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My husband and I were in 5 different camps on our visit to Kenya. Don has since passed away from Alzheimers. Our trip to Kenya topped anything either he or I had ever experienced. Gamewatchers were WONDERFUL, caring, efficient, understanding and patient with us both. Don was beginning to need a bit special help at that time and we could not have asked for any thing better........and the FOOD, WONDERFUL!!!

Mary Jane Fields (Schoen)

Posted by Mary Jane Fields on Monday 27th May 2013 at 03:01

Overwhelming, the total Porini experience was incredible. Can only echo comments of other guests, all aspects excellent, camps, guides, drivers, staff, food. Tansfers between camps run with military precision. We had 7 nights on the Wilderness Safari and it was the most amazing time of my life. Met Jake at Amboseli and Lulu at Rhino who carry the Gamewatchers flag magnificently. Special mention to Wilson at Amboseli, an absolute star. And obviously a big thank you to all the wildlife for showing up! Totally smitten by Kenya xx

Posted by Elaine Wigglesworth on Wednesday 15th February 2012 at 11:37

My parents have just returned back from Kenya. They had the most fantastic and marvellous time on their safari trip. John Adamba -their Kenyan tour guide- did an amazing job, was extremely helpful and polite, as well as other members of staff -including waiters, porters etc. They always were welcomed warmly -with welcome drinks- whichever accomodation they went to and even their luggages were carried into their room! Plus the high security standards were above their expectations!!
Food was also fab with huge variety, not to mention the jeep which they had only for themselves + the tour guide!! My parents definitely had the best holiday of their lives and came back with unforgettable moments. I strongly recommend this trip to everyone who would like to discover and experience the beauty of Africa. We all are thankful to the tour guide John Adamba for making my parents' holiday even more special and doing such an incredibly professional job. JAMBO JOHNNY!

Posted by Eszter on Tuesday 1st March 2011 at 20:01

Amboseli Porini Camp; Sunbird Lodge, Elementaita & Lake Nakuru; Mara Porini Camp, Ol Kinyei Conservancy, August 2009

We wanted to tell you how delighted we were with our experience with your company. Beginning with your very informative website and our initial contacts with Henrietta and Kate Daniel, we were assured that we had made the right choice. We particularly liked the opportunity to stay in conservancies near the major parks, enjoying the environment and the wildlife from the comfort of the camp from the moment we awoke each day.

We were also impressed with the model of partnership with the local Masai, something that sounded good to us before we arrived, but added an unanticipated dimension to the whole experience.

We stayed our first two nights at the Amboseli Porini Camp in Selenkay Conservancy and our fifth and sixth nights at Mara Porini Camp in the Masai Mara. We found both camps to be wonderfully situated, well-appointed and well-managed by Tony and David. The tents were beyond comfortable, the food delicious, and the attention given by the staff superb. Our guides at Selenkay, Jimmy and Daniel, were knowledgeable, attentive and conscientious. As was John at Masai Mara. Our middle two days were spent at the Sunbird Lodge, from where we visited Nakuru. Sammy, our host and guide for those days, was also superb. The Sunbird accommodation was beautiful and the service to a high standard.

With all of the guides, we were particularly pleased with their attention to detail in description, their tireless efforts to help us understand the animals, the habitats, and the relationships therein. All were also very helpful in introducing us to the people of Africa we observed and encountered, and to the ways in which the human and natural environments are interacting.

We were fortunate to be in the Mara for the Wildebeest migration, but even without that, the quantity and quality of game we were able to view and photograph exceeded our wildest expectations.

The details of our time with Gamewatchers were also well-handled. Everything and everyone performed just as promised. We were met, transported, and delivered in comfort and with care.

We simply could not have had a better time, and fully intend to visit Africa again with Gamewatchers, and we have already recommended you to friends and relatives for their Africa planning.

Thank you again to all - our memories of Africa remain vivid and compelling.

Posted by Stewart and Karen Colorado USA on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:05

Amboseli Porini Camp at the Selenkay Conservation area
My first experience with the Porini Camps was at Amboseli. The luxurious tents were a big surprise. Not only were they beautifully furnished but comfortable... hot showers and all. The camp manager, Tony was well-organized and very friendly. Both Dominic and Jonah were amazing guides. There is no one more knowledgeable about our 'feathered friends' than Dominic. I highly recommend Porini Camps.

Posted by Carole Herdegen on Tuesday 27th July 2010 at 16:46

We have just returned from our fifth visit to Kenya, organised through Sally Wanjau and facilitated by Gamewatchers.

We should like to thank everyone for the meticulous planning in ensuring that our experience was, once again, wonderful.

We would particularly like to thank and commend Vincent for meeting us at JK Airport; to Alex for a memorable drive from Nairobi to Mara Porini; to Monhanjeet for persuading us to stay once more at Mara Porini where Ben and Stanley were such great company to be with for 3 days.

Then on to the Cove Retreat, and our thanks to Doris, Charles, William, Joshua and Rosie for making us feel as though we were part of their community. Not forgetting Boris and Seth for their friendliness and warmth.

Sadly, we had to leave, but you can be assured that when (not if) we return, it will be through the auspices of Gamewatchers!

Come on, Jake, open up in the Serengeti; we are bursting to experience another Porini camp.

Posted by Jane Galloway on Monday 2nd January 2012 at 18:52

Mara Porini Camp


I stayed at the Mara Porini camp only and wished it had been longer. The thing that stood out the most for me was the fact that no other tour vehicles are allowed on the conservancy other than guests of Mara Porini. I was able to enjoy a nice evening with a pride of lion with nine cubs all by myself and my wonderful guides to keep me company. The eco-friendliness of the camp was a big plus too!

Posted by Denise on Monday 14th March 2011 at 06:40

Jambo! We have just come back from a 6 day safari with Gamewatchers and I just want to say how amazing our experiences were. I'd like to give a special thank you to our guide - Joshua Chebet who was the perfect guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced and had a great sense of humour!!We'd like to think that we've parted ways as friends. We really couldn't have asked for a better guide. We managed to see all the Big 5 and plenty of other animals. What an experience and thank you Gamewatchers and Joshua for making our trip so memorable and enjoyable. Asante Sana!!!!!

Posted by Kai on Monday 15th November 2010 at 12:28

Mara Porini Camp, Ol Kinyei Conservancy & Porini Lion Camp, Olare Orok Conservancy - Mara, March 2009

Masai Mara Big Cat Safari:

We had a lovely time with Gamewatchers and were very pleased. It was great. The staff at Mara Porini Camp in particular were an enormous joy to be with - Moses (the waiter); Ben (our guide) & Enoch (the driver) were all great. Accommodations, food and staff were great. Your website doesn't do the camps justice! We were thrilled with the wildlife experiences, the skill of our guides and the flexibility in terms of scheduling safaris/rests/meals. I was also very pleased with the partnership the camps exhibit with the local communities - the pride the staff feel in the conservancies and in the camps is palpable. We are still on a high from our fabulous time with you - and trying to warm various friends and family members up for a return trip.

Posted by Robert van Beers Toronto Canada on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:16

Spent several days last week at the Porini Lion Camp and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our group of 21 people was treated to comfortable tents, excellent food, and an unforgettable safari wildlife experience. We did see the Wildebeast/Zebra cross the Mara River and that is something we will not forget. I would not hesitate to recommend this camp to any visitor to the area.

Posted by Judy White on Thursday 29th July 2010 at 17:43

Amboseli Porini Camp, Selenkay Conservancy and Lake Nakuru, February 2009

Service from Gamewatchers was very good. Samson was my contact and he always answered quickly and professionally to my multiple questions (as it was the first time that I was going to Africa) and it was the first time that I booked a holiday by e-mail and with a foreign agency and everything went well. As soon as Gamewatchers received the payment I was informed.

After a 4 hour drive from Nairobi to Selenkay conservancy with our driver Ray (I will never forget this, the bumpy roads and all these trucks driving right, left, according the holes in the roads ! But, we felt safe with our very good driver) we reached Amboseli Porini Camp. We were impressed by the kindness of the Maasai in the camp, we felt we were being looked after by friends. They really took care of my daughter and me like princesses and made our stay at Amboseli Porini camp unforgettable. Our guide Harry was amazing. His skill, knowledge and patience during the game drives were impressive. A nice man. He is a living encyclopedia. He was very nice with his team as well. We had every comfort we could wish in the camp, a nice big tent, clean and very comfortable. The food was of very good quality.

The game drives from Amboseli Porini Camp in the Selenkay conservancy were very interesting as we were the only guests in the conservancy. The next day a very nice American couple joined us and we shared the day (game drive to Amboseli) together and the evening and we really enjoyed their company. The evening game drives were very nice and most of all the sundowner at the scenic viewpoint. We were lucky as it was full moon and we could see the African sky is much clearer to see the stars (explained by Harry and since then my daughter Linda can recognize a lot of stars in the Swiss sky!). At Amboseli and Lake Nakuru the game drives were great as well, but with more buses and cars around us which made it different from the Selenkay Conservancy.

It goes without saying that for me the best experience was to see all those animals in freedom in the nature, these wonderful landscapes with the Kilimanjaro at the back. But, I think that it was the walk with the Masai and the visit to their village. We felt like guests and not like tourists invading their living and I will never forget their kindness and smiles. Beautiful people, so humble yet proud. While being there we saw the birth of a little cow and I was touched by the way an old man took care of it. (See photo in customer photos)

This holiday in Kenya will remain unforgettable for my daughter and myself. We were lucky to meet wonderful people, admire animals in the wild and wonderful landscapes. I know that I will come back to Kenya as there is still so much to discover. With no doubt I will contact Gamewatchers Safaris again.

Thank you to Samson, Tasnim, Harry, Ray, Kamel, Joseph, Jonathan, Jonah and the others who made this journey unforgettable for us.

With kind regards,

Evelien Voigt-Verweij,
Geneva, Switzerland

Posted by Evelien Verweij Geneva Switzerland on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:18

We stayed at Amboseli and Porini Rhino Camps for our honeymoon and had an amazing time. The guides were fantastic and fulfilled all of our expectations, we could not have wished for any more. From champagne in our luxury tent on arrival, hot showers, hot water bottles in our beds, cakes, flowers, songs, blessings from Masai warriors and of course seeing some of the most incredible animals in the world.
Thank you so much!
Rob & Vicky - June 2010

Posted by Vicky Newsome on Sunday 4th July 2010 at 03:33

Mount Kenya--Elementita--Mara tour


We are getting caught up, finally.

Thanks to all with gamewatchers!!

Maurice, our adviser, put together a tour, tailor made for us. The price was right. Everything worked out perfect.
Our driver, Joshua, was kind, friendly, informative and a safe driver.

Mount Kenya was breathtaking. The Mara was beautiful.
Thanks again to all !

Posted by Dave and Angela Rode on Sunday 17th April 2011 at 20:23

Tortilis Lodge, Porini Rhino Camp, Mara Porini Camp, Porini Lion Camp, January 2010

We have recently returned from a safari using Porini camps. Unfortunately the Amboseli camp was flooded and we were transferred to the Tortilis camp. The Porini driver and guide still provided us with excellent game drives in an area that we had not previously visited. We then moved on to Porini Rhino Camp where Paul, the manager, and his staff made our stay special by including us in a visit to see the four northern white rhino recently arrived from Prague. Next was Mara Porini Camp where the manager, David, and his team once again made us really welcome and provided a service that was second to none. Our last stop was Porini Lion Camp where once again we were made to feel very welcome by Ben and his team. The concept of the Porini camps is unique both from the ecological aspect and the involvement of the local people - we have not encountered anything similar during our previous fifteen visits to various countries in Africa. We hope to visit the camps again and wish everyone well for the future.

Posted by Elaine and Colin Foden England on Tuesday 20th April 2010 at 14:56

Amboseli Porini, Porini Rhino and Porini Lion Camps, February 2009

Porini Wilderness Experience Safari:

The most fantastic 6 days - accommodation was excellent, most comfortable beds, everything we could wish for with additional touches like refreshments with the early morning 'wake up'. The food was delicious, service very high standard - way beyond expectations and the game drives were out of this world.

Everything was amazing, but perhaps the most moving was the Maasai 'farewell' at Mara Porini Camp - we were both reduced to tears of emotion and found it hard to leave.

Also, being an elephant lover, waking up at 3.15am to elephants outside our tent at Porini Lion Camp complete with mother and calf was an experience never to be forgotten.

Posted by Mr and Mrs J Bertlin Cumbria England on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:22

Amboseli Porini, Porini Rhino and Porini Lion Camps, January 2009

Porini Wilderness Experience Safari:

A big thank you to all of you in Nairobi and your managers and staff at the Porini camps for the great time we had on our safari. So many elephants in Amboseli, 15 different cheetahs in Ol Pejeta including two females each with four cubs. There were so many lions in Olare Orok Conservancy and the Mara that on one day we lost count of the numbers after we reached 50. Our guides worked very hard to get us the sightings we wanted.

Felix and Jackson in Amboseli Porini, James and Benjamin at the Porini Rhino Camp and John and Meshack at Porini Lion camp who spent so much time getting us the leopard sighting needed to complete the big five. When they found one we could not have had better views and spent quite a long time watching and following it.

We can confirm that all is now back to normal after the elections and witnessed for ourselves the improvement in roads etc. Even the immigration officers at the airports now smile at you and wish you a happy holiday! Kenya Airways also went out of their way to look after us when the flight from Nairobi to Mombasa was delayed. They supplied us lunch and even came looking for us when they brought the new departure time forward by half an hour.

Posted by Mr and Mrs M Jenner England on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:33

Amboseli Porini Camp, Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli, December 2008

I was at Amboseli Porini just before Christmas- it was a great safari experience and very well-run. Our 2 guides Harry and Spotter Jonah were wonderful and very knowledgeable. I especially enjoyed the sustainability credentials of the camp. I cannot wait to go back and try Mara Porini as well as visiting the rest of what Kenya has to offer.

Posted by Francesca Landi London UK on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:35

Porini Lion Camp, Olare Orok Conservancy, Mara, 8 -10 Sep 2008

I really enjoyed the stay at the Porini Lion Camp, it's my best camp experience. The place gives me a cozy and warm feeling, just feels like at home. And I would like to thank all the Maasai staff for looking after us so well, they are always thoughtful about the guests. The activites here are great too, sundowner drinks to watch the sunset, lunch picnic and night game drive etc........ To me, this is a memorable journey.

Best regards,
Esther

P.S.

Look forward to go back to this wonderful and beautiful place, Kenya.

Look forward to go back to this fantistic camp, Porini Lion Camp.

Look forward to seeing those friendly Maasai Staffs.

Posted by Esther Kwok Hong Kong on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:36

Mara Porini Camp, Ol Kinyei, Mara September 2008

Never before in 36 years of safaris have I seen all the Big Five before lunch! Robert was an excellent guide and Enoch our driver coped splendidly with the black cotton soil. All the staff were so welcoming and friendly, and the time at the camp I shall return to in my mind.

Posted by Jacqui Delhoye on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:38

Mara Porini Camp, Ol Kinyei, Mara September 2008

The perfect blend of unspoiled wilderness with the incomparable hospitality of the Maasai. Our second visit was as exhilarating as our first and we look forward to our third return. We leave many friends behind at Mara Porini!

Posted by Rick and Nicole Goodfellow Ottawa Canada on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:39

Porini Lion Camp, Olare Orok Conservancy, Mara, September 2008

Fantastic safari experience. Great food and tents and even better wildlife viewing. Saw everything we could hope for and more. Porini is by far the most immersive safari available.

Posted by Ms Ingrid Hibbard on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:40

Porini Lion Camp, Olare Orok Conservancy, Mara, September 2008

What a way to celebrate our 53rd wedding anniversary! All 3 Porini Camps we attended were terrific. We so hoped that something good was happening in Africa to save threatened wildlife and the people who live in their vicinity - Porini has the formula and it works. We hope it keeps working for generations to come.

Many thanks to all particularly our guides and drivers.

Posted by Mr and Mrs Henderson Trinidad Colorado USA on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:42

Porini Lion Camp, Olare Orok Conservancy, Mara, July 2008

Amazing, fantastic, wonderful - everything exceeded all expectations! The lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes and the wildebeest crossings were all so much more than we expected.

The staff were all attentive yet not overboard, they are all so willing. We will be back for more - we have the taste of Africa!

Posted by Paula and Eric UK on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:43

Porini Lion Camp, Olare Orok Conservancy, Mara, July 2008

We had the best experience ever. We saw everything from cheetah kills to lion kills to wildebeest crossing and even the elusive leopard!

The camp is gorgeous and the staff and guides wonderful - professional and very welcoming. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. Special thanks to Philip, Tobiko and Kennedy.

Posted by Mr and Mrs Smith London UK on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:45

Porini Lion Camp, Olare Orok Conservancy, Mara, July 2008

Asante sana! Not just to the Porini Lion Camp but also to all the wonderful people that we have met along the way at Amboseli Porini Camp as well as the Porini Rhino Camp. It has been fabulous! Johna and Gerald were awesome guides. Our first day of safari they showed us Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs! Thank you. PS Loved the hot water bottles at night!

Posted by Jeff and Laura Hall Washington DC USA on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:47

Amboseli Porini Camp and Kicheche Camp, Mara Jan 2008

My husband and I spent three weeks in Kenya and Tanzania over the Christmas / New Year period and had ( yet another ) amazing time , feeling safe and extremely well looked after at all times. One of the highlights was 3 nights in Amboseli Porini with Oscar and his wonderful team. We also paid a return visit to fantastic Kicheche and had some spectacular game sightings, well over 100 cats over 5 days.

Geraldine

Posted by Mrs Geraldine O'Riordan Guernsey Channel Islands on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at 09:50

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