My wife and I were in Africa for the first time, and chose the Porini Lion Camp largely based on the Trip Advisor reviews. A good decision! We loved everything about it. The camp in neither too big nor too small, with 10 tents to house 20 something guests. We went this June, which is a slightly slower time because it's between the rainy season and the Wildebeast migration in July/August. There were only 2-4 other travelers staying there, so we got a little extra attention, but I'd say the level probably never really drops. The staff was phenomenal, pretty much all Maasai Warriors, and the most gentle and generous people you'll ever meet! The food was phenomenal, and there was a lot of it, and snacks and drinks were always available. Tusker has become one of our new favorite beers!
Our guides were Meshak and Jackson, who were both outstanding. They have what are called "Masai eyes", which means that because they are used to staring out on the savannah instead of at computer screens, they can spot things which seems impossible to the rest of us. They were personable and funny, and really made us feel special. We saw so much wildlife, it was incredible! We saw two separate Leopards, one dragging a kill of an Impala, and fighting with a hyena. We saw a family of three cheetahs, and saw one hunt and catch a rabbit. One of the most amazing things either my wife or I had ever seen! We saw several prides of lions, countless elephants and giraffes, and pretty much everything in between. I can't say enough about the animals, but being within 10 feet of them in an open air jeep is an experience you'll never forget! The camp being in the Olara Orok Conservancy is another huge plus, as there are only 3 camps total in it, and you're much more likely to see the animals without 10 other safari jeeps surrounding them. Its great to have the option to go into the Maasai Mara, or just to stay in the conservancy for the day, which is massive also. The three cheetas we saw, and one of the leopards, were all in the conservancy. The association between Game Watchers and the Maasai tribe is another plus, as it helps the tribe to sustain their way of life, and to preserve the land.
The tents are huge, and they bring warm water for you to shower with any time of the day. The beds are very comfortable, and the bathroom with a flushable toilet and shower are part of the tent, so there is no need to go outside.There are no fences around the tents, so you're instructed to stay in your tents at night, as animals will roam through the campground while you sleep. We heard hippos at night, and on our last night had lions wander through the camp. This might otherwise seems alarming, but the Maasai stay up all night in the camp with their spears, and the animals respect the tents as solid structures, not the canvas that they really are. We felt totally safe the entire time, and loved feeling like we were in the wild with the animals. There are other larger safari camps/hotels which are surrounded by an electrified fence, and which have more frills, but that's not really why we came to Africa. If you're looking for a lot of frills, this may not be the place for you.
We would come back to the Porini Lion Camp in a heartbeat! Enjoy your trip!
All are good. We had tent #8, which is relatively close to the river, but further from the baboons...
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