written comments received from clients about Porini Camps.
Fern, R, Barrington, Rhode Island, reviewed 30th April 2014
Porini Lion Camp
What a wonderful place!!! I have been all over the world and this trip is one of my favorite trips. The service was fabulous and being right up close with all those gorgeous animals was literally breathtaking. I took 1000 pictures and they were all beautiful. When I showed the book around to friends and co-workers, they all commented about the beautiful pictures. It was largely because we were able to get so close to all the animals. The combination of spotters and drivers in the open cars were perfect!
Nirmalya Banerjee, Nairobi, Kenya , 2nd April 2014
Porini Lion Camp
“Five stars is too few for this camp.”
Unfortunately Tripadvisor has only five stars and so I'm stuck at that. This camp is just out of this world. The conservancy and the quality of game drives makes this a wild life lover's paradise that's hard to beat.
The tents are spacious and the food very good. The service is very willing as well, but what truly sets this camp apart is the quality of the game drives. The night game drives were conducted with a an infra red lamp so as not to affect the animals' night vision. Meshaak our giude and John our spotter were seemingly able to locate big cats through pure intuition. We saw cats on all six day game drives and lions, leopards and cheetahs on two of them. We saw an epic battle between a lone buffalo and eleven lions of the Marsh pride which the buffalo incredibly won and we saw a lioness carry cubs in her mouth. We saw two successful cheetah kills ans a few unsuccessful big cat hunts.
We could not have asked for more.
Jane W, Livingstone, Scotland, UK, reviewed 11th March 2014
Porini Mara Camp
“A great experience at Porini Mara Camp.”
When we arrived at Porini Mara Camp we had already had four nights at Porini Rhino Camp, so we felt totally at home. The tents are beautifully equipped and have wonderful views over the plains. From our tent we saw elephant, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, wart-hogs, water buck, jackal, monkeys, wildebeest and more, we also heard some strange roars at night!
The staff at the camp were fantastic, so friendly and very efficient. The food was excellent, thanks Julius! We had terrific guides, Geoffrey and Tipa. They took us out for hours each day and shared so much information. The conservancy had loads of wildlife, our special treat was a cheetah with her four tiny cubs, but we also saw several more cheetahs, lots of lion and so many herbivores. Zebra and giraffe in huge numbers as well as lots of elephant. Sadly the leopard eluded us, but there's always next time! We did spend a day in the main Mara reserve as we treated ourselves to the hot air balloon safari, an awesome experience! It was worth visiting the main reserve to see hippos and crocodiles, but personally I much preferred the conservancy. I have to compliment our agents, Africa Born, for their excellent choice of venue. We are very happy clients having had a truly amazing safari experience!
Amy Battis, Massachusetts, USA, 18th February 2014
Porini Rhino Camp
“Wonderful start to safari!”
I traveled solo to Kenya for my second safari and started off in Porini Rhino camp. Benjamin and Nicholas were my guide and spotter/driver and they really gave me an excellent game-viewing experience.
I picked Ol Pejeta and Porini Rhino camp for the rhinos specifically, and I was not disappointed. We had a very early morning spotting of the elusive black rhino, and saw 5 white rhinos, including a very young one, during a midday drive. We also visited the Rhino Sanctuary, where I met Baraka, the blind rhino ambassador who graciously let me feed him. The rhino viewing here far exceeded what I experienced in Tanzania. It helps that the guides live and work in the area every day, so they know where they are most likely to be.
Harry was the manager on duty while I was there (he roams camp to camp in that capacity) and he's a rock star. He never failed to greet me with a smile and always asking how my stay was, how the game rides were, how the food was. The folks at Porini camps are SO concerned about your experience and want to ensure that all is well. This starts from the top with the camp managers and trickles right down through all the other camp staff.
The food here is exceptional, as at other Porini camps. They do wonderful things with vegetables and pizzas, especially. I was never hungry or wanting for anything in the way of food or drink. The vehicles are stocked with a cooler of cold drinks for the longer drives. All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, whether in camp or out on the road, were just excellent.
The tents are well appointed and comfortable. You won't feel like you're in a tent but rather an open-air hotel room! Being situated in the conservancy gives you, as a Rhino Camp guest, practically exclusive access to the area and the wildlife. I hardly ever saw any other vehicles and we were never crowded at a sighting.
All the details are well attended to, from the game drives to the small things like the hot water bottles in bed, flannel rain ponchos in the vehicles and cookies with your coffee for the early morning wake-up call.
Thank you to Benjamin, Daniel and Harry for a wonderful experience, and Julie at Gamewatchers for flawlessly pulling this trip together for me!
