Masai Mara Big Cat Safari

This 4 night / 5 day safari includes stays at two small eco-camps located inside exclusive wildlife conservancies in the Maasai Mara eco-system (also known as Masai Mara) which are reserved solely for the camps’ guests. Game drives (shared) are in open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles, with experienced Maasai safari guides, to look for the Big Cats in the park and the conservancies. Night game drives offered at both camps allow you the opportunity to be out when the Big Cats are most active.

Porini Mara Camp, Ol Kinyei Conservancy

Porini Mara Camp is sited inside the exclusive 18,700 acre wildlife conservancy of Ol Kinyei, one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. This is pristine wilderness with open savannah plains, riverine forest, springs, streams and rivers, rolling hills and spectacular views across the Mara. Ol Kinyei belongs to a Maasai community who has recently set aside the conservancy as a sanctuary for wildlife. The conservancy holds a wide variety of the animal species for which the Mara is famous including a large resident pride of lions as well as leopards and cheetahs.

Location

Ol Kinyei Conservancy is about 10 miles from the Maasai Mara park boundary and close to Naboisho Ol Seki airstrip which has daily scheduled flights from / to Nairobi.

The Camp

leopord photoPorini Mara Camp has six guest tents sited in the shade of Yellow-barked Acacia trees along the banks of the Laetoli, a permanent spring within Ol Kinyei. The tents are spacious and each has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and safari shower. With no more than 12 guests in camp one gets the experience of real safari camping in the bush in an exclusive private wilderness but with all the comforts required by discerning travellers. Food is excellent with home baked bread, fresh salads and high quality meals prepared by the camp Chef.

Porini Lion Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Porini Lion camp is located inside the exclusive 33,000 acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This expansive conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve is home to an abundance of animals including all the Big Cats for which the Mara is famous.

Location

Olare Motorogi Conservancy is adjoining the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The Olare Orok airstrip used by the daily scheduled flights to Mara from Nairobi is a short 30-45 minute drive from camp with a game drive enroute.

The Camp

The eco-friendly Porini Lion Camp has no permanent construction and is situated along the Ntiakatiak River, a seasonal river with permanent hippo pools near camp. With ten guest tents the camp is small and exclusive, giving you a real “in the bush” safari camping experience. The tents are very spacious and have private verandas along the length of the tent, providing a secluded and quiet place for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of this African wilderness. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Food is excellent with fresh baked bread and high quality meals prepared by the camp Chef.

The Experience at Porini Mara Camp and Porini Lion Camp

cheetah photoQualified Maasai safari guides enhance the experience by educating the camp guests about the flora, fauna and people of the surrounding areas. Guests are taken on day and night game drives in the camps’ custom built open-sided 4×4’s. In the evening a stop is made at a scenic viewing point to enjoy a drink while watching the sun go down over the Siria escarpment. A night game drive is taken on the way back to camp, giving guests the opportunity to see many of the elusive nocturnal animals. Maasai warriors escort guests on walks in the conservancies where they can learn about how the various indigenous plants are used by the community and how their way of life is intertwined with their surroundings and with the wildlife.

Facilities and activities included for all guests:

  • Large Safari tents with a double and single bed, solar electric lights, en suite bathrooms with flush toilet and safari shower.
  • All meals and picnic lunches, free mineral water, sodas, gin, beer and house wine.
  • Custom built 4×4 safari vehicles for game drives.
  • Expert Maasai driver-guides and spotters.
  • Morning, evening and night shared game drives in Ol Kinyei Conservancy and Olare Motorogi Conservancy. (Private vehicles available at a supplement).
  • Full day in Maasai Mara National Reserve with picnic lunch.
  • Escorted walk with Maasai guides.
  • Sundowner drinks to watch the sunset from scenic viewing points.
  • Arrival and departure transfers between airstrips and the camps.

*Big Cat photos courtesy of Mr Joseph Lam, taken while on safari at the Porini Camps

Special Offers

Free Airport Arrival Transfers in Nairobi

For all guests booking 6 or more nights staying at the Porini Camps we provide a free airport transfer on arrival in Nairobi to any hotel in Nairobi booked by us, or to Wilson airport.

Free Night in Nairobi and Free Airport Transfer

For all guests booking 8 or more nights staying at the Porini Camps we provide a FREE NIGHT including breakfast in Nairobi plus a free arrival transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

For your free night in Nairobi you can choose between a night at the Eka Hotel or the Weston Hotel (on Bed & Breakfast basis), or stay at Nairobi Tented Camp in Nairobi National Park on Bed & Breakfast basis (excluding $78 park entry fee). For stays at Nairobi Tented Camp our special discounted Half Board safari package at $105 can be added as a pre-booked option to include a free game drive and dinner and free drinks.


