Mara Big Cat Safari
4 night / 5 day safari includes stays at two
small eco-camps located inside exclusive wildlife
conservancies in the Maasai Mara eco-system
which are reserved solely for the camps’
guests. Game drives are in open-sided 4x4 safari
vehicles, with experienced Maasai safari guides,
to look for the Big Cats in the park and the
conservancies. Night game drives offered at
both camps allow you the opportunity to be out
when the Big Cats are most active.
CAMP, OL KINYEI CONSERVANCY
Mara Porini Camp is sited inside the exclusive
8,500 acre wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei,
one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in
the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. This is pristine
wilderness with open savannah plains, riverine
forest, springs, streams and rivers, rolling
hills and spectacular views across the Mara.
Ol Kinyei belongs to a Maasai community who
has recently set aside the conservancy as a
sanctuary for wildlife. The conservancy holds
a wide variety of the animal species for which
the Mara is famous including a large resident
pride of lions as well as leopards and cheetahs.
Kinyei Conservancy is about 10 miles from the
Maasai Mara park boundary and 25 minutes from
the Siana airstrip used by the daily scheduled
flights to Mara from Nairobi.
Mara Porini Camp has 6 guest tents sited in
the shade of Yellow-barked Acacia trees along
the banks of the Laetoli, a permanent spring
within Ol Kinyei. The tents are spacious and
each has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet
and safari shower. With no more than 12 guests
in camp one gets the experience of real camping
in the bush in an exclusive private wilderness
but with all the comforts required by discerning
travellers. Food is excellent with home baked
bread, fresh salads and high quality meals prepared
by the camp Chef.
LION CAMP, OLARE OROK CONSERVANCY
Porini Lion camp is located inside the exclusive
20,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy. This expansive
conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara Game
Reserve is home to an abundance of animals including
all the Big Cats for which the Mara is famous.
Orok Conservancy is adjoining the Maasai Mara
Game Reserve. The Ol Kiombo airstrip used by
the daily scheduled flights to Mara from Nairobi
is a short 25-minute drive from camp.
eco-friendly Porini Lion Camp has no permanent
construction and is situated along the Ntiakatiak
River, a seasonal river with permanent hippo
pools near camp. With 10 guest tents the camp
is small and exclusive, giving you a real “in
the bush” experience. The tents are very
spacious and have private verandahs along the
length of the tent, providing a secluded and
quiet place for you to relax and enjoy the beauty
of this African wilderness. Each tent has en-suite
bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers.
Food is excellent with fresh baked bread and
high quality meals prepared by the camp Chef.
Experience at Mara Porini Camp and Porini Lion
Maasai safari guides enhance the experience
by educating the camp guests about the flora,
fauna and people of the surrounding areas. Guests
are taken on day and night game drives in the
camps’ custom built open-sided 4x4’s.
In the evening a stop is made at a scenic viewing
point to enjoy a drink while watching the sun
go down over the Siria escarpment. A night game
drive is taken on the way back to camp, giving
guests the opportunity to see many of the elusive
nocturnal animals. Maasai warriors escort guests
on walks in the conservancies where they can
learn about how the various indigenous plants
are used by the community and how their way
of life is intertwined with their surroundings
and with the wildlife.
and activities included for all guests:
Safari tents with a double and single
bed, solar electric lights, en suite
bathrooms with flush toilet and safari
meals and picnic lunches, free mineral
water, sodas, gin, beer and house wine.
built 4x4 safari vehicles for game drives.
Maasai driver-guides and spotters.
evening and night game drives in Ol
Kinyei Conservancy and Olare Orok Conservancy.
day in Maasai Mara National Reserve
with picnic lunch.
walk with Maasai guides.
drinks to watch the sunset from scenic
and departure transfers between airstrips
and the camps.