Alec B, Bangalor, India, reviewed 30th April 2014
Porini Amboseli Camp
I was fortunate to enjoy another special safari experience thanks to Tony and his Porini team. The sight of elephants marching with the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro is truly special, and the conservancy was also rich with varied wildlife to enjoy. Tents and food - as always with Porini - was excellent. Maasai guide Jonah and driver Shadrack were excellent company and very helpful finding the best angle for my snaps. Thoroughly recommended!
Melissa B, London, UK, reviewed 19th March 2014
Porini Amboseli Camp
“The journey of a lifetime”
Porini Amboseli Camp (PAC), our first stop in a whirlwind 7-day safari, delivered the best service I’ve ever experienced. In fact, I hesitate to call it ‘service’ as it felt more like camaraderie. Immediately after our visit to a very welcoming Maasai village, it rained for a solid 6 hours. We didn't really mind as it gave us an opportunity to recover from the long journey to Kenya. The next day, at the crack of dawn, we were on our way to Amboseli National Park with not one, but two Land Rovers of Maasai warriors in tow. When we saw the muddy roads, we understood why we needed back-up. What’s normally a quick drive turned into a 5 hour-long adventure. At one point we counted 17 people pushing our vehicle along – all with smiles on their faces. Although they could’ve quite reasonably modified our itinerary, the Maasai team, led by Julius and Dennis, remained 100% committed to the challenge.
The best part of the day - heck, of the trip - was not seeing the elephants on the other side (though they were breathtaking!), but rather, the time that we shared with these inspiring young men. Their perseverance was a much-needed reminder that "life is a journey, not a destination". Endless thanks to Tony – you run a tight ship!
Elaine Wigglesworth, 15th February 2012 Porini Camps
Overwhelming, the total Porini experience was incredible. Can only echo comments of other guests, all aspects excellent, camps, guides, drivers, staff, food. Tansfers between camps run with military precision. We had 7 nights on the Wilderness Safari and it was the most amazing time of my life. Special mention to Wilson at Amboseli, an absolute star. And obviously a big thank you to all the wildlife for showing up! Totally smitten by Kenya
Carole Herdegen, 27th July 2010 Porini Amboseli Camp at the Selenkay Conservation area
My first experience with the Porini Camps was at Amboseli. The luxurious tents were a big surprise. Not only were they beautifully furnished but comfortable... hot showers and all. The camp manager, Tony was well-organized and very friendly. Both Dominic and Jonah were amazing guides. There is no one more knowledgeable about our 'feathered friends' than Dominic. I highly recommend Porini Camps.
Denise , 14th March 2011 Porini Mara Camp
I stayed at the Porini Mara camp only and wished it had been longer. The thing that stood out the most for me was the fact that no other tour vehicles are allowed on the conservancy other than guests of Porini Mara. I was able to enjoy a nice evening with a pride of lion with nine cubs all by myself and my wonderful guides to keep me company. The eco-friendliness of the camp was a big plus too!
Robert van Beers Toronto Canada, 27th April 2010 Porini Mara Camp, Ol Kinyei Conservancy & Porini Lion Camp, Olare Orok Conservancy
We had a lovely time with Gamewatchers and were very pleased. It was great. The staff at Porini Mara Camp in particular were an enormous joy to be with - Moses (the waiter); Ben (our guide) & Enoch (the driver) were all great. Accommodations, food and staff were great. Your website doesn't do the camps justice! We were thrilled with the wildlife experiences, the skill of our guides and the flexibility in terms of scheduling safaris/rests/meals. I was also very pleased with the partnership the camps exhibit with the local communities - the pride the staff feel in the conservancies and in the camps is palpable. We are still on a high from our fabulous time with you - and trying to warm various friends and family members up for a return trip.
Judy White, 29th July 2010 Porini Lion Camp
Spent several days last week at the Porini Lion Camp and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our group of 21 people was treated to comfortable tents, excellent food, and an unforgettable safari wildlife experience. We did see the Wildebeast/Zebra cross the Mara River and that is something we will not forget. I would not hesitate to recommend this camp to any visitor to the area.
Porini Camp, Porini Lion Camp, October 2007
mother and I have just returned from our vacation
on Oct. 12th As far as the camp leaders, guides and
the Maasai, we love them. They proved to be so knowledgeable,
attentive and pleasant and willing to help us in any
way we needed. They anticipated our needs and were
always checking to make sure we were happy. Our guides
went out of their way to find game and have us experience
everything we wanted including seeing 3 wildebeast
crossings, many prides of lions, saw a cheetah kill,
and so much wildlife that I know that I would highly
recommend these camps to everyone who wants to visit
East Africa. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the
service. I looked forward each day to going out on
the game drives and sundowners. I looked forward to
seeing my Maasai warrior standing outside my tent
at night knowing he would be watching out for us.
I looked forward to my hot water bottle in my bed
at night. I cried when I had to leave. We will have
many, many wonderful memories of Kenya and its people.
I wish everyone could experience it as we did. Everything
worked out great and would love to go back again and
see more in the future. Thank you again for making
it all happen!
& Mrs Patton, USA
2007, Amboseli Porini Camp, Mara Porini Camp
just arrived back in the states after our safari.
What a great time. I will highly recommend Porini
Camps to anyone I know going on safari.
Porini Camps gave an outstanding safari experience.
The tents were nicely appointed and very comfortable.
The hot water bottles in the Mara were a great touch.
Both camp directors (Oscar and Peter) were welcoming
and helpful. The game drives were very good and the
vehicles were so much better than the “mini-vans”
we saw racing around. And, the dinners far exceeded
our expectations. It’s amazing what they were able
to cook up out in the bush. We also really enjoyed
the sundowners and campfires during the evenings.
Although we have traveled all over the world in search
of adventure, I am not sure we ever traveled with
this much style. Again, your outfit does an outstanding
thanks for a great safari. You and your staff should
be proud of the job you do and the product you offer.
2007, Mara Porini Camp
just arrived back in the UK, following our trip to
Kenya, can I thank you – and all at Porini Camp –
for the wonderful safari we enjoyed last week at Mara
You must be justifiably proud of what you have created
at the Porini Camp – it is the perfect atmosphere.
Having had a brief sight of one of the lodges in the
Mara following our balloon safari on Wednesday morning,
complete with its manicured lawns, carefully paved
driveway, gift shop etc. we gave thanks that we had
chosen to stay at Porini. The attention given to us
by Peter and all his staff could not be faulted and,
although it is a bit of a cliché, it was “the trip
of a lifetime”. If we have one regret it was that,
due to our personal schedule, we could only spend
three days on safari. Thanks again for everything.
and Brian Kugeler, Colorado USA
2007( 3 nights Porini Amboseli, 5 nights Porini Lion)
are writing to thank you for such a fantastic first
trip to Kenya. It was even better than we had imagined.
Nina was very helpful and responsive throughout the
entire booking process, and to all of my inquiries
as we prepared for our trip. We found the people in
Kenya, and especially the Porini Camp staff to be
among the friendliest and most welcoming people we
have ever met. At Amboseli Porini, we had a fantastic
time with Emmanuel, Isa, Moses and Oscar. They made
our trip in Kenya!. Emmanuel was such a knowledgeable
and eager driver and guide. Isa was a fantastic spotter,
and so eager to talk with us about everything from
animal behavior to his cultural traditions. Spending
time with them was a highlight for us. As far as logistics,
Benson handled everything quite impressively, and
did it with a smile. As we broke the record for longest
stay at Porini Lion Camp (we could have stayed for
another week!), we got to know the staff quite well.
We had a lot of fun with them, and John's personal
experience in the area was incredibly valuable. We
had a great time on walks with both Johnson and Duncan,
and Philipp and William were so accommodating and
friendly. The food was fantastic at both camps. Its
quite a feat making such meals in the bush. We made
some great friends on our trip, and would recommend
the Porini Camps to anyone we know who is considering
a trip to Kenya. Your company provided exactly what
we were looking for when we started researching for
this trip. I feel so lucky that I randomly came across
your website during that process. We have memories
(and plenty of great photos!) to last a lifetime.
Amboseli Porini Camp and Mara Porini Camp
Maasai Mara we followed a mother lion for a while,
her quest unknown. Then we stumbled across her destination
- cubs sitting in the shade of a bush, waiting for
her to return. They frolicked and dozed and we watched
them a while until they suddenly became alert at a
noise. Their mother was calling them. They went running
towards her, one of the cubs being particularly playful
and wrapping his front legs around her neck. It was
experiences like this that made us realise we were
lucky to be in an open jeep, Porini Camp Safaris is
one of the more pleasant safari experiences - we saw
many unfortunates driving around in what were little
better than minibuses.
Webb , England
& Mara Porini Camps, 2007
just wanted to say thanks so much for arranging my
holiday - it managed to exceed my expectations, which
was rather a tall order. The trip was really well
throught out, the Porini camps were amazing and all
the staff were friendly, helpful and very knowledgable.
All in all a perfect holiday!
