seems to be win-win. The conservancies provide privacy and the fact that all the employees are Maasai, provides added value in the form of culture and their knowledge of the lands and wild life. Most, if not all, the guides are trained at a school in the Maasai Mara. We got to visit a Maasai village. At lion camp, the guides have named all the prides and nearly every cat. They have intimate knowledge of the stories of the cats. It’s really quite impressive. We enjoyed our 13 day Safari at 5 different locations. This was our first experience in Tent camps. I would have been curious to have experience a more occupied camp.
 
 Annie & Paul - Raiche

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We've just returned from this paradise to a snowy SE England - the contrast couldn't be greater. Yesterday morning we were walking with our guides looking at the wealth of wildlife around us and soaking up the marvellous scenery in 32 degrees and today it's back to reality! Our guides were wonderfully knowledgeable and the drivers very skilful. We saw animals galore including lions and a black rhino! Everybody at the camp did their best to make us welcome and to look after us and our 'tents' were bliss. I went to sleep on the first night to the sounds of a hippo splashing in the nearby river. I should love to return. Thank you to all at the camp.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We had a fantastic stay at Porini Mara Camp.
To be the only guests at the camp for two days were just a unic experience.
Great accomadation with excellent food.
Our guides Wilson and Mariema took so good care of us and showed us absolute everything.
Amazing.
Steve w Gamewatchers Safari had helped us with all arrangements and everything turned out to be BETTER then we ever thought it could be.
Thank You all!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I spent our honeymoon here and we're terrified that no other place to stay will ever live up to this. The game driving and closeness to park are fantastic assets but what truly blew us away was the friendliness of the staff and the comfort of the tents. All of the guest walked around in a kind of joyous daze ... who needed all of the great provided drinks when you are just so relaxed?!? Highly recommended and would suggest that you save up to come here rather than settle for anywhere else. Also has great social and environmental features to help us feel like we're contributing more than we're taking away.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Porini Mara Camp is beyond excellent. The guides are loads of fun, they seem to really like what they do. The manager is extremely pleasant and takes the utmost care of the clients. The food is wonderful and the animals...there are so many animals, but only very few tourists. This means you will get the chance to drive around and feel like you are the only people around and be surrounded by giraffes, zebras, wilderbeast and so many more. The staff at the camp forsee your every need, so everything is ready when you feel the need.
Sitting at the camp fire underneath the stars sipping a cocktail, while listening to the lions roar in the night. Pure magic!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Tour : KENYA SAFARI & BEACH RESORT from Dec 15 to 28, 2012.

After reading the great tripadviser reviews on 'Gamewatchers Safari', I emailed them (GS) with my requirements. I received a prompt reply from Robyn and it was the start of many email exchanges. Since this was our first trip to Kenya, we left it to Robyn to chalk out the itinerary, based on, of course, our requirements; and, boy, did she do a good job! She gave us a plan as follows:
i) Hotel Serena, Nairobi : 2 nights
ii) Amboselli Porini Camp : 2 nights
iii) Sunbird Lodge, Lake Nokuru : 2 nights
iv) Mara Porini Camp : 3 nights
v) Hotel Pinewood Village, Galu Beach : 5 nights
Apart from booking us as above, she also arranged airport pickup & drop, domestic flights, game drives....everything, the TOTAL package. You do not have to do anything! The entire trip clicked like clockwork.
HOTEL SERENA: A good & clean, friendly staff, great food & good location.
AMBOSELLI & MARA PORINI CAMPS: Porini in Maasai language means 'in the wilderness'. If you are looking for 'four/five star' luxuries, then the Porini Camps are not for you. The tents are very basic but clean & comfortable. Food is simple, fresh & wholesome. Most of the staff are local Maasais who are very friendly with great sense of humor. They go out of their way to make you feel at home and are very obliging. The guide & driver are knowledgable and can talk for hours on the local fauna & flora. They worked very hard to track the 'big five' and were very successful. We saw 22 lions and lost count of elephants, rhinos, wild buffalos, giraffes, zebras, wilde beests, antelopes, wart hogs, baboons and birds. Were not lucky with cheetahs...just few of them. Were totally unlucky with leopards... not even one; very shy creatures!
SUNBIRD LODGE, Lake Nokuru: A great lodge with all the comforts you can think of. However try to avoid the cottages near the swimming pool because you have to climb over 50 steps to go to the lounge & dining area. Stephen was our driver & guide who drove us from Nairobi to this lodge and took us around Lake Nokuru Park which is great for flamingos, elephants, rhinos, hippos, baboons and birds. Wilde beests, zebras & giraffes are everywhere.
HOTEL PINEWOOD VILLAGE, Galu Beach: Private beach with white powdery sand, clean & safe, cool breeze throughout the day, unbelievably colorful sunrise & sunset on the blue Indian Ocean, unlimited good food & drinks throughout the day, laze in the swimming pool, dinner on the beach, well looked after by a friendly & professional staff, spacious & clean rooms.....what more do you want after 'roughing it out' in the Porini Camps! Just eat, read, swim, laze & sleep in a comfortable hotel resort....a perfect ending to a Safari!

CONCLUSION: If we want to go on a Kenyan Safari again, we know where to go...GAMEWATCHERS SAFARI !
HAKUNA MATATA if you make a trip with Gamewatchers Safari !
( remember LION KING....means NO WORRIES, in Swahili )

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Mara Porini Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
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