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Mara Porini Camp

Masai Mara Conservation Area, Kenya

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A good location for the unspoilt Mara, walking and uncrowded game-watching, a simple but comfortable camp

The Mara Porini Camp is the second in a series of Porini Camps, the original being Amboseli Porini Camp which has been running successfully for many years. The Porini Camps have not tried to over-extend themselves and are characterised by simplicity and good consistent standard of comfort, service and food and well informed guides. Located outside of the Mara proper on the relatively recently formed Ol Kinyei Group Ranch, the camp is ideal for those that are not too fussed about having the finest linen sheets and the ultimate in stylish accoutrements. It is well-furnished with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff and is well-placed for exploring the Mara Reserve (about a 1 hour drive away) and the immediate conservancy which has a good population of wildlife which is on the increase.

Accommodation:

6 big en-suite tents

Experience:

A good location for the unspoilt Mara, walking and uncrowded game-watching, a simple but comfortable camp

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Incl. FB, soft drinks, beer, house wine & spirits, laundry, game & night drives, walks, airstrip transfer, one day trip to the Mara reserve in a 2-night stay. Excl. Balloon trips, cellar wine, champagne & premium spirits.

Electricity:
Solar lighting in tents, 220v available for charging in central area.
Laundry:
Yes
Rooms:
6 doubles
Bathroom:
En-suite with flush toilet and safari-style bucket shower.

About Masai Mara Conservation Area and Kenya

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Some of the best leopard country - rocky gorges and fig trees
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Masai Mara Conservation Area

The Mara Conservation Area surrounds the main Masai Mara Reserve. This land is owned by a series of different Maasai communities (although mmuch of it falls under conservation partnership ageements with the private camp-owners), and differs from the main reserve in a couple of important ways. First, the Maasai to whom this is home are allowed to use this area to graze their cattle.  Second, because it lies outside the main reserve, walking is allowed in this area. While many of the camps located here - the likes of Kicheche Mara Camp, Ol Seki Mara Camp, Richards Camp and Elephant Pepper Camp are within relatively easy reach of the main reserve, we would council against using this area simply as a dormitory for visiting the main park. Like Loliondo in northern Tanzania the Conservation Area really offers another side of the Mara ecosystem. It's probably worth recognising that the game viewing may not be quite on the scale of the main park - and that for the major river crossings you'll need to make the journey. However, in our experience, game viewing here rarely disappoints and the added dimension of the Maasai involvement makes this an excellent place to spend a few days. Read more?

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Kenya

Kenya is the most established safari country, and consequently you have to step a little off the conventional route to find real wilderness, but it’s certainly there.  Kenya also has much going for it as a family destination, and also a good number of very individual safari camps and lodges with a personal approach that makes your experience very special.  Kenya also has a particularly diverse ecology which ranges from snowy mountains to true desert, rolling grassy plains filled with wildlife to craggy scrub intersected with dry riverbeds, sparkling beaches and volcanic ranges. Read more?

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