Porini Selenkay

Kenya, Amboseli National Park, Masai man with view of Kilimanjaro in the background. © David RogersAmboseli Porini, Selenkay, Amboseli, KenyaCamping in Selenkay Conservation Area, Kenya201209_Amboseli_457

stamp3Why photographers love Porini Selenkay

Situated within a private concession bordering the Amboseli National Park, Porini Selenkay offers excellent game-viewing hides, cultural experiences and also the chance to take classic shots of elephants in front of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Photographers look for

  • Authentic Maasai cultural
  • Most photogenic elephant herds in Africa
  • Iconic views of Mount Kilamanjaro
  • Interesting species including gerenuk, lesser kudu
  • Excellent hides, guides and vehicles.

How we rate Porini Selenkay

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Porini Selenkay at a glance

  • This is an eco-camp
  • Its nine very spacious guest tents have en-suite bathrooms with a bucket shower, hand basin and flush toilet
  • Solar power lighting
  • Maximum 18 guests

The concession

Selenkay Conservation Area is in a private game reserve that offers great views of Kilimanjaro and good populations of gerenuk, kudu, lion, giraffe and cheetah and other dry-land species. From here, a 90-minute drive will get you to Amboseli National Park, which has extremely relaxed elephant herds.

The seasons

  • The landscape is very green from December to March, with clear visibility in the mornings. Expect afternoon thundershowers. Snowfalls may be heavier on Kilimanjaro.
  • April to May bring the long rains, which can make getting around difficult.
  • The high season is from June to November, when it’s dry and the waterholes are well frequented by animals.

Getting there

  • Direct flights from Nairobi (US$315 return)

What Porini Selenkay costs

  • From US$375 per person per night sharing.
  • You can get better deals for long stays, especially off season.
  • The camp works in collaboration with Porini Lion Camp.

Photographers need to know

  • This simple camp offers an authentic experience.
  • The battery-charging facilities are solar-powered and central, so label your gear.
  • It can be extremely dusty, especially in Amboseli, so take protective covers for your equipment.

The good news

Selenkay is owned by Porini Camps, which has an outstanding conservation and ecotourism record. The local Selenkay Maasai people run the camp and benefit from its income.