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Porini Lion Camp
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Experience of a Lifetime - Part 2”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Four days into our Kenya Gamewatchers Safari we said a reluctant goodbye to sister camp Porini Mara (see separate review) and headed for Porini Lion Camp. The transfer was seamless and came in the form of an action packed game drive across the Maasai Mara. Along the way, encountered basking crocodiles, hippos treading water, elegantly grazing giraffes and a family of cheetahs taking a midday rest, then a typically delicious lunch (Porini style) near a man-sized termite mound (happily, dormant).

We arrived to a warm welcome by Juma, the manager of our second camp, and a tour of our impressively spacious new quarters - a very large tent complete with two double beds and a full en-suite bathroom, including a real flushing loo, running tap water for washing, and the 'bucket' shower that our first camp had demonstrated delivered a warming, fulsome shower at the end of the day.

Porini Lion Camp is on a par with Porini Mara, albeit a little larger in scale (twice the number of tents), a little more spacious and less rustic in design. We adored both. The food was equally delicious (same simple but nutritious style), the staff as wonderfully warm and welcoming. Again, the attention to detail was faultless: hot water bottles in the bed each night, early morning tea and hot water for bathing to help us face the 6am starts, home-baked cakes at tea-time, bush breakfasts, bush lunches and bush sundowners, blanket lined waterproof ponchos for chilli mornings and evenings on the 4x4, a wind-up torch in the tent, and a warming campfire to end the day.

Once again, it was the people that made the camp such a wonderful experience. From Big John, our driver, and John Mac, our tracker, to the charismatic and always smiling James in the dining tent (who did a magnificent job of identifying the birds we had photographed on the drives), they were tremendous.

Juma and our two dedicated guides ensured that each of our remaining three days were full to capacity with game-watching, a combination of early morning drives, all day drives, afternoon drives and night drives. The level of excitement was sustained by the enthusiasm of the two Johns who clearly relished tracking hard to find game, and punctuated each outing with informative commentary and perfectly pitched bush meals. Our return from every outing was marked by Juma waiting to 'welcome us home' - another thoughtful touch.

Our sadness at leaving was alleviated by the arrival of Wilson and Josperht, our lovely guides from Porini Mara Camp, to drive us to the landing strip and our flight out. In true Porini style, the journey was a game drive - a last lookout for leopards, a quick detour to see a hippo staying unusually late out of the water, and a pause for my daughter to photograph her favourite Lilac Breasted Roller (they remembered). Not a moment wasted.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

We had the pleasure of spending time here in June and I must say: If you want to get close with nature and all nature has to offer - this is the real deal. The tented camp is amazing. Crew and guides are very knowledgeable, service minded and will always make sure we are satisfied and pleased.
This camp and the other Porini camps are pretty similar in set-up. However, the scenery is different in each camp. Amboseli, Mara and Mara Lion are all unique and worth visiting. This is as close to nature's wildlife as one can get and be able to tell about it afterwards.
People are great and food is great also here. You will eat well and feel pampered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A perfect place to rest in between excursions.
Do try to get as many excursions as they offer: Early, full day and late Safari-trips are all different - even in the same environment.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

All around an amazing experience. Everything from the animals, food and service was 5 stars all the way. You will not be disappointed! The guides Big John and John were very knowledgeable. It was great having 2 guides available in the vehicle unlike most other tours we saw. The food was very tasty and plentifiul. They thoughtfully take care of every detail, while being environmentally conscience. You will not regreat booking your trip with Porini Lion Camp.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Surrounding by nature you will receive warm welcome with cold eucslyptus flavored towel , smiling and more than nice staff.
Then a hot shower and a cold TUSKER beer!!! and excellent food. One can never forget the time spending there.
Simply natural and naturally simple.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Our experience with Porini was so fantastic, I don’t know where to start with my review. Camping with Porini was an adventure I will never forget. The guides Jackson and Ketere are wildlife fanatics and went to great lengths to ensure our game drives were catered exactly to our requirements. It was up to us to decide on early starts, full day drives and/or night time drives. They had the knowledge and the experience to answer all our questions/observations (and more!) and their hospitality during our picnics and sundowners in the Masai was simply divine. They would spot wildlife that I could barely see via my binoculars and then transport us to where the excitement was at. We saw countless Cheetahs and Lions - certainly the Porini camp has all the big cats -we even saw a Cervat Cat which apparently is a rare sighting and we also two leopards! Other people who stayed at the camp had different experiences - we didn't see a black rhino but others who stayed there were lucky enough to sight one. This is what makes it so exciting - you never really know what your day will entail.

With regards to the camp, it’s clean, comfortable and the staff go out on a limb to make sure your stay is perfect. The chef cooks superb fresh food and during our stay, my wife had her 33rd birthday whereby the chef made her a cake and the Masai warriors displayed their Adumu dance whilst singing their harmonies.

The tents provide 5 star accommodation whilst giving you the experience of being in the bush. The first night we had hippos and elephants grazing near our tent and could hear the roaring of lions in the distance. A night we will never forget. There are armed guards on duty all night and guests safety is never a problem. Don’t let this put you off!

The wake up calls by the masai hosts each morning is another example of the thought and care which has gone into the customer service at that camp - inclusive with a delivery of fresh filtered coffee and home made biscuits to our tent. A delicious breakfast was either had in the dinning area our out on the Mara. Lunch and drinks were provided throughout the day and the evening we were fed a delicious 3 course meal with unlimited wine. A guard would walk us to our tent and secure us safely inside where we’d find a snug hot water bottle under our sheets.

The jeeps are kitted out with electrical points to charge your phones, camera, ipad etc. They also pack hand sanitizer gel, wipes and blankets. In fact, if Porini could think of anything else to make your stay with them more comfortable or enjoyable, they’d do it but it appears Jake Grieves-Cook (MD and in my opinion, entrepreneur) has everything down to perfection.

During our stay, it was our choice to visit a Masai village but we were very suspicious of it's authenticity. We were also required to pay the chief $20 each. On reflection, I'd advise advise others to miss this part of the experience.

If you’re going to splash out some money on a safari - then this is the place to stay and experience the environment under the best possible circumstances. The service was excellent and we are sure you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Porini Lion Camp
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 #7 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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