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Porini Lion Camp

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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.
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Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
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Mara Lodges Airport12 mi
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My husband and I and our 2 adult children spent 2 nights at Porini Lion Camp in December. Our tent was perfect: two sleeping tents with a living area in between. Our beds were very comfortable; bathrooms and "bucket showers" were great; food was delicious and conversation around
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This was my 15th safari and by far the best I've ever had. Not only because we were able to check off the majority of the big finds in Kenya (lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and even some hyena pups within 12 hours) but the accommodations and hospitality were incredible.
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My family of 4 did an 11 day safari with Porini/Gamewatchers over Christmas 2018 and it was perfect. Name an animal and we saw it. We saw life and death on the savannah expressed in every way. We saw baby cheetahs, lions, hyenas, elephants, zebras, topis, hippos, cape buffalos,
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Response from Jake G, Owner at Porini Lion Camp
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Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and it is always a great pleasure for us to read such positive reviews from our guests who appreciate our conservation mission and our connection with the local community. We do stress that Porini Lion Camp does not claim to be a luxury establishment on similar lines to some of the bigger and more expensive deluxe boutique camps but, like our other Porini Camps, it was originally set up by us to provide income and employment opportunities for the Maasai community whose land has been leased to form the conservancy where habitat is protected for wildlife outside the Mara Reserve. It also enables the family members of the local community to be the hosts in a small bush camp on their own land. The emphasis is on high quality guiding and great wildlife viewing with accommodation in a small bush camp of just ten guest tents and with simple but comfortable facilities and I'm really glad that you enjoyed the safari experience so much. We are delighted that we receive a very large number of repeat guests who come back to us year after year and I do hope that we may welcome you back again on another safari soon! Jake Grieves-Cook Chairman, Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps
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Just returned from 3 nights at Porini Lion Camp. Everything and I mean everything about this camp was amazing. The game drives were outstanding. Big cats (lions, cheetahs and leopards) everywhere along with rhinos, hippos, giraffe, zebra and so many more. At first it was a
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Stayed at lion porini camp with my sister and we had such an amazing stay. Our guide and driver Little John and Julius picked us up from the airport.Tthey were our guides for the next couple of days. They showed us the wonders of the Mara! Lots of lions, leopards, cheetahs,
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We have many specialist photographers staying with us at our Porini Camps and you will be . We have open-sided 4x4 safari vehicles and you can see photos of these on our website via the link on the TripAdvisor review page for Porini Lion Camp. Our vehicles have 6 passengers seats in 3 rows of 2 seats. If you take exclusive use of a vehicle then we can remove a row of seats so that you can get a lower vantage point for photography. There are many examples of images taken by photographers from our vvehicles in the Safari Diary section of our website. I hope that helps and we will be happy to welcome you to the Porini Camps. Jake Grieves-Cook Chairman, Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps
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Hi AmeriDok, I said that it would take you 7 hours to drive but I think in retrospect that is overstating it. It is very difficult to be certain as it is impossible to know what the traffic will be like but it can be as short as 5 hours. The actual distance is probably just over 250 km depending where you start in Nairobi.
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Hi, How fortunate for you. We generally pay extra for this option as it gives you a whole extra morning to enjoy the wildlife and scenery. The short answer is YES but it really depends upon how busy the camp is and whether they have new travellers due to enter your tent or not for that night. Under normal circumstances, IF they do not have anyone coming into your tent then they will allow you to leave all your stuff in the tent. You will go out for a game drive in the normal manner early in the morning. You will be back in time for lunch, have lunch and then probably go to the tent and have a shower etc before being transported to the airstrip for your plane's arrival. If however they need your tent for the next guests, then they will definitely have somewhere for you to put your bags safely whilst you go out for a nice long game drive. Every thing else will be as above but they may not have a tent to let you shower before getting on the plane. I am sure though that they will find somewhere suitable if you need to change your clothes etc. The camp staff are most accommodating really. Hope that helps, Ben
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We drove from Nairobi to Mara Siria camp first (about 5 or 6 hours, if I remember right). From Nairobi to Porini Lion Camp is proabably about the same. We flew back to save time. About 50-60 minutes via Safarilink small plane. Many people want to go there during the time of the wildebeest migration, but there are trade-offs with many more tourists at that time. We were there shortly after the migration (November) and there were relatively few tourists and we therefore got great views of the wildlife without many other vehicles competing for viewing angles.
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Weather was great. No bugs at all. I was actually shocked. Took multiple brands of repellent and never touched any of them. Cool in the AM, but occasionally got very warm in the afternoon, but cool again by Sundowner time.
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"Any tent should work - the ones facing the plains (5,6 &7) to view animals, the ones facing the stream(2,3 &4) for the birds"
"I think No. 10 has the best aspects and position - but it is the furthest."
"I was in the family tent. Two separate bedrooms with a living room in the middle."
"all tents are good"
"A tented site offered a real feeling of being."
$839 - $1,457 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
porini lion camp hotel maasai mara national reserve
KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National Reserve
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