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Porini Amboseli Camp
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kent
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“we were well fed, well looked after and will go back”
Reviewed April 8, 2010

The porini camp in Amboselli is a brilliant example of how you can have a once in a lifetime experience without damaging the environment. The staff were attentive and ensured we were well looked after. Our excursuions wre arranged eficiently , he food was excellent and the accomodation extremely comfortable. It was a four star hotel in touch with life in the African countryside. We will recommned it to all our friends. Olga Johnson from Kent

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2010

We went to Porini as part of our honeymoon - we are both experienced travelers who do not get too worried over lush accomodations. While Amboseli is gorgeous, this is not the best place to stay. The staff seemed to vaguely resent their jobs and the owner was kind of creepy. One got the impression that he was overstating the case much of the time - i.e. raving about the fact that a rhino was outside his door the evening before.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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TunduziNyama, Owner at Porini Amboseli Camp, responded to this review, April 10, 2010
We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at our camp and that you felt the staff did not seem to enjoy their work.

I note that you stayed nearly 3 years ago in July 2007 ago and judging from all the other comments and reviews we have had over the last couple of years we generally find that guests are delighted with the welcome and attention from our Maasai staff. The local community leaders assure me that they greatly value the opportunity that the camp and conservancy provide for the local people to earn livelihoods in a drought-prone area where there is no other source of income apart from raising livestock. So I believe your negative impression of the staff was definitely very unusual.

I also note that you describe the owner as “rather creepy” and that he was making a big deal about having seen a rhino in front of his tent. Well, I am the owner and having checked my diary I did not visit the camp on any date in July 2007 so I do not think that we met! And none of us would boast of having seen a rhino in the camp as they have been extinct in the Amboseli area for over twenty years! Although there are no rhino, we do of course have a fantastic range of wildlife species in the area and I am glad that you thought Amboseli was “gorgeous”.

I do regret that the camp did not come up to expectation for you but I feel that your poor impression of the staff was certainly not the norm and we do encourage them to welcome and appreciate our guests. The feedback that we continue to receive from our guests does indicate that on the whole they are very happy with the service from the staff so we are sorry that you did not have the same experience when you visited in 2007.

Jake Grieves-Cook
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Porini Safari Camps
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Reviewed March 11, 2010

My wife and I are just home from a great week in Kenya. I chose Gamewatchers Safaris (www.porini.com) as the company to deliver what I wanted. Booking "blind" via internet requires placing trust in a group of complete strangers and for a thoroughly control-conscious person like me that is difficult, especially when going to a new place such as East Africa for the first time.
I am extremely pleased I chose them. Complete reliability, professionalism and customer service. We are 100% satisfied. Their team often surpassed my expectations and that is a commendable achievement.
Their own Porini Amboseli Camp together with their partners the local Masai provided a great two night stay. Then on with our Gamewatchers private vehicle and driver/guide to the magical Galdessa Camp in Tsavo; then two nights at the superb Diani Reef Resort and Spa, followed by a great SafariLink flight from Ukunda Airstrip (10 minutes from the hotel) back to Nairobi. A final night at the Holiday Inn then early airport transfer for the flight home.
The trip was expensive but we got what we paid for. I wanted safari in open vehicles - not the typical crowded minibus so prevalent in Kenya. I wanted the opportunity for bush walks as well as game drives. On safari I wanted to stay in special places: such as Porini Camp and Galdessa Camp. I had done thorough planning and wanted to enjoy the holiday free of concerns about arrangements. So most of all I wanted reliability and with the Gamewatchers team we got that and were able to sit back and enjoy Africa which was an amazing experience.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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paris
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Reviewed February 22, 2010

Just back from our 7-day safari starting at the Amboseli Porini Camp, we would like to thank everybody there, Tony and his staff, for their warm welcome, George for his incredible cooking, and of course our wonderful guides who know just everything about all the animals we saw, we learnt a lot thanks to them and they also allowed us to share a wonderful human experience. Can't wait for our next trip ! (Although we'll HAVE to wait for Francis to pass his exams because he promised to be our next guide !). Asante sana and congratulations to all, best wishes, Thierry and isabelle from Paris.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed February 5, 2010

This was my first stay in a Porini Camp, where my safari was booked at all four of them across the country.
A perfect 'opener' to what would turn out to be a safari experience well beyond my initial expectations. The spacious and airy super sized tents provided enough breeze to keep the temperatures down, the mess and lounge tent was very comfy and had all the guide books available and the fridge was ever open for refills of chilled water, sodas, cold beers, very drinkable red and white wine and the quintessential G&T.
The main tree near the campfire is home to what must have been more than a dozen white bellied go away birds during the day and their attention escaped nothing, just like the staff who were at my side at a moments notice, trying to find out what else they could do to make my stay even more comfortable.
The transformation of former ranch land, often devastated in the past by droughts, into a wildlife conservancy was most amazing, and the Masai can now reap the results of their decision to lease out 15.000 acres for wildlife conservation, instead of depending entirely on their lifestock.
Gerenuk and the lesser kudus are regularly seen on the conservancy land, but NOT inside the park, yet lions, leopard and cheetah, besides elephant, giraffes, buffalo, zebras and other plains game are often more numerous than seen inside the national park.
I am personally glad to see the success of such private conservancies and the benefits they bring to the local communities, which have long been ignored if not sidelined by the mainstream tourism businesses. I give Porini Amboseli Camp, as I did with their sister operations, full marks, for excellent meals, the most competent trackers and guides and the rest of their team, most of them of course drawn from the local Masai families. I am starting to wonder if this is not the future of ecotourism in Kenya and can serve as an example for the other East African countries.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

This tranquil camp located in the Masai Selenkay Conservancy nearby the Amboselli National Park is beautifully situated in pristine bushveldt and is specifically designed and constructed to have a low ecological impact on the environment. Traditional East African safari tents are luxuriously equipped and have been tastefully decorated in true safari style. They are spacious, comfortable and have quality en-suite shower and toilet. Sitting in the shade of large spreading trees or on the tent’s verandah one gets close-up sightings of Impala and Lesser Kudu feeding in the unfenced camp.

