Mara Porini Camp is a small, exclusive camp situated on the Maasai-owned Ol Kinyei Wildlife Conservancy, a 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.
The six spacious tents are situated in the shade of yellow barked Acacia trees along the banks of the Laetoli, a permanently flowing brook. They are furnished with comfortable rustic-looking beds and are equipped with en suite bathrooms with flush toilet and safari shower. They provide a real camping experience in the bush but without sacrificing creature comforts. Overlooking the camp is the lounge area where you can relax with a drink as the sun sets over the Masai Mara. A huge spacious tent with two bedrooms and a lounge is perfect for families or a group of friends travelling together.
You'll have a choice of wildlife viewing options, including game drives in the conservancy with chances to spot the large resident pride of lions as well a wide variety of grazing animals and predators that are resident in the area. Full day drives in the National Reserve and night drives are also popular. An early morning ethno-botanical walk with a local Maasai guide gives you an opportunity to explore the flora and fauna in more detail.
Food is excellent with home-baked bread, fresh salads and high quality meals prepared by the chef all served by the hospitable Maasai staff. Dining is normally outdoors with the sounds of the plains animals mixing with the aromas of the meal.
Open: Mara Porini is open from the beginning of June till mid-April.
Location: Mara Porini is in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, about 18kms from the Masai Mara National Reserve. It is approximately a 4-hour drive from Nairobi and has its own airstrip for quick and easy access. The Siana airstrip, which is used by scheduled flights between Nairobi and Mara, is just 16kms away.
Rooms: There are 6 tents, all with en-suite bathrooms with flush toilet and a bucket shower. These tents are spacious with both a double and single beds and solar-powered lighting. They are set beneath acacia trees which provide shade, and arranged along the banks of a permanent spring and you have a deck where you can sit and enjoy the views. There is an H shaped family tent, each wing is 64sq metres and there's a lounge in between. The bedrooms have a king size and single bed in each, ideal for families or a group of friends travelling together.
Activities: You will be offered morning, afternoon and night game drives in both Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies in shared 4x4 vehicles, Maasai-escorted nature walks, bush breakfasts and sundowners. You can spend a full day in the Masai Mara Reserve with a picnic lunch.
Facilities: There is a central mess and lounge tent set on a raised area. In this relaxed space you'll spend time between drives and walks, chatting to guests, catching up with reading and enjoying fine food and drink. The camp manager has facilities for re-charging batteries and will do so on request.
Dining: You can enjoy tasty home-cooked meals and freshly baked bread. Meals are eaten communally with other guests around the large table.
Children: Children aged 8 years and over are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
The aim of Porini camps is to assist the community in utilising the land and wildlife as a resource, receiving economic benefits as a result of conserving wildlife and the natural habitat (such as income and employment opportunities). To this end of the 20 employees at Mara Porini Camp only three are non- Maasai. Funds generated from the reserve are used to fund community projects such as schools and water supplies. Additionally the community are involved in developments as much as possible.
"It was fun being hosted by the Maasai. This is one of a small group of camps that has a very loyal following. We are among them. Service was excellent. The opportunity to see game unsurpassed in our limited experience."