This was our second Porini camp in our 2 week safari. When we left our first camp, Porini Amboseli, I was so sad and a bit nervous that we maybe had just had the best experience at the start of the trip...how could the other camps match the great time we had at Amboseli??
Turns out Rhino Camp could and did! Camp manager David is a dream to be with, his smile lights up a room and makes you feel so welcome. Everyone at camp was friendly, with special shout outs to Benjamin and Hesborn (sp?)!! And of course our guides, Daniel and Little John, were fantastic to spend the day with, both in terms of tracking animals and just hanging out with.
One our favorite things about spending our time in 4 different camps was getting to see the very different terrains. Rhino Camp was so different from Amboseli, so many areas of dense brush as well as wide open spaces. Was also soooo cold at night...of course we were there in the winter! Thank goodness for those amazing ponchos and the hot water bottles!
We went on two walks with Little John, Benjamin and our protection (Maasai w/ spears). On our second walk, we approached one of the watering holes (there are a few of these permanent watering areas for the herds that are allowed to pass through the Conservancy). We spent as much time looking at leeches and some other crazy aquatic bug-thing as we did watching a herd of buffalo, it was amazing! Especially lovely was watching one of the Maasai guys rescuing the honey bees that were drowning in the water. The connection with the environment is very evident throughout the Porini experience...from the reusable utensils and plates on picnics to watching an imposing man with a spear save honey bees from drowning...this is what makes traveling with Porini so amazing!
And the animals!! So many different animals all tucked in and out of the brush. On one drive, our jaws were permanently dropped as we watched every kind of animals gathering all in one spot! Seriously, rhinos, elephants, baboons, waterbuck, ostrich, gazelle, warthogs, buffalo and giraffes all in one area...it was amazing!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Porini Rhino Camp Hotel Nanyuki
- Porini Rhino Camp Kenya/Nanyuki Town