What a great way to start the third leg of our Kenya safari after Porini Amboseli and Mara. We started by booking with Julie from Gamewatchers, who was so patient with all our concerns and always got back to my emails or phone calls promptly. So a big shout out to Julie! We are a family of 8 so there were a lot of differing expectations and needs- especially with teens. The transfer was smooth and everyone was exactly where they were supposed to be, and we were never left wondering what's next. At Mara we were greeted by Goigotti (that's his Kenyan name) who introduced us to the beauty of the conservancy and had all of our accommodations ie. food and itinerary down to a science. The chef, Dickson, and food were excellent, especially since we drove them crazy with all our dietary restrictions, but never did we hear a complaint or a "no we can't," it was always "you are our guest and we will take of it , as it is our pleasure!" In fact, Dickson introduced us to new ways of preparing the foods we've been eating, that even the kids want us to cook it for them like had at Porini Lion Camp. The sleeping accommodations aka "tents," are anything but. If these were the tents used by Lewis and Clark, they wouldn't have come back. Luxurious is an understatement. You feel as though you are part of nature but you've left the mosquitoes behind. Running water, fully functional toilets, spacious, and very, very comfortable beds- CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN! More inviting than some 5 star hotels I've been at. But remember the room is just a great place to freshen up in comfort as the real excitement is outside. The rooms are located just outside of a beautiful stream where the animals drink and frolic, especially hippos and lions, yes lions. On day one, the guides asked us what's left on our bucket list- cheetah, leopard, and rhino we answered. "no pressure here," was the response. Day one- Leopard in a tree and much else, day two 3 cheetah on a hunt (they did not get their prey) and much, much more (crock kill, lions, hippos...), day 3 - early morning drive, not 1 but 2 black rhino! That's the Batta Bing! To end the trip on the last day we spent 2 hours watching a pride of lions play with their cubs in the conservancy. Remember there aren't a lot of people allowed on the conservancy and you can go off roading! The Masai warriors took a special interest in the kids, teaching them about their culture and the flora and fauna. We were able to manage lots of alone time, all the while knowing the kids were in great hands. Game drives were excellent, each time something new and fantastic. The guides were amazing, spotting, naming, and teaching about the various things we were seeing, all the while taking into account our over all demeanor and interest is a talent! Cats, Cats, Cats - lots of 'em! Spending time with the Masai people was eye opening and educational to the entire family and really allowed for a better appreciation of a culture so different than ours. Evening tea/coffee/hot cocoa by the fire or out in the bush was always a special touch and looked forward to. If you get a chance WALK! The conservancy has so much to offer by foot, that we almost missed the beauty of the land by not doing it the Masai Way." Lastly, a big shout out to our guides and spotters, will not mention by name so as not to miss or offend anyone, but the kids keep mentioning the time we spent on that last day walking, meeting other kids herding the sheep and wondering why everyone was asking if they read? (inside joke) (We then transferred to Nairobi) Taking the level of service, value of the staff, the guides and spotters, quality of the food and accommodations - 5 stars! Definitely recommended for an authentic experience in the African Bush. Thank you Porini for the exposure to a different culture, land, people and for doing it so well!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Porini Lion Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Porini Lion Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve