Porini Lion Camp

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stamp3Why photographers love Porini Lion Camp

From this tented camp, photographers can enjoy the best of the Masai Mara’s game-viewing, including river crossings, migration and spectacular predators–all with the flexibility and crowd-free sightings offered by a private concession.

What photographers look for

  • A classic tented camp in a private concession adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Best game-viewing in Africa, especially for cats
  • Classic wide African skies
  • Vast herds of game
  • Night drives, walks, off-road driving
  • Excellent Land Cruisers
  • Some of the best guides in Africa

How we rate Porini Lion Camp

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Porini Lion camp at a glance

  • Porini has seven large tents with en-suite bathrooms.
  • Dining is in a central tented area. It’s not very large and do not expect extravagant interior decor.
  • Your hosts are local Maasai people, and the service is authentic.
  • Dining is wholesome. Beer and wine are included but are often not very cold.
  • The facility for charging batteries is in a central tent, so make sure to label all your gear.
  • Porini Lion is an eco-friendly camp, with bucket showers and flush loos.
  • There is no laundry service.

The concession

Porini Lion Camp lies in the exclusive 8000-hectare Olare Orok Conservancy on the banks of the Ntiakatiak River bordering the Masai Mara. The first camp in the area, Porini Lion is owned by the Maasai community and now shares the concession with five other camps. During the high season you may share sightings with other vehicles.

The seasons in the Mara

  • The annual wildebeest migration moves through the Masai Mara from July to October and that is when the camp is at its busiest.
  • Lions can still be seen outside the migration season, when visitors can enjoy better rates.
  • The rainy season is from April to May.
  • Early April is often a great time to visit as it is quiet.

What Porini Lion Camp costs

  • Rates go from about US$400 per person per night sharing
  • Flights to and from Nairobi cost roughly $200.
  • You can get better deals for long stays, especially out of season.
  • The camp works in conjunction with Porini Selenkay Camp.

Photographers need to know

  • Porini Lion Camp lies about 40 minutes from Main Crossing.
  • Although seeing migrating animals crossing the river is a wonderful experience, sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • You will always be spoiled for choice with sightings in the immediate area.

The good news

Porini Lion Camp is part of the Porini group, which has an excellent conservation record and is spearheading ecotourism in Kenya. The group has won many awards for its efforts.