...as we embarked on the treacherous journey to the Maasai Mara i had varied thoughts on i thought having being to more than 60 Eco-camps in Kenya this was going to be just like any other experience; however, i was proved wrong..!! the camp is located in a private Ol Kinyei Conservancy - a partnership between 144 local private landowners and the facility. It has a comprehensive Environmental policy committed to environmental conservation through responsible and sustainable tourism, local community benefits and resources management. The policy is implemented through the environmental management system covering water, energy, occupational health and safety, and waste management.The Camp is constructed with a low impact to the natural environment. It is an active partner in Mara-Naboisho Lion Project - a research project established in collaboration with the International Research Institute (ILRI), the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Danish Zoological Society (DSZ) to collar lions for ecological monitoring.
It has rigorous solid waste management system. Waste separation is done at source; waste bins are colour coded and labeled. Organic waste is composted in a well sealed pit within the compound whereas plastics, glass and metallic waste is transported to Nairobi for recycling.
It has invested in solar energy for lighting and running its refrigerators. Cooking for guests is done using LPG gas. Charcoal and firewood used for staff and the oven are sourced from sustainable sources of production at Kakuzi Limited. The water up take for the facility is metered at the main outlets and daily monitoring done. Water conservation is promoted through guest and staff sensitization, use of water efficient dual cistern toilet system, drip irrigation on the charcoal fridge and use of ‘safari showers’ - 20 litres refillable buckets showers at the guest tents. It has a well established health and safety system and an elaborate corporate social responsibility (CSR) and supports education and health initiatives not forgeting employment of more than 90% of its employees from the local Maasai. Basically, the camp crowns my2012 Eco Camps experience.!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Porini Mara Camp is located in the exclusive 17,500 acre wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei, one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. The camp has 6 spacious guest tents with an en-suite bathroom sited in the shade of Yellow-barked Acacia trees. The camp accommodates a maximum of 12 guests, where guests enjoy game drives in 4x4s, sundowners at scenic viewing points and escorted walks with Maasai guides. Ol Kinyei is noted for its excellent wildlife viewing with a resident pride of lions, cheetahs, leopards and a wide variety of animals. There is a strict limit on the number of tourist vehicles allowed in the conservancy so that visitors from the camp can view the wildlife without other vehicles. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mara Porini Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Porini Mara Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve