Gamewatchers Safaris Flexi-Booking Policy

Keep Calm and Carry On Planning!

Although there is a temporary 30 day suspension (from 15th March) on arrivals into Kenya of travellers from any country with reported Coronavirus cases, there is no need to halt your safari planning completely for a trip to East Africa or other countries in Africa where we arrange safaris.

All our customers from overseas have now completed their safaris in Kenya and returned home. Our Porini Camps close annually during the rainy season in April / May and are currently closed. As long as the situation allows, we plan to open the Porini Camps again for international visitors from 1st June 2020 and we continue to take bookings. We have been allowing any customers who were booked to stay before that date to postpone and to choose to stay at later dates with no amendment fee. We have introduced flexible booking terms so that once you have booked you can still amend your travel dates to be postponed later with no penalty so long as the pandemic continues and if the situation warrants this.

Our team of safari experts are based all over the world and are still on hand to help you put together your ideal East African safari for later this year, or for 2021. We will monitor the situation in the other countries in Africa where we arrange safaris to provide further advice in case there is any need to arrange postponements of trips already booked in the weeks ahead.

No Amendment Fee Guarantee for 2020

We are now taking new bookings for arrivals from 1 June 2020 onwards, and in order to alleviate any concerns we are offering a new flexi-booking policy with relaxed Terms & Conditions regarding future changes / postponement should their travel plans be adversely affected by COVID-19:

• Those booking a 2020 safari can later opt to postpone their travel due to reasons surrounding COVID-19, and no amendment fee will be charged.
• We will allow payments made so far to be carried forward to later dates within 12 months of the originally booked date
• The new travel dates will be subject to availability and added cost if there are any price differences from the date originally booked (apart from Porini Camps and Nimali Camps where the same price will apply to the new date so long as travel is in the same season as the original booking).

Plan Ahead Now for 2021

If you are researching your options for 2021 then do get in touch now and our expert Safari Consultants can help you secure the best deals and offers.

By booking early you’ll make savings on your international flights and you can take your pick of the very best camps and lodges whilst they still have availability for your choice of travel date.

 

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10 Reasons to Book a Porini Camps Safari 

With a seemingly endless choice of locations, camps, lodges, transport and activity options, planning a safari can be over-whelming. So to help you make some informed decisions, here are 10 good reasons why you should choose Porini Safari Camps for your next African adventure …

NB  there are many other reasons, such as our consistently high Tripadvisor ratings, our World Travel Awards, our Eco-Warrior Gold Ratings, our competitive prices and our three decades of experience creating safaris that benefit the wildlife, the environment and local communities as well as our guests .. but here are just 10 reasons to start with:

1. Exceptional wildlife-viewing in our private Conservancies

Our conservancies are brimming with wildlife year-round. The truly wild animals freely wander in to our reserves, attracted by the tranquil, protected habitat, away from the crowds of tourist minivans in the adjacent National Parks.

Guests at our Porini Safari Camps are treated to some spectacular sightings in and around our Conservancies, and our safari guides show visitors the varied flora and fauna on daily game-drives and guided walks.

Our visitors capture some wonderful wildlife photos. Guest Matthew Grodzins stayed at our Porini Camps in Amboseli, Ol Pejeta and the Masai Mara and he has kindly shared these great images.

More of our guests’ photos can be seen on the Safari Diary section of our website.

Find out more: Safari Diary …

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2. See various locations in one trip by combining two or more Porini Camps

To really make the most of your time in Kenya you can easily combine stays at two or more of our Porini Camps. Each camp is set within its own wildlife conservancy, surrounded by nature, with opportunities for seeing a broad range of Africa’s iconic animals. But the differing topography and habitat in each area gives a different feel and game-viewing experience.

Porini Amboseli Camp is renowned for its good numbers of elephants, the Mara conservancies have Africa’s highest density of wild lions and Porini Rhino Camp is set within a world-famous rhino sanctuary where visitors can see the World’s last two Northern White Rhino as well as the rest of the Big Five.

The latest addition to our Porini Camps collection is Rhino River Camp which is situated in 80 acres of privately owned wilderness right on the edge of the Meru National Park – a beautiful wilderness which is home to all of the Big Five and much more. Meru is famous as the home to George & Joy Adamson and Elsa the Lioness of the book and film “Born Free”.

Rhino River Camp, Meru

A great combination is our Meru & Mara Safari which stays 3 nights at Rhino River Camp before flying to the Masai Mara for a further 3 nights at Porini Mara Camp.

Find Out More: Meru & Mara Safari special offer … 

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3. Close-Up Wildlife Encounters in our Photography Hide

Guests at Porini Rhino Camp in Ol Pejeta Conservancy have been enjoying the new photography hide which has been carefully placed to enhance wildlife-viewing at the watering hole right in front of camp.

The watering hole offers visitors an opportunity to observe the wild animals that come for a drink – and the hide allows guests to get close (safely!) to the animals which can freely stroll into camp.

