We have imagined watching animal migration in Kenya would involve quite some risks: Six vaccinations and anti-malaria pills ahead; some wild animals like lions are outrageously dangerous … Many thanks to Gamewatchers Safaris, our first ever safari holiday has turned out to be a very rewarding life experience. Also thanks to TripAdvisor and the many reviewers for sharing their experience on this platform that have helped us to make this right choice. We recently spent 2 nights in Nairobi Tented Camps and 3 nights in Maasai Mara Bush Camp. Both camps belonging to GameWatchers group; one in a national park and the other in a private conservancy. Fantastic reviews on these two camps on camp location, amenities and staff, safari guides, and game watch have mostly materialized. We are happy to add in a few extras that altogether have made a difference in us.
We were privileged to experience safari through the eyes of expert Maasai safari guides including Andrew, Wilson and Ben. We are impressed not only by their knowledge, but also by their pride and respect for nature, wildlife, and community that welcome tourists as guests on their homeland. Our heartfelt thanks go to our wonderful guide Andrew in Nairobi. His incredible sensitivity in spotting animals and readiness in sharing with us his rich knowledge has made our game watch amazing and fruitful. Many thanks also go to the camp staff, specifically Harry the Bush Camp manager and his great team of Maasai guides and warriors, who were always willing to go beyond lengths to integrate seamlessly environment with camp life to ensure our safety, comfort, and a fulfilling safari experience. And, of course, Sally in Gamewatchers UK for her responsiveness and professional arrangement.
Seeing is believing and disbelieving, too. We have never expected to co-exist in perfect harmony with lions in close proximity (5 -10 meters) unobstructively from an open 4 x 4 vehicle. Watching at our own pace lions climbing, cheetahs strolling, giraffes necking, wildebeests migrating, and a monkey calling alarm in wilderness were thrilling. Yet, we were somewhat surprised that not a single mosquito was found in our camps; even flies were rare. We might have to stretch our imagination a bit beyond our daily city life to fully enjoy the camp life. Safari shower (raising bucket of hot water to make shower by camp staff) seems a bit inconvenient to start with. But it was easily adapted to and has quickly become fond memories of the Safari and moments of reflection … May be I can take a “quicker” shower at home?!
We are planning our next visit to another Porini Camp. Asantesana (meaning thank you very much in Swahili that I learnt from Nairobi) Gamewatchers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury tented camp situated in a beautiful forested valley in the heart of Nairobi National Park. This 16 bed personal camp is surrounded by wilderness and a park containing a huge variety of wildlife, (lion, rhino, giraffe, etc) only a few kilometres from Nairobi city centre. The most unique spot to stay if you're in Nairobi for a stopover, tourism, conference or on business. ... more less