Sue Allen, Isle of Man
Porini Camp, December 2006
Safari Experience was great. The food was great, much
nicer than our hotel in Mombasa!!! They were there at all times to help if we needed any, quick
to bring meals out and drinks and very friendly and
managed to answer all our questions about the area.
The tents were kept very clean, we had no problems
at all. The game driver and guide were so helpful
and described in detail about the area and the animals,
they managed to show us all of the animals apart from
the Rhino but they tried there hardest to find one
!!! Lunch on the game drives was lovely !! Mini pizzas
and cheese and tomato sandwiches was just like home
best experience is hard to pin point, it was all excellent...
From seeing Mount Kilimanjaro from the airplane, seeing
lions eating a live catch, to hearing the lions at
night time and having a leopard chase a Giselle into
our camp... and on the hunt for a rhino, seeing cheetahs...
To eating lunch sat by a river in the Masai Mara after
seeing a pride of lions and a leopard in a bush...
they were all amazing !!! Even getting the staff to
show us how to throw a spear !!! It was all great...
Even the river by the camp being flooded and local
people helping total strangers make a flight back
was really good !!! It was the best ever... All of
it was a great experience..
Esther Seijmonsbergen, UK
Lion Camp, November 2006
fom Porini Camp Safaris was excellent. The personal
care and attention while staying at the camps. It’s
very nice to have more or less private game drives
with very knowledgeable and experienced guides. I
don’t see how it can get any better other than improvements
to the roads, but that’s not up to Porini Camp!
Stephen Peedell, Italy
Porini & Mara Porini October 2006
will confess that it was quite probably the best holiday
I have ever had… in 2 excellent tented lodge camps
(Porini camps) in Amboseli and Masaai Mara, in conservancies
just outside the national parks.
logistics, vehicles, guides etc were all first class
- extreme comfort without feeling we were riding roughshod
over local communities and their land. When comparing
with some of the lodges inside the park, with electric
fences, swimming pools, orchestrated feeding of game,
glass windows, air conditioning and irrigated ornamental
lawns, we were very glad to be in the hands of the
Masaai. Outside the park, you get to do night drives,
bush walks and simply be part of the nature, rather
than an overpampered observer.
travel has an impact, but I can't think of a better
model than running camps in conservancies, as Porini
do, which engages the local community, provides jobs
and income, and extends the protected area for game
beyond the National Park boundaries. Many parks
are under pressure, and Mara is no exception, so these
additional conservation areas provide a much needed
buffer and complement the excellent work of the park
service. Only so much land can ever be "protected",
so areas where local tribes are not excluded, but
fully integrated in conservation activities, must
be encouraged - which is easy to do, as they provide
such an excellent holiday.
Alex Shaw, UK
Safari September 2006
safari experience was absolutely amazing. The staff
are the best I have ever come across, they were attentive
but not in your face, fun but not offensive, there
was nothing they couldn't do for you. The guides were
exceptional and new everything we asked and more,
they really made the trip come alive with lots of
interesting facts, but it also felt like they were
really enjoying themselves too. The game drives were
perfect and we saw everything except rhino (maybe
next time!). I also could not fault the food which
was excellent and the type of food I would expect
from a proper restaurant. The accommodation was also
amazing and was bigger than most people’s houses in
the UK! The addition of hot showers really did make
the difference and put a big smile on my girlfriends
a leopard eating a gazelle up a tree - and this was
5 minutes after landing on the way from the airport
to the camp was a highlight! But overall I would say
the staff at the camp stood out as they really made
the whole experience so comfortable, fun, interesting
and enjoyable. My girlfriend was also a little worried
about camping out in the middle of a game reserve
but your staff helped her feel safe.
Andrea Webb, UK
Porini Camp, September 2006
cannot fault the camps at all. Everything was wonderful.
The food was amazing, the staff so polite. The tents
were comfortable and the whole atmosphere made you
feel very welcome. Our guide was very knowledgeable,
and also very entertaining with his numerous stories
and anecdotes. All of the game drives were very enjoyable,
in particular the night drive which again was a fantastic
experience. The vehicles were always clean, comfortable
and skillfully driven. We were very pleased to be
in a Land Rover type vehicle rather than the buses
which we saw large numbers of. Being able to stand
up out of the top of the vehicle was great fun, and
enabled members of our party to become "spotters"
for the day.
are no areas which we could suggest improvement of,
as every part of the safari exceeded our expectations.
We would definitely recommend the camp to others,
and would love to return one day, hopefully in the
near future. We would like to thank everyone at the
camp very much for a really amazing experience which
we will never forget.
