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Porini Rhino Camp
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We stayed two nights at Porini Rhino Camp during our 8 day honeymoon safari. It was our first safari - and first trip to Africa - and our experience far exceeded our expectations. Everything about the camp - the accommodations, the staff, the food - was wonderful. The guides were exceptional - pleasant, knowledgeable, accommodating. We were very impressed with the country and with its people - and with the Maasai community in particular. We loved the intimacy of the Porini camps and the lack of crowds. Much of the time we saw no other vehicles when we were out on our game drives. I would highly recommend the company and the camp! (But take warm clothes; it was quite chilly!) We are already planning to go back for our tenth anniversary!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We came with our two teenage boys and all agreed that our safari with Gamewatchers was the best holiday we have had. We would strongly recommend the Porini Rhino Camp - food,accomodation,guides and other staff all excellent. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a great place to see wildlife - lots of different animals and not too many people. We will definitely come again. Taylor family

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

From the moment we first arrived at Porini Rhino Camp, we knew we were in for a treat. Our first lunch overlooking the watering hole at the camp, was delicious. The chef also coped very well with our dietary requirements (coeliac) and it was nice to be able to share stories with the other guests over dinner and drinks around the camp fire. The service was lovely, with all staff friendly and happy to help or talk about the wildlife or their way of life. The tents were extremely comfortable and it was nice to find hot water bottles in your bed every night and tea/coffee delivered for your morning wake up call. There are only 6 tents in the camp which limits the maximum number of guests staying at one time giving a real sense of exclusivity. Our two guides, Little John and Michael, were everything you wanted in a guide. They happily shared their knowledge of the wildlife and of the Masai culture. They also endeavoured to seek out all that we wished to see and the variety of game in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a great selling feature. You many not see the quantity of game you might encounter in the Mara but when you do find something, it's just your vehicle and not 10 others! The evening walks were very educational but there was perhaps no need for the mock Masai spear throwing and dancing. Overall, the experience was a perfect way to introduce my two children to the best that Africa can offer. Impressive game, wonderful people/culture, beautiful sunsets and incredible starry nights. (Please be aware that our British summer is Kenya's winter, so bring your warm clothing if you are visiting in July/Aug!) Thank you Porini.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

If you don't want luxury but you want comfort,If you don't want animals that yawn whilst you watch them, but instead are still wary of your vehicle then this is the place to go. We had the most wonderful four days at this incredibly well run eco-centred ,well equipped camp.Our guide and driver Benjamin and Julius took us on an amazing journey every day and let the Kenyan bush and it's animals reveal themselves to us. Every day awaited like a surprise. They showed us how to value all of the wildlife that Kenya has to offer , from the lowly warthog to the shy cheetah and the majestic elephant. Our last night drive was made special through Benjamin's efforts, we saw the extremely elusive aardvark.
The camp manager David,the restaurant manager Amos and the rest of their team made our stay so memorable with their warmth and their welcome.
On leaving Ol Pejeta we flew to the Mara Intrepids where the tents were plush and surroundings manicured. The welcome was warm and the food still excellent but the game drives did not compare. In the Mara the drives were busy with many vehicles seeking out the same game,the animals often appearing tourist weary, which often led us to feel we were in a zoo environment rather than a game reserve. We felt uncomfortable with the level of intrusion these animals endure on a daily basis.
By contrast ,in Ol Pejeta, the Porini guides and drivers were sensitive and respectful towards the animals at all times.
So to sum up, If you want the real deal go to the Porini Rhino camp in Ol Pejeta!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank The_Lake_Family
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Why did we not book for three nights? From our first lunch under the trees to a final breakfast drive we loved every minute. This camp has only six tents so one feels privileged to be able to enjoy this conservancy and not be surrounded by vehicles all heading for the same animals! The tents were simple but well fitted out, beds were comfortable, the hot water bottle most welcome, the right amount of hot water arrived when requested, the food was excellent. We enjoyed many hours out looking for animals, Daniel and Benjamin were not only excellent spotters, happy to divert across the terrain in search of a rhino, but also interesting to talk to both about the animals and their habitats and also the Masai way of life whilst finding out about ours. Even though we did not see a leopard or a cheetah, we knew they had been around that morning and seen by another couple - we felt this is how a safari should be - you are lucky when you spot certain animals! I guess the rhinos and the wild dogs were our luck. We were also lucky to see many giraffe , drinking, running through the bush so elegantly etc. The vehicles were strong and gave us good viewing. Remember to take binoculars, even from one's tent there are many different birds to see as well as zebras, buffalo etc. All our arrangements worked perfectly, flight from Wilson, the warm welcome at Nanyuki, the greeting on arrival etc. This lodge lives up to its Eco and biodiversity aims? Strongly recommended. ( Ratings ask about swimming pool and fitness centre - there is neither but I could not remove the one star!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Susan S
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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.
 
