We arrived at Porini Lion after a few days at Porini Mara where we had seen almost everything we wanted to see. The tents were nicer here in that they were more spacious and the area was more open; the staff was exceptional. My son celebrated his 17th birthday on our first night and the cook made a cake and the staff sang and danced, much to the delight of all the guests. The guides were great and took extraordinary measures to see that we saw a leopard, which was one of our "open items"
We saw the migration which was quite cool. The stars were amazing at night too, and the camp manager Juma was exceptionally attentive. We saw all the animals again (lions by the dozen, hippos, cheetahs, leopard, elephant, zebras, baboons, monkeys, cervil cat, jackals, hyenas, wildebeest, cape buffalo, every gazelle, impala, topi, kontopi or other deer-like creature you can imagine, birds, vultures, eagles, snakes (cool) and more that I am forgetting). You see so much that you do get kind of immune to it "oh my, another herd of giraffes, oh hum" and then have to just remember how totally cool this is! I really loved seeing them "en masse" since zoos will have a few of each animal but to see 15 or so giraffes grazing is really something else entirely
Personally, I liked the Porini Mara camp better but think that was because we had just exceptional animal viewing the days we were there. In Porini Lion, we saw lions every day, lots and lots of others as well and some really cool things (cheetah kills, Leopard hunts, Lion cubs) but its a bigger conservancy so you are driving more. You realize that these are wild animals and you will see them when they want to be seen! Its hard to make a comparison as you cant go wrong with either of them I wish we had had time to go to Porini Rhino as I'd like to have seen Rhinos; heard from other guests who had done Rhino and Amboseli that they loved the trips there as well.
Would highly highly recommend the Porini camps overall and can not wait for my return to Porini Lion!
Can not wait to return!
- Also Known As:
- Porini Lion Camp Hotel
- Porini Lion Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Porini Lion Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Porini Lion Camp is located in the exclusive 20,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy bordering the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, home to an abundance of animals. With 10 spacious comfortably furnished tents, each with private verandahs and en-suite bathrooms, the camp is small and exclusive giving a real bush experience. Guests enjoy the game drives in open 4x4's, escorted bush walks with Maasai warriors and sundowners. The Camp is the perfect base to experience the annual wildebeest migration. ... more less