Maasai Mara Big Cat Safari

This 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.


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.

Ol 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.

The Camp
The 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.



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.

Olare 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.

The Camp
The 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.

The Experience at Mara Porini Camp and Porini Lion Camp
Qualified 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.

Facilities and activities included for all guests:

  • Large Safari tents with a double and single bed, solar electric lights, en suite bathrooms with flush toilet and safari shower.
  • All meals and picnic lunches, free mineral water, sodas, gin, beer and house wine.
  • Custom built 4x4 safari vehicles for game drives.
  • Expert Maasai driver-guides and spotters.
  • Morning, evening and night game drives in Ol Kinyei Conservancy and Olare Orok Conservancy.
  • Full day in Maasai Mara National Reserve with picnic lunch.
  • Escorted walk with Maasai guides.
  • Sundowner drinks to watch the sunset from scenic viewing points.
  • Arrival and departure transfers between airstrips and the camps.


Itinerary - Duration: 4 nights / 5 days with option of a further night

Day 1

Depart Nairobi's Wilson airport at 10am for the one hour flight to the Mara. You'll be met at the Naboisho Ol Seki airstrip by Porini Mara 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.

Day 2

Awake to the natural sounds of the Mara's birdlife. Leave camp soon after dawn to explore the Ol Kinyei Conservancy on the lookout for elephants, buffalo, giraffe, plains game and the big cats. You will have a bush breakfast out in the wilds and then return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will have a further game drive in Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies with a sundowner at a scenic spot followed by a night game drive with spotlights to search for nocturnal animals, including the elusive leopards which are resident in Ol Kinyei, before heading back to camp for dinner.

Day 3

After breakfast leave camp and drive through Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies, game-viewing as you go, an on to Olare Orok Conservancy arriving at Porini Lion Camp for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the exclusive Olare Orok Conservancy, away from the minibuses and tourist vehicles seen in the reserve, and with an excellent chance of sighting lions, cheetahs and leopards all of which are found in the conservancy. Sundowner and night game drive. Overnight Porini Lion Camp.

Day 4

A full day spent on a game drive in the famous Masai Mara Reserve with a picnic lunch in the park and then return to Porini Lion Camp in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Porini Lion Camp.

Day 5

*Optional Balloon Safari and Champagne Breakfast.

Final early morning game drive in the Olare Orok Conservancy and then drive into the reserve to the Ol Kiombo airstrip to fly back on the 11am flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, arriving at around 12.05h. Or take the option of a further night at Porini Lion Camp with game drives in the Olare Orok conservancy or the Masai Mara Reserve.



Prices include: At Wilson Airport, board schedule flight to Ol Seki 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 Motorogi Conservancy to arrive at Porini Lion Camp for 2 nights with daily Olare Motorogi 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 conservancy 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.

01-Feb-15 31-Mar-15 2400 USD 520 USD 1495 USD 555 USD
01-Apr-15 15-Apr-15 2040 USD 520 USD 1260 USD 430 USD
16-Apr-15 31-May-15 Closed
01-Jun-15 30-Jun-15 2040 USD 520 USD 1260 USD 430 USD
01-Jul-15 30-Sep-15 2945 USD 520 USD 1805 USD 660 USD
01-Oct-15 31-Oct-15 2715 USD 520 USD 1665 USD 605 USD
01-Nov-15 19-Dec-15 2040 USD 520 USD 1260 USD 430 USD
20-Dec-15 02-Jan-16 3215 USD 540 USD 1970 USD 725 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

Child rates applicable to children aged 8 to 16 years:

  • 1 child sharing with 2 adults - child pays child package price above and 2 adults each pay the per adult sharing rate.
  • 1 child sharing with 1 adult - child pays child package price above and adult pays the single adult rate.
  • 2 or 3 children sharing in own tent - each child pays 75% of the per adult rate.
  • Camps not recommended for children aged under 8 years.

Exclusive Vehicle: 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 & 1 Jan is US$ 40 per person per night.

Late Afternoon Departure: late departure after 10h00 is US$ 150 per person - minimum 2 people (includes lunch, soft drinks and activities before departure in the late afternoon).

Optional flight supplements:

Mombasa: fly from Masai Mara to Diani / Ukunda / Moi Airport instead of flying to Nairobi: US$ 430 per adult / US$ 230 per child aged 8 – 12 years (one way flight). Includes late departure charge and mandatory US $80 park fee.

Extra night rate:

For every 2 or 3 night stay one visit into Masai Mara National Reserve is included. Extra night rates include activities on the Conservancy but any extra visit into the National Reserve is subject to the extra Reserve fee of US$ 80 per person per day on top of above rates.


In the event of heavy rainfall causing flooding of roads preventing access to the Porini Camps or to the parks, we may be obligedto amend the safari arrangements to offer a suitable alternative safari.

*Big Cat photos courtesy of Mr Joseph Lam while on his recent 2008 safari




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