Leyla & Claudio Larijani, California USA
Safari, September 2006
really enjoyed ourselves in Amboseli. It was a great
experience. We will definitely recommend Porini Camp
Safaris and Kenya in general to our friends. It was
too bad that we didn't get a chance to go for a Balloon
Safari in Mara.We will save that for our next trip!
loved Mara too and Robert and Simon were great. Our
greatest memories includes the first day when we arrived
in Amboseli and seeing all the animals in the wild
was unreal. Visiting a MaasaiVillage and
seeing the warriors was a different experience as
well. We loved the sunset, the game drive at night
and seeing the Cheetah. Also the next day and drive
to the reserve was beautiful. I felt that we were
in a documentary. It was very beautiful.
Mark Harrison, U.K.
Porini Camp, September 2006
Jake, I’m writing to thank all camp staff and management
for my stay at Amboseli Porini. I loved my stay there.
It is one of the things which define how I think about
Kenyans: generous; friendly; engaging; full of life
and force. The conservancy project; the connections
with the Maasai local communities and the guides were
worth every penny and more. I will highly recommend
it to friends and colleagues. Asante sana,
Malcolm & Margaret Aldrich, Saudi Arabia
Porini Camp, August 2006
so much Evans, James and team for another superb Porini
experience. Wonderful stay in a beautiful conservancy.
Balaaa St Maarten, Dutch
Porini Camp, August 2006
time in Africa and this camp was really the cream
of the crop.Had a wonderful time, saw beautiful animals
and spent time with good friends – the service was
AMAZING. Thanks for everything and looking forward
to coming back soon.
Much better than “Discovery Channel”!!
Michael Eggen, Austin Texas USA
Porini Camp, August 2006
had a wonderful time here! This has truly been the
highlight of our trip to Kenya. The camp was so comfortable
and the people so welcoming. The sundowners, time
by the camp fire and the dinners were so much fun
– not to mention the fantastic game drives! We didn’t
expect to see all the animals we hoped for – but we
did! Thanks to everyone. We plan to recommend this
place to our friends and family – and may even be
Emma & Greg Solomon London, U.K.
Porini Camp, August 2006
had a fabulous stay at Mara Porini Camp and really
couldn’t have asked for more. The accommodation, hospitality,
food and company were outstanding. All of the staff
without exception have been super friendly and very
patient with our many questions. The guide and tracker’s
knowledge was superb and we have both learnt a lot
about flora, fauna and the Maasai culture. This was
an awesome start to our honeymoon and we very much
hope to return.
Jeremy & Teresa Adair, New Zealand
Lion Camp, August 2006
had a really good time on the safari & it exceeded
our expectations. It appealed to us that it was a
small camp & so we had a much more personal experience.
vehicle was very comfortable and made the safari a
lot more enjoyable. The accommodation, food and game
drives were excellent & I have only good things
to say about them. We were very happy with the friendliness
of your staff. It was my wife's birthday while we
were there & Nina organised for the chef to make
a cake. What was really enjoyable was that the cake
was delivered by the Maasai staff who performed a
dance for her. This was a really special event for
best part of the experience was the personal nature
of the stay.
Pete Duerden, UK
Porini Camp, August 2006
had a fantastic holiday in Kenya. The safari experience
was excellent - everything was as advertised. The
camps at Amboseli, Selenkay were delightful and all
the staff were very helpful. Everywhere we stayed
the food was good. The guides and drivers were all
very knowledgeable and friendly and contributed in
no small part to our enjoyment of the holiday. Although
all the safaris were enjoyable I think that the night
drives were particularly special - it was a privilege
to be able to see many of the smaller and less common
animals - we loved seeing the honey badger and were
entranced by the jumping hares at Selenkay!
summary we had a great holiday - I would like to thank
all your staff who tried so hard to ensure we had
a good time - nothing was ever too much trouble and
it was their input that made such a difference.
Safari, August 2006
The safari experience was wonderful. I felt that all
the staff at both camps I stayed at really were trying
to make the safari experience good. The accommodation
was excellent, the most luxurious camping I have ever
done! The use of four wheel drive vehicles was vastly
superior to the vans I saw being used by other companies
and I really enjoyed being in such small groups. The
guides again were very knowledgeable and seemed keen
to make the experience as good as possible.
difficult to single out a particular experience as
the best - but I would like to mention Robert the
head guide at Amboseli who I thought was very good
and who, at my request took me to the biggest termite
mound he could find so that I could get a photo of
myself in front of it! Also I really enjoyed going
for walks on both the conservancies, particularly
at Mara where the Maasai gave a lot of information
about all the plants. Also I enjoyed the night game
drives just being able to see all the stars. Also
the sundowners were wonderful.
going on safari I did wonder what it would be like
being on my own. I have to say that you made sure
that the fact I was holidaying on my own was not a
problem and I was looked after superbly.
of the main reasons I booked was that I feel you practice
responsible tourism that actually benefits the local
communities. I thought the conservancies were beautiful,
so peaceful. Another highlight was sitting in the
jeep drinking a sundowner watching lions on the conservancy
at Mara - and no hordes of white vans!
wishes and please pass on all my thanks to everyone
in Porini Camp who contributed to making my safari
a very special experience.
