10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"If you want 4 star luxury with Molton Brown soaps and marble bathrooms, don't bother coming going.......and let those that want to experience a truly magnificent time in the bush enjoy it the way it should be!!
With only 6 tents on the site for visitors, this camp is very private and intimate and allows you to get close to the animals without being overly intrusive! It also helps the local community and barely uses any local resources, meaning you can be sure of having a great holiday without the fear of disturbing the wildlife and natural habitat too much!!
One of the options on our stay was a walking safari......of which I would highly recommend. You may not get to see all of the animals doing this, but the Masai guide will certainly inform you about the local foliage including the 'sandpaper' plant, aloe vera and many more, as well as fun tales about the animals and their routines!
Unfortunately for us, we only had 3 days here before going off to the beach, but we managed to see far more thn we could have possibly imagined, mainly due to our excellent Masai guide 'Ben' and his driver 'Simon'! It was a wonderful way to start our honeymoon as it is an experience we will never forget.
In fact all of the staff are fantastic! They make sure you can have a shower when you want, they escort you too and from your tent whenever you come and go, if you are scared you can blow a whistle and they'll come to you, and they serve great , although basic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner! They'll even give you a decent bottle of Cava!!
If you get the chance to go to a Porini camp, take it and make sure you go out as much as they want to take you, as you never know what you might see and when you will see it......and make sure you do the sundowners. You wont forget them!!!"
- Travel date: Sun 16th of August 2009
"My husband and I loved our experience with Gamewatchers and Porini (Porini Mara and Porini Amboseli). It exceeded our expectations in every way! The service, the staff, the camps, the tents, the games, the drivers, the vehicules, the food...
We have to say we were a bit worried at first : first time in that part Africa, first time in Kenya, first time in a safari... But from the moment we were met at the airport to the moment we were dropped at the airport, there never was a problem, a worry. Gamewatchers was watching over us. Their service was impeccable! Made us feel safe, and at ease to fully enjoy our vacation.
And what could we say about the Porini camps? It's miles away from the big lodges, the big crowds. We weren't driven in a minivan with closed windows from one animal to another to take a quick shot... Small group, eco friendly, open spaced Land Rover, plenty of facts on the animals from the guide, it really gets you in touch with the nature.
I loved the sense of community I got from the group. The sundowners and the evenings around the fireplace gave me a chance to talk with people, often coming from all around the world, sharing our day, making new friends... It reminded me a of my good old backpackers days! My husband loved the tents, which were simple but luxurious enough for him (big tents, with real shower, and a toilet), and the food. He felt in the wilderness without being absolutely cut out of civilisation. So we both had our dream vacation!
Last but not least, we'd like to say how touched we we're by our visit to a Massai village (a real one!). We really felt priviliged to enter their village, and share their life for a moment. We felt like we were welcomed, and not imposing ourselves. Most of all, the money we spent on our trip going to a Porini camp and buying our souvenirs at the camp or at the village visited helped that community ; that was very important to us. Felt like we were a part of the solution, not just a part of the problem.
We've been to many places in the world, but that trip, to us, wasn't like every other trip. Thanks to Gamewatchers and Porini camps, we were taken (and still are) by Kenya's beauty and generosity. And we're counting the days until we get back...
Nathalie et Christian xxx
- Travel date: Thu 30th of July 2009
Amazing wildlife experience in a private reserve
"The location in a private reserve is amazing, there are no other companies allowed there and that's why you can actually find leopards because elsewhere it's simply too busy for them, but there you will be the only one observing a leopard or the lions. They are also one of the few that do night drives, because you're not allowed to do this in the park but since it's a private reserve you can and that's when you see the lions really active.
The camps are really cool and the service from the masai just incredible and so is the food, highly recommended."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of May 2009
Out of this world!
"We have just returned from the most fantastic Safari experience imaginable. Three nights at the Mara Porini Camp in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy and two nights at Lion Porini Camp in the Olare Orak Conservancy. What a wonderful concept the Porini Camps are, conserving the wildlife whilst supporting the local Maasai by providing employment and income from the conservancies.