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  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We stayed in Rhino Camp in January for 3 nights. The camp is located in Ol Pejeta Conservency which has a sanctuary for one of the rarest animals on earth, the northern white rhino. There are only 7 white rhinos left in existance and 4 of them are located in this sanctuary. The sanctuary is also home to the endangered Grevy Zebra.

Rhino Camp is located deep in the conservency and is about an hour's drive from the airport. However, on your way to camp you find yourself on your first game drive. We saw elephants, zebras, baboons, gazelles and giraffes within minutes of entering the conservency. Thrilling! We stayed in Tent #4 which we think was the best tent since it has a clear view of a watering hole which was almost always being visited by animals. However, there are only six tents total at Rhino Camp and they are all situated far enough from each other to offer absolute privacy and unique game viewing opportunities. We wouldn't have been disappointed to stay in any of the tents.

The camp director, Matthew, was an amazing host. Treated us like royalty our entire stay and doens't seem to know the word "No". He found a way to meet every request we made. The tent was spacious, clean and comfortable - far nicer accomodations than the photos convey. The beds and bedding are nice quality and they leave a hot water bottle under the covers each night when they turn down the room. Such a treat! The bathroom was also quite large with running water and a normal toilet. The bucket shower is about the only thing that reminds you that you are camping in a tent and even that was a pleasant experience. Bring binoculars with you, the game watching from the porch of your tent with a glass of wine or coffee in the morning is endless entertainment. Important to note that this camp runs on solar power so the times of day you can turn on lights or get hot water are limited. But, usually you are on game drives, eating a meal or sleeping during the times these things are not available. Matthew was happy to charge 1 or 2 camera batteries for us after the evening game drive but you will need to bring a converter if you are from the U.S. Also notable for some, there is no internet or wifi access from the camp. The airport offered free wifi so be sure to use it before and after your stay if you need to stay connected.

The food is a set menu for dinners but it is served as if you are in a five star restaurant. Warm towel to clean your hands, very proper service, several courses and excellent food. Unlimited beer, wine or gin is available any time and of course you can arrange a sundowner in the bush which I highly recommend. After dinner you spend by a bonfire with the sounds of animals nearby. Since we were the only guests at the camp one of the days, we went on a marathon 11 hour game drive! Our guides/drivers were Daniel and Bill. Both were excellent at spotting animals, providing detailed information about animals, the habitat and tribal cultures.

Bottom line, Rhino Camp is five star luxury camping. Even better than five star really since the people that work at Rhino Camp are friendly and sincere in their efforts to make your stay perfect. Kenya is a spectacularly beautiful country with delightful people and we felt nothing but safe and welcome from the moment we landed in Nairobi.

Room Tip: Tent 4 has the best view of the watering hole but wildlife can roam by any tent at any time.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: | Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Nanyuki Town, Nanyuki Municipality, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County > Nanyuki Municipality > Nanyuki Town
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Nanyuki Town
Price Range: $776 - $1,264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Porini Rhino Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Porini Rhino Camp is located in the exclusive 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia Kenya. The camp consists of six spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished with en suite bathrooms. The camp is environmentally-friendly with solar powered lighting and no generator. Game drives in open - 4x4s with qualified guides, bush walks, sundowners and night game drives are all included. All the Big Five have been seen on game drives from the camp. ... more   less 
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Porini Rhino Camp Hotel Nanyuki
Porini Rhino Camp Kenya/Nanyuki Town

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