Brian & Elaine Patey, Edmonton
Porini Camp, July 2006
recently stayed at the Porini camp in Selenkay and
we wanted very much to pass on our grateful thanks
to Peter and his team for making our first visit to
Africa such a wonderful experience. The game viewing
far exceeded our expectations, as did the visit to
the Masai village. The camp was everything we hoped
it would be and Peter made an excellent host.
The image of the sun setting over the bush seen from
our sundowner spot will always remain with us and
we are happy to recommend the camp to anyone wanting
a true safari experience.
and Nicole Goodfellow, Ottawa
Porini Camp, June 2006
we reflect on the trip, our thoughts always go back
to Mara Porini. We so loved the location, the warmth
of the camp staff, the friendliness and the beauty
of the conservancy. Evans and Gordon make a wonderful
team and bring a touch of class and savoir-faire to
the bush camp experience. The troupe of Masai warriors
under Tipa’s artistic direction is unquestionably
the best! Evans presented me with a specially baked
cake to commemorate Canada’s Aboriginal Day. The kind
and thoughtful gesture caught me totally by surprise
and touched the bottom of my heart. Then the Masai
gave us a spectacular show – how could I not cry !!
have a special crew at Mara Porini – informal, attentive
and their presence is constantly felt throughout the
day – that’s what makes it different from other camps.
You have a winning formula (for us anyways ). The
abundance of wildlife in the conservancy is also quite
remarkable – we feel the presence and activity of
animals throughout the day and night – their proximity
Jessica Sherman, Edmonton Canada
Porini Camp, May 2006
again for everything. Our safari was so wonderful.
It was far beyond anything that we ever could have
expected. It was very convenient to have it paid for
before we arrived. I liked the fact that we didn't
have to worry about that when we were going out on
Safari. We were given all the information that we
needed, so transferring the money was really easy!
camp was amazing! The staff was very friendly and
helpful. Jonathan was a great guide. He showed us
a lot of neat animals. I can't believe how many things
there were to see. The food was the best we had on
our entire trip! I really appreciated the way that
they accommodated my allergies. We both loved the
fact that we never felt any pressure to hurry when
we were watching animals or taking pictures. Jonathon
has amazing patients, considering the number of questions
we kept asking him!
know this is cliché, but I loved all of it. Walking
to the village and meeting everyone was definitely
a highlight. I just couldn't believe I was there.
I don't think I will ever forget hearing the women
singing. I also thought the night drives were really
fun. I can't believe all the things that they found
for us in the dark.
Jan Berlin, USA
Porini Camp, May 2006
am writing to thank you and all of the people at Porini
Camp for your conscientious and meticulous attention
to our travel needs in Kenya. Our advance booking
and payment was easy and you were consistently available
to address our every concern. The airport transfers
were prompt, courteous and efficient and our driver
went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that
I would make my unanticipated change in connecting
flights to Tanzania without a problem.
time at the Porini Camp in the Maasai Mara was simply
magical. The accommodations were wonderful, comfortable,
albeit luxurious and yet remained in keeping with
the wildness of the surrounding land. We awakened
each morning to a concert of early morning birds welcoming
the progression of dawn. Each day was unique and well
planned, filled with magnificent wildlife and culminating
in some of the most spectacular sunsets we have ever
seen. Evans was an attentive and gracious host, offering
us every consideration and accommodating our every
wish to personalize our time together and make the
most of this memorable experience. Of particular note
were our guide Omundi and our Maasai tracker Tipa.
What a fantastic team they are! They work together
seamlessly and have an abundance of knowledge, information
and heartfelt enthusiasm for the Mara and all who
dwell there. Their warmth, their humor, their depth
of spirit, and their genuine interest in our needs
will remain with us for many years to come. What a
rich and extraordinary cultural exchange, and very
much a part of why we selected Porini as our safari
reveled as well in our opportunity to take an extended
bush hike with Omundi, Tipa and another Maasai tracker,
marveling at the richness of the land as we wandered
amidst wildebeest, gazelle, zebras, topis, eland and
even a giant tortoise!
Camps, May 2006
Safaris were amazing, the accommodation was fantastic.