- Duration: 4 nights / 5 days with option
of a further night
Depart Nairobi at 10 am for the one hour
flight to the Mara. You'll be met
at the Siana airstrip by Mara Porini staff
and transferred to camp. Settle into your
tent and enjoy lunch prepared by the camp
chef. Afternoon game drive in the Ol Kinyei
Conservancy, followed by a sundowner at
a scenic spot. Return to camp for a shower,
dinner and overnight.
Awake to the natural sounds of the Mara's
birdlife. After an early breakfast, go
on a morning walk in the Conservancy escorted
by Maasai warriors and a guide, returning
to camp later in the morning. In the afternoon
you will go on a game drive to explore
more of the Ol Kinyei Conservancy on the
lookout for elephants, buffalo, giraffe,
plains game and the big cats, followed
by a night game drive after dinner to
search for nocturnal animals including
the elusive leopards which are resident
in Ol Kinyei.
Early breakfast and then spend the full
day driving through the Maasai Mara Reserve
and game-viewing, with a picnic lunch
in the park en route. Continue on to Olare
Orok Conservancy arriving at Porini Lion
Camp later in the afternoon. In the evening
take a short drive in the Olare Orok Conservancy
for a sundowner before dinner and overnight
Morning and afternoon game drives in the
exclusive Olare Orok Conservancy, away
from the minibuses and tourist vehicles
seen in the park, and with an excellent
chance of sighting lions, cheetahs and
leopards all of which are found in the
early morning game drive in the Olare
Orok Conservancy followed by breakfast
and then drive into the park to the Ol
Kiombo airstrip to fly back on the 11
a.m. flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi,
arriving at around 12.05 pm. Or take the
option of a further night at Porini Lion
Camp with game drives in the Olare Orok
conservancy or the Maasai Mara Reserve.
|MAASAI MARA BIG CAT SAFARI (OL KINYEI CONSERVANCY, MASAI MARA & OLARE OROK CONSERVANCY, MASAI MARA): PRICES IN US$ RACK
||PER ADULT SHARING, PACKAGE
||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGE
||PER CHILD SHARING, PACKAGE
||EXTRA NIGHT AT PORINI LION CAMP PER ADULT SHARING
Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.
At Wilson Airport, board schedule flight to Siana Airstrip, met and transferred to Porini Mara Camp for 2 nights with daily Ol Kinyei Conservancy fees, then afterwards check out and game drive enroute via Naboisho Conservancy and into Olare Orok Conservancy to arrive at Porini Lion Camp for 2 nights with daily Olare Orok Conservancy fees and one day Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance fee, both camps are based on full board basis including soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water, return airstrip transfers, day & night shared game drives in open sided 4x4 safari vehicle with qualified guide, sundowners, walks with Maasai warriors, then last day fly back to Wilson Airport.
Child rates applicable for 08 – 16 year olds:
1 child sharing with 2 adults, child pays child package price above while the 2 adults pay per adult sharing rate.
1 child sharing with 1 adult, child pays child package price above while the 1 adult pays single adult rate.
2 or 3 children sharing in own tent, each child pays 75% of per adult rate. Child under 8 years not recommended.
Exclusive vehicle use:
Sole use of the open sided 4x4 safari vehicle during game drive US$ 375 per vehicle per day.
Christmas & new year supplement:
On 24, 25, 26, 31 Dec 2012 & 01 Jan 2013 is US$ 40 per person per night.
Late afternoon departure:
Late departure after 12h00 US$ 125 per person minimum 2 pax (includes lunch, soft drinks and activities before departure in the late afternoon).
Mombasa: For flying from Masai Mara to Diani/Ukunda/Moi Airport instead of flying to Nairobi US$ 380 per adult & US$ 200 per child 10 – 11 years (one way flight). Includes late departure charge & mandatory $80 park fee.
Extra night rate:
For every 2 or 3 night stay one visit into Masai Mara National Reserve is included. Any extra visit into the reserve must pay US $ 80 per person per day on top of above rates.
Cat photos courtesy of Mr Joseph Lam while
on his recent 2008 safari
Porini Safari Camps