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Porini Lion Camp
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

The was the last of the Porini camps we visited. I cannot say enough about our incredible stay at this and the other two camps (Amboseli and Rhino). The service was absolutely exceptional; the guides went above and beyond; the food was wonderful. Everything--and I mean everything--was taken care of and all we had to do was sit back and enjoy.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

We chose Porini Lion Camp following a recommendation from a friend and we certainly weren't disappointed. The camp was great - rooms were clean, service was exceptional, food was great, fantastic small touches such as hot water bottles in your bed at night and tea/coffee and cookies with your wake up call in the morning all added to the wonderful experience.
Porini is one of only 4 camps in the Olare Orok conservancy rather than being situated in the main Masai Mara reserve which means that there are significantly fewer cars but all the same great wildlife.
It was amazing to wake up in the night and hear hippos right below in the water, lions, hyenas, elephants and all sorts of other birds and animals.
Jackson, our guide, was great - he was easily able to find us all the animals that we said we wanted to see, including 2 extremely friendly cheetahs who were playing on the roof of the jeep for some time! He was extremely knowledgeable about all the animals and wildlife.
Wouldn't hesitate to go back in the future!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Tishtash-london
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Porini Lion camp is a eco camp outside the main reserve. This mean that you can drive in the conservancy in addition to the main reserve. Here you can find all the cat animals without the annoyance of other cars coming and disturb you.

Still, with the main reserve close by you'll also enjoy all the pleasure of driving in Mara!

The camp is an eco camp. This mean there are no pools or big buffet for lunch and dinner. The food is good though, with all the wine, beer or any drinks you can heart.

The drivers and guides are extremely good (at least our driver and guide. John and Jackson are highly recommended).

The tents are luxurious and big. The beds are good and with water toilets and shower. Each tent has two beds; one big (two people) and one small.

Every morning you'll have a wake up call. This mean tea or coffee served in the tent. A good way to start the day.

All in all, very good place to go.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Thank Jon-Andreas
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Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Porini camps: Rhino, Mara, Lion, and Nairobi.
 
We went during the slow season and so the tent camps were mostly empty. Even the lovely Lion Camp was mostly empty. The camps are all comfortable. The beds are comfortable. The service was consistent and timely. Might I say impeccably timely. The game drives were really great. The guides and the drivers are excellent. They know how to find game and have deep knowledge of the animals and habitat. The relationship between the Maasai and the tent camp operator seems to be win-win. The conservancies provide privacy and the fact that all the employees are Maasai, provides added value in the form of culture and their knowledge of the lands and wild life. Most, if not all, the guides are trained at a school in the Maasai Mara. We got to visit a Maasai village. At lion camp, the guides have named all the prides and nearly every cat. They have intimate knowledge of the stories of the cats. It’s really quite impressive. We enjoyed our 13 day Safari at 5 different locations. This was our first experience in Tent camps. I would have been curious to have experience a more occupied camp.
 
 Annie & Paul - Raiche

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

An absolutely phenomenal vacation from start to finish. It began with Julie Roggow from Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini Camps organizing our itinerary and answering all of our travel questions. From there it was personalized service from the time we cleared customs in Nairobi until the time we departed from Okiombo airstrip in the Masai Mara after four days of game watching. (Most of that game watching occurred in the Olare Orok Conservancy, a location we found far superior to the Masai Mara game reserve). Harry Maina, the Lion Camp Manager met with us daily before and after each game drive, making sure we were completely taken care of. The food was great, prepared fresh daily by the camp chef, and Phillip made sure we were satisfied with every meal. Our Masai Guide, Meshack, assisted by our Masai spotter, John-Mark, were incredibly talented, making sure we didn't miss a single moment. We watched a lioness and her cubs devour a topi, followed by black backed jackals, vultures, a golden eagle and a spotted hyena competing over the carcass. We saw elephants, giraffes, baboons, gazelles, hippos, cape buffalo and common eland. We witnesses a leopard devouring a waterbuck in a tree. It was real nature at its absolute finest. We recommend the trip and Porini Lion Camp to anyone who wants to experience nature first hand.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

superb trip and excellent holiday.thank you game watchers.
saw the big 5 and migration.
what a lovely end to our first trip to africa.this was the last of our 3 camps(ambroselli,rhino ad lion) and was much much bigger and busier then the rest especialy as it was peak season with the migration in full swing.
the camps are well managed and run like clock work.
all the camps follow the same routine so once you go to one camp you are so comfortable in knowing that you can expect the best always,
fantastic rooms,food and ever so polite staff.game drives were good!never had enough of seeing the animals!felt good that our trip also was helping the community. thank you once again game watchers!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank aravind603
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Having left the wonderful Porini Amboseli Camp we took two flights and found ourselves at Olkiombo Airstrip. This was the start of our stay at Porini Lion Camp. Never has a camp been more aptly named, at the end of the runway was a pride of lions. What a start.

Our guides were Jackson and Joseph and again, as at Porini Amboseli, we were very fortunate, two incredibly knowledgeable, hardworking and easy going guides.

Olare Orok Conservancy is a very different experience when compared to Selenkay Conservancy. I would emphasise the word 'different', not better or worse, just completely different scenery. The red dust of Selenkay is replaced by the greenery of Olare Orok.

Being here in September gave us a good chance to witness the 'migration'. Unfortunately light rains had arrived in the few days before we did. This stopped the animals from crossing the Mara River. The upside to this was that there were animals everywhere. We witnessed leopards mating, more lions than the Big Cat Diaries and seven different cheetahs, including The Three Brothers and Narasha and her two cubs.

Once again the camp was exceptional. The tents were private and surrounded by wildlife at night, we heard hippos and lions outside our tents most nights, a truly wonderful experience. The food was of an exceptionally high standard. The staff were always willing to help and made you feel very special. Unlike at Porini Amboseli there was not a campfire each evening unless it was specifically requested, this is, in my opinion, a mistake. The campfire serves as a useful focal point where guests naturally meet before and after dinner.

If it is personal service, fantastic guides, no crowds and a wonderful experience then I can't imagine that it gets much better than a Porini camp.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Dave B
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Address: Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #5 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $828 - $1,386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Porini Lion Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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Porini Lion Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Porini Lion Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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