Porini Lion Camp
Olare Motorogi Reserve, Masai Mara
Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.
Porini Lion Camp
Porini Lion Camp is in one of the excellent private conservancies surrounding the (unfenced) Masai Mara National Reserve. It has a very high level of returning clients, and we understand why. It is a mid-range camp at a sensible price, it is in a superb location for wildlife, its guides are well-trained and friendly, and the owners are dedicated to conservation and helping local communities. It’s excellent.
If you ask us for a good mid-range safari camp in the Masai Mara region, Porini Lion Camp is one of those we will often recommend. It rarely disappoints.
It’s not a posh camp with luxurious tents and gourmet food, however everything here works, and works well. The en-suite tents are very comfortable, functional and a good size; the food is simple, homely and tasty; the vehicles are very good; the camp staff are super friendly and helpful, and the guiding is great too. Most of the guides are bronze level. There are camps with higher-level guides, but enthusiasm and willingness goes a long way to making a good guide too, we’ve rarely found guiding here lacking.
Being in a private reserve as opposed to the Masai Mara National Reserve gives you some distinct advantages, including far fewer vehicles, the option of night drives and even walks with a Maasai warrior and armed ranger, however you are still able to get into the reserve within about 30 minutes’ drive. It’s the best of both worlds.
The wildlife here is often very good, and sometimes truly excellent. And if big cats are your thing, well, this reserve is hard to beat. It has a very large lion population, often very good leopard sightings, and cheetahs are not uncommon either.
Times to Go
Other than avoiding the main long rains in April and May, you can come here at any time of the year. There tends to be good game here all year, however the peak season is the dry season (July to September/October) which is also roughly when the Migration is within the Masai Mara area (including this adjacent reserve). Photographers tend to love November, as it’s less dusty and a bit greener after the short rains have (hopefully) fallen.
Porini Lion Camp highlights
- In one of Africa’s best reserves for lions
- One of only 5 camps in the reserve
- Highly recommended mid-range camp
- Good guiding and vehicles
- Strong conservation ethos
- Works closely with Maasai communities
Porini Lion Camp location
Porini Lion Camp
- 10 safari tents
- Closed mid-April and May
- Children 8+ are welcome (no walking)
- Game drives
- Bird watching
- Balloon rides (optional)
Porini Lion Camp rooms
The 10 tented rooms are all the same – quite spacious, with net windows making them light and airy, and opening onto a small verandah area with a table and chairs. The wooden beds are comfortable, and there is decent solar lighting. In the en-suite bathroom, there is a sink and flush loo, and the shower is the safari bucket shower type. The camp staff will bring you hot water for a shower at a time of your choice.
All in all, the rooms are not about luxury, but are comfy and have everything you need.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“The Porini Camps (there are others in the Masai Mara, in Laikipa and in Amboseli) are all built and run with great care towards the environment. The owners are real pioneers of ecotourism in Kenya, and we love working with them. Not only do they do things right in terms of siting and building their camps, but they work closely with communities they are near, and make huge efforts as regards wildlife conservation. Porini camps are hard to beat in terms of their environmental and social credentials.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.