On the lengthy but interesting and exciting safari drive to Amboselli National Park one is treated to spectacular views across open plains of Mount Kilimanjaro emerging from the heat haze.

During our visit, Amboselli was experiencing an extreme and devastating drought. The normally snow capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro showed very small traces of snow. Despite the drought Amboselli remains a wonderfully beautiful location and the view of elephants crossing the sweeping plains with Mount Kilimanjaro providing the backdrop must rate as one of the great African wildlife sights.

The area in the conservancy surrounding the Porini Camp was a birders delight and during our three day stay in the company of our Masai birding enthusiast guide, Wilson Kasine, over 200 species of birds were sighted despite the dry conditions.

The well trained and friendly Masai staff provide personal attention and cater for one’s every need providing sumptuous bush cuisine and the all important beverages. The highly experienced Masai guides, with intimate local knowledge of animals, birds and habitat ensure a complete and exciting safari.

The food was hot, the drinks were cold and the company was very warm. Amboselli Porini Camp definitely remains on our must visit again list.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

AMBOSELI PORINI CAMP – SELENKAY CONSERVANCY

Not being of an age when Guide camping was a draw, but having fallen in love with Kenya, its people and wanting all ‘tented’ camps we decided to include the then fairly new Amboseli Porini Camp at Selenkay Conservancy in our itinerary. It astonished us!

Although no ‘running’ hot water we found showers available just for the asking, very comfortable beds with hot water bottles and amazingly delicious food! Amazing because we went to see how it was cooked! Although the camp kitchen is now a little more “modernised” it was then all done over an open fire!

The drive into Amboseli National Park was interesting in that we went through tribal villages and spent the day with the most relaxed elephants…….and came back having acquired a love of birds, too. On our walk with the Maasai we learned the art of throwing a spear and were so engrossed in what they were telling us that we’d passed the spot at the side of the dry river bed where the table and chairs and food and drink were arrayed!

There we also saw on our night-drives the magical Fireflies and a Caracal Cat for the first time and met a leopard walking leisurely towards us and totally ignoring us. You don’t get that when surrounded by white vans!

Our second visit showed us how the wildlife was coming back into the area and being at ease.

POSTSCRIPT: the Porini Camps concept: Jake Grieves-Cook of Gamewatchers Safaris was the first to herald new camps that would answer a growing problem of human/wildlife conflict when he leased land from the local Maasai and arranged that Selenkay Camp would provide work and a percentage of the income it would generate for them. He said at the time that the camp would be totally eco friendly and, if it failed, there would be no evidence it had ever existed. (This should appeal to the environmentalists! It did to us.) He also realised the conservancy would draw in wildlife to the safety of the area. (He was right again!)
For the safari enthusiasts it was to provide a haven from the ‘invasion’ of the white vans, driven at speed by the drivers – most who are not guides and generally interested only in getting a quick photo of as many animals as possible and a good tip at the end. Thus all four of the Porini Camps have safari vehicles and ‘guides’ and are in conservancies and, as experience has shown us, you have no real need to go into the surrounding National Parks to see a great variety of wildlife…….to enjoy in safety and peace. (As the years have passed up to our most recent safari in December 2009 his concept and policies have become increasingly important to us as some of the National Parks are now inundated with vehicles whose radios are on and drivers calling to each other about the whereabouts of a particular anilmal! The camps in conservancies are now vital to the animal lovers.)
We happened to need the best when travelling by road from the Porini Lion Camp to Bateleur on the Mara as the road was made almost impassable by the rain that made it so slippery. We had become very close to our guide and driver and discussed the concept behind the Porini camps and if it worked in practice. It seems all benefit…..the visitors, the wildlife and the Maasai people!

Thank you, Jake, for your brilliant idea, and to all the staff who have treated us as guests in your camps. In 2010 we’d like to include Mara Porini Camp as it’s now the only one of the four Porini Camps we’ve not been to!!
(See also our separate comments on the individual Porini Lion and Rhino Camps we visited in 2009.)

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: Porini Amboseli Camp
Address: Selenkay Conservancy, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Amboseli Eco-system
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Porini Amboseli Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Selenkay Conservancy lies a few miles north of Amboseli National Park, is an important dispersal area and rangeland for wildlife migrating out of Amboseli. The number of tourist visitors is limited to eighteen per day. Accommodation is at Porini Camp. The facilities include 9 spacious tents, comfortably furnished with en suite bathrooms and solar-powered electric lighting. Game drives in open 4x4s with qualified guides, bush walks, sundowners and night game drives are all included ... more   less 
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Amboseli Porini Camp, Selenkay Conservancy Hotel Amboseli Eco-System

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