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  • Location: Kenya, Masai Mara
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level: Mid-range

overview

Porini Mara is a small and intimate camp situated in the exclusive Ol Kinyei wildlife conservancy. The conservancy belongs to the local Maasai community who have recently set aside the area as a sanctuary for wildlife and the results are spectacular - indeed, the abundance of game has made Porini Mara an extremely sought-after game viewing destination.

It's a classic East African landscape of open savannahs, pockets of forest, natural springs and rivers and spectacular views - no wonder it's often seen as one of the most beautiful areas in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 - Top 25 Hotels for Service in Africa - Number 8
  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Award 2012 - Number 1 in Masai Mara National Reserve
  •  Eco Warrior Awards - Community Conservancy of the Year for 2012

highlights

  • Exclusive wildlife conservancy 
  • Small and intimate with only 6 tents
  • Daily game viewing & night drives offered
  • Masai-led walking safaris 
  • Day trips to the popular National Park 
  • Hot air ballooning available
  • Local, warm staff directly benefit
  • All inclusive - simple, delicious meals

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Facilities

Porini Mara is a camp where the focus is on game viewing: enjoy morning, afternoon and evening game drives in custom-built safari vehicles while in the company of expert driver-guides.

Guests can also go on escorted nature walks with Maasai guides before unwinding with a sundowner at a scenic viewpoint.

General Facilities

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    Bar

Dining

Mara Porini provides delicious meals and picnic lunches, freshly prepared by the camp chef and served in the main mess tent or while out on game drives.

All meals are complemented by free mineral water, sodas, gin and tonic, beers and house wines.

Standard Tent

Mara Porini Camp consists of only six luxury tents perched on the banks of the Laetoli, a charming natural spring within Ol Kinyei. The camp is shaded by large trees while the tents themselves are spacious and comfortably appointed, each featuring double and single beds, solar electric lights and an en suite bathroom with a flush toilet and safari shower.

Standard Tent AMENITIES

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    En-suite shower only
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    Outside area

Activities

  • Birding
  • Cultural tour
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Full-day safari
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Night drives
  • Picnics
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jul 2014 - 30 Sep 2014 $590
  • 01 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $530
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014 $415
  • 20 Dec 2014 - 02 Jan 2015 $645
  • 03 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015 $465
  • 01 Apr 2015 - 15 Apr 2015 $420
  • 01 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015 $420
  • 01 Jul 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 $620
  • 01 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $565
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $420

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most curent rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The manager was nothing less than perfect: warm welcome, helpful throughout our stay and very nice up to the very last minute. Our guide Jimmy was extraordinary, always nice, helpful and eager to give us every possible information and chance to see wildfife, and we also had lot of fun. Also Marima the spotter was very good and helpful. Meals were very good and the chef very kind.

    Luigi Franzolin, September 2012
  • Thanks for setting up another great adventure. My wife was sort of reluctant in the beginning but after making the trip, she couldn't have been more impressed. Both camps were great. We were well taken care of from arrival to departure. The food is always good but not over the top. We ended up being a couple of weeks early for the main migration, but the amount of game at the two camps was phenomenal. The game drives and the nature walk were all lead by Masai tribesman who spoke excellent English and were obviously knowledge about everything in their environment. The memories and photos will be with us forever.

    Garth J. Guyer, August 2012
  • We had a wonderful time in the Mara. We were very pleased with the accommodations, food and staff at both camps. I was surprised by the need to change planes coming in from Nairobi and the multiple stops on the way back. I had no idea the Mara had so many air strips! I especially liked the style of jeep used by the Porini camps and appreciated the ponchos they keep in the vehicles for the guests. It was a little cooler than I anticipated in the mornings:) The drivers and vehicles were also impressive in pulling other safari vehicles out of the mud on two occasions. Both camps packed breakfasts and/or lunches for us and we enjoyed our picnic meals in the wilderness. While it was nice to have the conservancy as an additional game drive option, I would say that Mara Porini is somewhat disadvantaged by the one hour drive to get to the Mara. Having said that, we did spot our only leopard in the conservancy as we were leaving Mara Porini and heading for Lion Porini. At Lion Porini there is virtually no distinction between the conservancy and the Mara. Understanding we were a little early for the migration, we still saw lots of animals, including baby cheetahs, and thoroughly enjoyed our safari vacation.

    Janet Bunch, July 2012
  • The accommodation in the Porini camps, the tents were nice, spacious and clean, a lot better and comfortable than one would expect in the middle of the savannas. The food and wine was good and the staff were really nice, friendly and helpful in both camps. The Masai guides were very well prepared and they had a very good command of English which was a positive surprise for me.

    Zoltan Sin, April 2012
  • Jim and I have to say our trip to the Porini camps was the most memorable we ever taken. As seniors who aren't really travel-savvy, we were initially uncomfortable with the idea of exploring Africa on our own. However, Nic and Greg were quite adamant that the Porini Safari Camps would meet our every need and we would feel not only comfortable, but pampered. They were so right and we had the trip of a lifetime! Of course the animals of Africa were wonderful but the people aligned with Porini Camps were even more so! We were met at the airport and escorted by exceptionally gracious people from the minute we landed until our departure (which occurred too soon).

    Jim & Leah Lorber, April 2012
  • Our trip was amazing. The Lion Porini and Mara Porini camps were what we expected and a lot more. Our flight to the Masai Mara was really exciting. Ofcourse, Meschak and the crew were waiting for us at the airstrip in Masai Mara to take us to Lion Porini camp. The Porini experience was fabulous. We also met Mohanjeet the director by chance at the Mara Porini camp. Our guide Lamara , at Mara porini camp was another amazing guy. We had great vegetarian fare and they were all very friendly and always ready to meet our requests. I would go back to the Porini camps again.

    Amrita Somaiya, August 2011
  • I just wanted to let you know that we had an absolutely awesome safari! Everything went so smoothly. Gamewatchers did a wonderful job and we loved the experience at the Porini camps. It was a vacation that our family will never forget.

    Paula Winkler-Doman, January 2011
  • Excellent game viewing. We saw a leopard in a tree in the Masai Mara and had to share the view with at least 20 other vehicles. The next morning we went on an early morning game drive in the conservancy and saw two leopards: a smaller animal that was travelling along a creek bank who was intent on escaping our view as soon as he could, and a larger leopard that was stalking some prey. The second leopard looked a bit annoyed that we were interfering with his breakfast, but let us get a fairly long look at him. In the conservancy, it was just our vehicle viewing the leopards.

    Cindy Brown, September 2010
  • Certainly very close to the wildlife here! Hippos and buffalo outside our tent every night. Ernest the manager was very good and we had wonderful walks with the Masai here. The food was great and very well taken care of. They had good staff and the Masai did a wonderful dance here the last night (as did Amboseli) on our sundowner.

    Karen Terrien, December 2008

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The manager was nothing less than perfect: warm welcome, helpful throughout our stay and very nice up to the very last minute. Our guide Jimmy was extraordinary, always nice, helpful and eager to give us every possible information and chance to see wildfife, and we also had lot of fun. Also Marima the spotter was very good and helpful. Meals were very good and the chef very kind.

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