We stayed here in late June, booked it through Gamewatchers, and were lucky enough to see the beginning of the great wildebeest migration, which was a few months early. Excellent (Masai) staff, great wildlife: lions, leopard, giraffes, topi, lots of elephants, etc. We really liked the fact that the Masai rent their land to the reserve and the reserve in turn pays them a monthly wage. So instead of killing lions, as they did previously as a rite of passage ritual, they now receive income that encourages them not only to protect the dwindling population of lions in Africa, but also all of the rest of the wildlife, now that their lands have reverted to pristine habitat. A great concept--and it really works. Our Masai guides, who are trained in a guiding school, were extremely knowledgeable and in general it the Masai staff was excellent--and interesting to boot. We really enjoyed meeting them. Very comfortable tent camp and excellent attention and service. A great way to see both wildlife and learn something about the Masai culture. Highly recommended!
- 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