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#7 of 155 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Porini Cheetah Camp is the latest in the Porini portfolio of small tented camps, designed to maximize your wildlife experience. Hosted by Jui and Nirmalya Banerjee who are avid wildlife enthusiasts, the Porini Cheetah Camp is unfenced and located inside the private Ol Kinyei Conservancy far from the usual safari crowds. It has just six spacious guest tents, each with ensuite bathroom.
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Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
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Mara Lodges Airport28 mi
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This was our second visit to Porini Cheetah, and no sooner had the plane landed and the door opened, Jacob, our spotter (also in 2017) ran up the steps to greet us and help us off the plane. We really felt good to be back and it was as though we were back home and part of a big happy family. We were allocated room 1 again, which is a short walk to all the facilities. As has been said by many others, Nirmalya and Jui are superb hosts, John is an excellent manager and all the staff are so friendly. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only Camp to have an honorary doctor who is solely responsible for producing medication (DAWA) that is superb and should be taken every night at the camp fire. We had Joel as our guide and was sharing the vehicle with Paddie and Arthur. Every effort was made to try and find what wildlife we enjoyed seeing. On our last full day we saw 11 individual cheetah and on our last morning, the elusive leopard came into view. So it was bitter sweet to have to leave Cheetah and move onto Lion camp. From Stephanie and Chris thank you everyone for such a wonderful time, and we will be back.
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Porini Cheetah ROCKS! We have traveled a great deal (we’ve visited 70+ countries and stayed at 7-star resorts to youth-hostels) and in our opinion Nirmalya and Jui are truly the best hosts we have ever met. Porini Cheetah camp is located in Ol Kinyei at a known cheetah hotspot. There are six comfortable resident tents. Mineral water (drinking) is always available. Meals are served in the mess tent. The camp has an informal and friendly feel to it and the staff, led by John S (the manager), is always available to help. The resident tents have international power sockets to charge your phones/cameras/devices etc (during the day) or you can charge it at John’s tent at night. The advantages of Porini Cheetah are (1) known cheetah hotspot, (2) access to Naboisho where there is a lot to see AND the guides are great in going offroad to get close (as permitted) to the animals and (3) Nirmalya and Jui who, IMO, are the real stars in this show. They have a real knack for putting guests at ease particularly at the family-style dinner table. There were guests from the US, the UK and Spain and in a short while everyone was sharing their game drives and their personal stories. We had excellent game drives led by Jacob and Joel (best friends, guide and spotter.) We saw cheetah and lion kills, leopard, hippos, elephants and many other animals. We discovered the true value of the guide/spotter when we saw the cheetah kill. Joel and Jacob explained the thought process as the mother cheetah tracked two targets (no success) and finally tracked and brought down the third target. In those 10-20 minutes we felt we were inside the mind of the cheetah evaluating, tracking, giving up, re-tracking and finally doing the big dash to bring down the target. The hunt was indeed more thrilling than the kill. Though we had prepared well for our trip Joel and Jacob were able to add a lot of rich perspective and make it a truly immersive and holistic experience. Jacob is genuinely funny! Below is one (of many) exchanges: Jacob: See, the hippo. (Sly smile.) How much meat you think it eats every day? me (poker face): Hmm, it weighs about 1.5 tons so maybe it eats 100-200 kilos or 1-2 zebras every day. Maybe 4-5 gazelles. Jacob: No. (Joel looks at me and shakes his head.) me: Hmm, maybe more? Maybe 6 zebras a day? Jacob: No. (Smiling more.) me (still straight face): OK. Maybe the hippo goes after a baby elephant every day. Silence for 3 seconds, then we all roar with laughter. (Hippos are herbivores!) One unique aspect of Porini Cheetah is that Nirmalya and Jui set up the whole camp from scratch. Nirmalya is BRILLIANT. I was fortunate to get his deep and perceptive insights into the safari business as well as the Kenya/Africa economy and various related subjects. We asked them about their extraordinary team. (In our travels we have seen maybe 5% gold star hosts but very rarely have we seen such cohesion and warmth in an entire team.) They went on to describe how they look for a certain human quality more than CV. We were really impressed by this story. The camp is a success in every sense. Jui and Nirmalya are truly passionate about their work. In one sense they are the Pierre and Marie Curie of the forest. They have spent a lot of their own time tracking and recording the animals and their movements and behavior. That their camp is a labor of love and that it is a real passion is evident when they recount their stories (Jui and the tusker, for example.) It is real. It rings true. And it will be a bestseller one day. (Write it please, Jui and Nirmalya!) Their passions are perhaps surpassed only by their hospitality-gene, a rare and valuable gift that can truly endear their guests. They knew about our dietary requirements but they were able to suggest (and surprise) us with so many things – well beyond the call of duty. Thinking about it makes me recall the story of George C Boldt (who gave up his own room for his guests) – the pinnacle of hospitality in the ancient spirit of Atiti Devo Bhava. For us it was heart warming to be in their gentle hands for the three (too short) days. God bless you, Nirmalya and Jui and Porini Cheetah. We cannot wait to return!
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We've now stayed at the 5 porini camps and whilst all have been good, without doubt the stay- welcome- food -staff- accommodation and organisation were all exceptionalhere. Thankyou Jui and Jermalya and I look forward to some of Juis' recipe posts! Paddie and Arthur from Anglesey North Wales.
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We just finished an amazing holiday in Kenya across three national parks...Amboseli, Ol Pejata and Masai Mara. Could not recommend the trip more. The whole trip was arranged by Gamewatchers. It was probably one of the best organized trip we had been including pickups, flights,camps and wonderful game drives. The highlight was the 4 nights at the Porini Cheetah camp at Masai Mara. The game drives were amazing with knowledgeable spotters and drivers. We were also priviedge to see the Mara crossing and migration by thousands of Wildebeests and Zebras (it happened early this year while we were there!).The camp itself was wonderful and the ever smiling team took care of our every need. With only six tents, it was more like a meeting with friends (in a very comfortable setting) and we will miss the evening dinners and conversations with other (equally excited) guests, and the warmth of the Masai staff. We also loved the way the camp in connected to the local Masai community (most of the staff were locals) and how knowledgeable and passionate everyone was about the wildlife and habitat. We look forward to revisiting.
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We stayed at Porini Cheetah for 4 nights. We chose this place after a lot of research and we were pleasantly surprised. This place is much more than it promises. We were warmly welcomed by Nirmalya and Jui - the heart and soul of this property. The tents are spacious and comfortable, the staff very courteous and the driver and guide (for game drives) very alert and knowledgeable. The day typically begins here with hot mug of coffee and cookies, followed by submerging safaris and ends by the bonfire and dinner table with a sequence of factual events and adventures at the conservancy. Jui takes detailed care of setting a scrumptious menu everyday and Nirmalya amuses everyone with his knowledge on flora and fauna of the conservancy. overall, a fabulous experience to nurture for life. this place comes to life with the enthusiasm of the hosts, staff and guests. The whole feeling is overwhelming. Absolutely & highly recommended.
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KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National Reserve
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