We liked the fact that we had been to two very different
tented camps and two very different game parks. The
staff was amazing at both camps and made us feel really
welcome. I have been on quite a few safaris before
and this without a doubt was the best safari trip
I have ever been on. We also loved the light aircraft
transfers - So much better than going by road.
part of the Safari was seeing lions on the night drive
we did at Porini Mara. Porini was great, really friendly,
brilliant guides and staff. I can't speak highly enough
about them and the camp. Our thanks go to Evans, Gordon,
Tippa, Moses and all the staff at Porini that made
our stay so memorable.
and Lynn Erickson, USA
Porini Camp & Mara Porini CampSafaris,
and I would like to offer our most sincere thank you
for the most fabulous trip of our lives. I was sure
Kenya was going to be amazing, as it was the one place
I knew I had to visit before my life was complete.
Everything about it has far exceeded my expectations;
the friendly people, wildlife, terrain, accommodations,
food, culture, absolutely everything!
From the moment I first arrived at the first of the
two Porini camps, Porini Camp Selenkay I knew I had
to do everything I could to tell everyone I could
about this magical place.
I have to say the highlight of our safari was the
professionalism and friendliness of your staff throughout
our journey. They are the ones who make a Porini Camp
safari far exceed anyone’s expectations. The Maasai
warriors at both of the camps were so very attentive
and friendly, they really added to the experience.
Last but not least, what a great job the camp managers
Peter and Evans do bringing it all together so perfectly.
I am a true believer in the vision and concept you
have adopted with the Porini camps. I certainly wish
everyone would follow your example to protect and
preserve the precious land, wildlife and culture of
Kenya. I was pleased to hear you are continuing to
grow and I will certainly do all I can to spread the
word about the fabulous safari opportunities you offer.
May you have all the success in the world!
Asante Sana to everyone for the wonderful life changing
experience and memories we will keep with us forever!
and Ally Tucker, Sussex, England
Porini Camp, March 2006
time just disappeared so quickly and we both wish
we could've spent more time with Evans, David, James
and the rest of the team at Mara Porini. The camp
is in a wonderful area, we just felt so at home there.
Just outside camp we came across a huge herd of giraffe
and a pride of lions consisting of 21 at the last
count. We especially enjoyed our balloon safari so
it was well worth getting up at 4am for. We also visited
a local Maasai village which was quite an experience
as well and should be recommended to all clients -
it was quite an eye opener.
definitely hooked and thoroughly enjoyed sleeping
in the tents and taking in all the sights and sounds.
Tammy Schlamp, Canada
& Mara Porini Camp Safaris, 2006
camp we were at was fantastic..we were warmly welcomed
and our stay at all of them was truly enjoyable. I
really do believe that we did see "The Best of
Kenya", with all of the areas we visited being
truly unique. Certainly a big factor in our trip being
so fantastic were the excellent guides we had!!! I
still marvel at all the sights that we were able to
take in, including the lion kill that we witnessed
at Amboseli. We have some phenomenal pictures to add
to our warm memories of the people we met and of our
thank you for your excellent service! In addition
to our colleagues that are coming to see you in June,
we will most certainly be recommending Porini Camp
to all future Africa bound travelers!! My memories
of Kenya will be long lasting as well as very fond!
Mark Montgomery, USA
tents were very nice, clean, comfortable and had everything
we needed. The food was very good at all three camps.
All of the game drives were super. The drivers were
very knowledgeable, professional and helpful. It is
hard to pick just one thing, but personally, it was
awesome to hear the lions roar at night from our tent.
I must say that Porini Camp is a first class company.
It's hard to improve on that.
Keith and Patsy Farley, England
feel compelled to write to say how impressed we were
with the hospitality we received while staying at
Mara Porini. Everyone was so cheerful, polite and
helpful during our stay. The guides and spotters were
excellent, we saw lots of different species of animals
and birds. We saw three of the big five within 1 hour!
Thanks to James, Andy, Marima and Tipa for that.
Cecilia and Ardean Goertzen, USA
loved Porini Camp, the Selenkay Conservancy, the visit
to the MasasaiVillage and Amboseli. The meals were good. We could
have stayed another day at Porini and chilled out.
The tents were awesome! We love to camp out on our
visits to National Parks in the USA so we were in
the lap of luxury with the large space and en-suite
bathroom. We found the shower particularly delicious.
Peter was a gracious host and the Maasai men that
served us were courteous and kind. We felt privileged
to be able to get a glimpse of an ancient way of life
and meet some of the people of the village. Dixon, our guide, and I had very interesting discussions of the cultural
differences between the Maasai way of life and the
Ken Marcowitz, Washington DC,
whole experience was absolutely one of the true highlights
of my life. The staff, the environment and your vision
are truly exceptional.