Spending time in a hide can, with a little patience, result in some incredible sightings, as our repeat guest Matt Caldwell found during his recent visit.

See some of Matt’s images taken from the hide here: Porini Rhino Camp Photography Hide …

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4. Family Tents now at four Porini Camps – ideal for groups

Our Porini Camps in Amboseli (Selenkay Conservancy), Ol Pejeta Conservancy and both of our Masai Mara camps now feature large Family Tents.

The Family Tents are comprised of two Twin / Double Tents each having its own separate bathroom, with an additional lounge area between them, giving a large private space which is ideal for any family or group travelling together. They are simply priced as two tents, but have the advantage of the extra space.

The Family Tents are proving popular but are subject to availability at the time of booking – so do book early to secure them!

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5. Customised Photographic Vehicle for Game Drives

Photography enthusiasts can now embark on a safari in our new specially-equipped photographic vehicle at Porini Lion Camp.

This specially-adapted Landrover has lowered window openings to maximise photography opportunities, and the centre row of seats has been removed allowing increased space for photographers to move to the most advantageous positions.

Our regular guests Olli Teirila and Alison Buttigieg captured this video from the vehicle on their recent safari in the Masai Mara while visiting the Porini Camps:

Video: Photographic Vehicle at Porini Lion Camp …

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6. Guided Walks with Maasai Warriors

Who better to guide you on your African safari than the Maasai people, whose presence has helped shape Kenya’s history for centuries?

Some of our safari guides and spotters descend from generations of Maasai warriors who have made their home on East Africa’s savannah plains near the most important game reserves in Africa.

Walk with them through the vast conservancies and learn the secrets of the savannah without crowds of visitors and noisy vehicles interrupting your journey.

A guided safari walk enables you to get closer to the flora and fauna often missed when in a vehicle. Search for “Africa’s Little 5”, discover how to track the footprints of big cats and their prey. You can even learn how to throw a spear!

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7. Breakfast in the Bush

A defining moment of any decent African safari is taking breakfast in the bush – but not all safari lodges and camps can offer this.

Each of the Porini Camps includes this experience. As a Porini guest you will awake at dawn to hot coffee or tea and biscuits served to your tent, then you are off on an action-packed morning of game-viewing while the wildlife is at its most active. Having made the most of the morning’s animal activities, you are treated to a full picnic breakfast out in the bush.

How better to enjoy your breakfast than “Out of Africa” style, immersed in nature and with views of the African plains?

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8. Experience an authentic Maasai Village

There is something otherworldly and powerful about visiting the Maasai boma, or village. Perhaps it’s the hearty, cheerful greeting of the children, youths and all the family members in their colourful garb. Perhaps it’s the high-pitched singing of the women or the energetic jumping dance of the lithe young men.

Whatever it is, the visit will be a memory that will stay with you and challenge your perceptions. It’s a definite must-see on your Kenya safari.

From Porini Amboseli Camp Maasai warriors will escort you on a guided walk to their village where you will be welcomed and invited to find out about the Maasai culture, traditions and way of life.

Find out more (video): Bush Walk to Maasai Village …

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9. Porini Safari listed in Kenya’s Top 15 Experiences

The Kenya Tourist Board recently pronounced one of our Porini Safaris – the “Paka Kubwa Safari” – as one of the 15 best signature experiences in Kenya.

Paka Kubwa means “Big Cat” in Swahili and this eight day tour offers an excellent chance of seeing the big cats – and much more – by combining Nairobi National Park, Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli National Park, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Masai Mara National Reserve & Conservancies.

Find out more: Paka Kubwa Safari special offer …

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10. Your Visit Will Support Conservation

As a local Kenyan company, we are committed to helping preserve East Africa’s unique wildlife and natural landscapes in close co-operation with local communities.

We believe that the best way to do this is to establish wildlife conservancies to enlarge the area of protected habitat for wildlife and to ensure that this benefits the local communities while giving our guests a rewarding wildlife watching experience.

“What a marvellous example of how people and wildlife can live alongside one another. Thank you all.” Sir David Attenborough at Porini Amboseli Camp

In this short video clip, our Founder & Chairman, Jake Grieves-Cook, explains the “conservancy concept” that we have championed for more than two decades and which has proved very popular with so many of our regular guests who keep returning to stay at the Porini Camps.

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Contact us to discuss your options

Simply get in touch with us via our online enquiry form and one of our Safari Consultants will email you with recommendations based on your travel dates and budget.

In addition to our friendly sales team based in Kenya, we have safari experts based in the USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, India and Australia.

 

Concerned about the security of your booking and your own safety while on safari?

We fully appreciate your concerns when it comes to booking a safari in Africa and you can rest assured that your financial security when booking and your own personal safety when on safari is our highest priority. Gamewatchers Safaris is a member of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators bonding scheme, backed by a leading insurance company, to ensure your payments are fully protected if a bonded KATO member ceases trading.