Porini Mara Camp
Porini Mara Camp is a small, exclusive camp situated on the Maasai-owned Ol Kinyei Wildlife Conservancy which belongs to a Maasai community who recently set aside the this wilderness area as a sanctuary for wildlife. The exclusive wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei is one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. The safari camp is located less than 18 kms from the Maasai Mara park boundary. The conservancy is pristine wilderness with open savannah plains, riverine forest, springs, streams and rolling hills with spectacular views across the Masai Mara. Porini is an open camp meaning that it is not uncommon for them to have nightly visits from grazing buffalo and elephants. Consequently Maasai guides accompany guests to their tents, ensuring their safety.
Porini Camp’s six tents are spaciously situated in the shade of yellow barked Acacia trees along the banks of the Laetoli, a permanently flowing brook within Ol Kinyei. The large safari tents are tastefully furnished with comfortable rustic-looking beds and are equipped with solar lighting and en suite bathrooms with flush toilet and safari shower. They aim to provide a real camping experience in the bush but with all the comforts required by discerning travellers. Overlooking the camp is the lounge area where clients can relax with a drink as the sun sets over the Maasai Mara.
The camp accommodates a maximum of 12 guests, giving 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. Within the Ol Kinyei conservancy guests enjoy morning, evening and night game drives in custom built open-sided 4x4’s. Sundowners at scenic viewing points and escorted walks with Maasai guides are also a highlight of staying at this camp. Bird watching is exceptionally in Mara Piorini camp as well as escorted wildlife & cultural walks with Maasai guides. Due to the nature of the camp setup this camp is not suitable for children of 8 and under.
Things to do
Guests have a wide variety of options for game viewing. These include game drives in the conservancy, where the animals are less accustomed to vehicles and tend to behave more naturally than those in the parks. Guests may be lucky enough to see the large resident pride of lions in addition to the wide variety of grazing animals and predators that are resident in the area. It is also possible to take day long game drives in the National Reserve which is just 17km away. Night drives can give clients the opportunity to see nocturnal animals such as the aardvark, aardwolf and leopard, with there being a greater chance of such sightings outside of the reserve. Early morning ethno-botanical walks give the local Maasai guides an opportunity to explore the flora and fauna in more detail with guests.