Mick & Pat Jenner, UK
and I are both very much into conservation which is
why the Porini project appeals to us. For all the
local Maasai in the conservancy area to benefit in
such a direct and immediate way is important not only
for wildlife but also for the continuation of tourism
in the region, a delicate balance that you are going
along way to help address.
Larry & Josie McPherson, Vancouver,
stay at Porini Camp was one of the highlights of our
recent Kenya vacation and we want to thank everyone
for making our stay so enjoyable. It takes more than
just luxurious surroundings to make a place special;
it ultimately comes down to the quality of those working
in the place, from cooks, to drivers, guides, housekeeping
staff, waiters and managers, all those that we come
into contact with. Our experience at Porini Camp in
this regard was second to none.
special thanks to Evans for being such a gracious,
kind and considerate host and to David for enthusiastically
sharing his vast knowledge of Kenya's flora and fauna
with us - especially the beautiful birds! We hope
to meet up with you again should we be fortunate enough
to make it to Kenya a 7th time!
Geoffrey Jones, Dorset, UK
safari was the best African holiday that we have had!
We loved Porini Amboseli, the opportunity to walk
through the bush is a real privilege and a memory
to treasure. Bearing in mind the remoteness of the
camp the food, service and accommodation were fantastic.
would like to thank you for a wonderful time in Kenya.
We had such a great time on safari. Porini Camp was
an amazing start with animals free to roam through
the camp. One evening while the others were out on
a night drive I sat chatting to Peter by the fire
when a young Giraffe wandered in and browsed on a
tree just a few yards away. On returning to our tent
there were about a dozen Impala grazing just outside.
The staff and guides at the camp were friendly and
knowledgeable which made our stay memorable. Patrick
was an excellent tracker and our night drive with
him was particularly memorable.
Peter and Susan Berveling
Mara - In one word GREAT We loved the personal service
and it was very special being the only guests in a
new camp. David, Evans and the rest of the staff did
everything to make sure that we had everything we
wanted both in the camp and on the game drives. It
was an experience that we and our boys will look back
on with pleasure for a long time.
you so much to everyone at Porini Camp for doing such
an incredible job. You made it all so easy, from the
booking, to all the changes and additions, to the
transfers, to the incredible knowledge of the guides
and drivers, to the great recommendations. The whole
group had such a great time and can't wait to come
back. THANK YOU. Will continue recommending you to
years trip was great. We saw caracal and aardvark
at Porini, which was as good as ever - our favourite
tented camp. Once again thank you to all at Porini
Camp for the care and effort you put in to make our
holiday so special, we are very grateful.
Nick & Ros Rose
trip to Kenya was all I had hoped for and more. Porini
camp comes top of the list by far - we just loved
it there. I thought the camp was beautifully set up,
not too many people thus retained an intimacy to the
camp where we felt very much part of the Porini family.
David was a fantastic host, driver and guide and we
did appreciate him sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge
of the area so freely with us. A bonus for me was
that both David and Nicholas shared my interest in
birds and could tell me the names of all the birds
we saw. We loved the time we spent with Jackson,
spot lighting at night and walking around the camp
sharing his knowledge of the trees and animal tracks
and learning something of his culture and traditions.
Not to mention all the people we did not meet who
cooked for us, guided us to our tents at night and
bought us hot water in the morning.
Kate and Paul (Honeymooners)
camps were all awesome in their own different ways,
had a giraffe eating the leaves above our tent at
Porini in the night which was so exciting, the camp
manager was quite excellent there we really loved
Gill Spencer, UK
found our guides very knowledgeable and friendly.
As for our accommodation, we loved Porini and if we
ever do return to Kenya that is the one place we would
we had a fantastic time. Everything went very smoothly
really. We all felt that we received excellent service
from yourself and the Porini Camp staff, and that
you were most patient with our frequent requests and
changes of plan. I also felt that we had good value
you again for all your hard work on our behalf.
Dr. Alan Downie, UK
had an absolutely fantastic time. We were very taken
with the 'ECO' concept at Porini and we enjoyed the
inclusive nature of the arrangements. Peter and our
guide Isaac looked after us very well indeed as well
as the other staff. We did like the openness of the
camp without a fence albeit a little daunting at first.
As our very first experience of a safari camp we will
always treasure it. Isaac in particular was very helpful
in educating us about the wildlife and habitat. We
saw more than we could have hoped for, although the
Rhinos proved to be elusive. We'll just need to return!
We found your website informative with lots of useful
tips. We certainly would have no hesitation in recommending
you to others.