The camps have every comfort you could wish for, from morning tea/coffee brought to your tent to a 'turn-down' service complete with hot-water bottles! Plus the added bonus at Porini Lion of waking up to elephants grazing outside the tent.
The skill, knowledge and patience of our guides and drivers could not have been better and never have we been so close to the multitude of wildlife, except that loan Buffalo Bull...! We certainly saw more in the Conservancy than in the National Park -even the elusive leopard.
We were made so welcome, from the moment we were collected at the air-strip, we felt we were being looked after by friends and the farewell Maasai dance we were honoured with at Mara Porini, filled us with tears of emotion. We can't wait to go back, but for longer, next time!"
- Travel date: Tue 17th of February 2009
Where the lion sleeps tonight
"We stayed 4 nights in September and enjoyed the fabulous hospitality of Oscar and his team. It was a privilege to be in such fantastic surroundings with such friendly people.
We loved the night drives where we saw 4 lioness hunting. The trips to Mara park included great spots by our guide Ben.
Cheeta and cubs, Leopards, we saw it all.
The camp staff could not do enough for us and we really appreciated our time there."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of October 2008
Magical Mara Porini
"We have just returned from a magical stay at the Mara Porini Camp, we are a group of two forty something year old couples.
We were lucky enough to have this fantastic camp to ourselves due to the drop in bookings following the recent unrest in Kenya. We saw no signs of trouble anywhere during our transit through Kenya/Nairobi and our stay, and would have no hesitation in returning or recommenring our friends to travel.
The camp is charming, the tents are very comfortable with excellent safari showers and the most comfortable beds you can imagine. Hot water bottles are a nice touch, not really required they were readily accepted!
The food was excellent and the staff could not do enough for us.
The conservancy concept meant that we had the whole 8,000 acres to ourselves, with only six tents the most you would have to share this with would be twelve.
Our guide and driver team were excellent and they managed to find the big five for us on a one day drive through the Mara National Park.
We cannot recommend this place enough, the local Masai are reliant on it for employment and income - the families who own the land receive a payment for every visitor to the camp.
We met the MD of Porini and Chairman of Kenya Tourist Board, Jake Grieves-Cook on our last day who explained just how huge the impact of the recent troubles are having on his company and tourism as a whole. Lets hope that a resolution is found soon and confidence returned.
As we said earlier we would return tomorrow and have already discussed taking our children."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of February 2008
A wonderful Camp
"What a lovely place to start our safari experience. A wonderful welcome from the camp manager. All the staff were lovely. The food was absolutely amazing! The visit to the Masai Village was fascinating, and very touching, and the sundowners were a real treat.
Our only regret was that we only had one night here!"
- Travel date: Mon 11th of February 2008
Porini Lion Camp
"I cannot put in to words how fantastic our stay at Porini Lion camp was! The Masai Warrior staff were amazing and managed to keep our wine glasses full for the entire stay!
The tents were excellently kitted out with two double beds and a lovely ensuite complete with safari showers and the game drives were excellent with the guide knowing everything we could possibly need to know.
This camp is well worth the money - fantastic!"
- Travel date: Mon 15th of October 2007
porini means wilderness
"Just returned from Porini Mara and Porini Amboseli, both a fabulous experience. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We have done lots of Safari in Kenya but his was the best. No crowds of vans, they find the game and YOU see it. You come away feeling you have helped the Masai and made new friends. We booked through somak but gamewatchers ran our safari. Not one mossy bite. Very enviro friendly. A real safari. a real experience."
- Travel date: Fri 20th of July 2007
loved all the porini camps
"We have just returned from a weeks safari holiday in kenya. We stayed 2 nights at Amboseli porini, 2 nights at mara porini, 2 nights at lion porini. What a suberb experience. Maximum of 6 tented camps at each all in there own conservancy, we saw as much here as we did on game drives without all the other vehicles as only porini 4x 4's allowed. The massi people who looked after us were fantastic from serving dinner, getting you drinks, game drives, showing you there homes and how they live and even putting hot water bottles in bed at night. I would describe the camps as intimate and we left making new friends."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of July 2007