Please Note: special offers are subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time.

Itinerary

Duration: 4 nights / 5 days (optional extra nights)

Day 1

Depart Nairobi’s Wilson airport at 10am for the one hour flight to the Mara. You’ll be met at the Naboisho Ol Seki airstrip by Porini Mara staff and transferred to camp. Settle into your tent and enjoy lunch prepared by the camp chef. Afternoon game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, followed by a sundowner at a scenic spot. Return to camp for a shower, dinner and overnight.
Day 2
Awake to the natural sounds of the Mara’s birdlife. Leave camp soon after dawn to explore the Ol Kinyei Conservancy on the lookout for elephants, buffalo, giraffe, plains game and the big cats. You will have a bush breakfast out in the wilds and then return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will have a further game drive in Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies with a sundowner at a scenic spot followed by a night game drive with spotlights to search for nocturnal animals, including the elusive leopards which are resident in Ol Kinyei, before heading back to camp for dinner.
Day 3
After breakfast leave camp and drive through Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies, game-viewing as you go, and on to Olare Motorogi Conservancy arriving at Porini Lion Camp for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy, away from the minibuses and tourist vehicles seen in the reserve, and with an excellent chance of sighting lions, cheetahs and leopards all of which are found in the conservancy. Sundowner and night game drive. Overnight Porini Lion Camp.
Day 4
A full day spent on a game drive in the famous Masai Mara Reserve with a picnic lunch in the park and then return to Porini Lion Camp in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Porini Lion Camp.
Day 5
*Optional Balloon Safari and Champagne Breakfast.
Final early morning game drive in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and then after breakfast  transfer to the Olare airstrip to fly back on the 11am flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, arriving at around 12.05h. Or take the option of a further night at Porini Lion Camp with game drives in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.

 

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MAASAI MARA BIG CAT SAFARI, 4 NIGHTS FLYING PACKAGE(OL KINYEI CONSERVANCY, MASAI MARA & OLARE MOTOROGI CONSERVANCY, MASAI MARA): PRICES IN US$

Prices include: At Wilson Airport, board schedule flight to Ol Seki Airstrip, met and transferred to Porini Mara Camp for 2 nights with daily Ol Kinyei Conservancy fees, then afterwards check out and game drive enroute via Naboisho Conservancy and into Olare Motorogi Conservancy to arrive at Porini Lion Camp for 2 nights with daily Olare Motorogi Conservancy fees and one day Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance fee, both camps are based on full board basis including soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water, return conservancy airstrip transfers, day & night shared game drives in open sided 4×4 safari vehicle with qualified guide, sundowners, walks with Maasai warriors, then last day fly back to Wilson Airport.

Prices exclude: International flights to / from Nairobi, travel insurance, Kenya Visas and tips / gratuities.

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DATES-FROM DATES-UNTIL PER ADULT SHARING, 4 NT PACKAGE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGE PER CHILD SHARING, PACKAGE EXTRA NIGHT AT PORINI LION CAMP PER ADULT SHARING
01-Oct-19 31-Oct-19 2545 USD 540 USD 1685 USD 585 USD
01-Nov-19 19-Dec-19 2130 USD 540 USD 1420 USD 450 USD
20-Dec-19 02-Jan-20 3465 USD 560 USD 2235 USD 770 USD
03-Jan-20 27-Mar-20 2735 USD 560 USD 1795 USD 615 USD
28-Mar-20 31-May-20 CLOSED
01-Jun-20 14-Jun-20 2355 USD 560 USD 1570 USD 475 USD
15-Jun-20 30-Jun-20 2455 USD 560 USD 1630 USD 500 USD
01-Jul-20 30-Sep-20 3635 USD 560 USD 2335 USD 810 USD
01-Oct-20 15-Oct-20 2865 USD 560 USD 1875 USD 650 USD
16-Oct-20 31-Oct-20 2735 USD 560 USD 1795 USD 615 USD
01-Nov-20 19-Dec-20 2310 USD 560 USD 1525 USD 475 USD

Child rates applicable to children aged 8 to 16 years:

  • 1 child sharing with 2 adults – child pays child package price above and 2 adults each pay the per adult sharing rate.
  • 1 child sharing with 1 adult – child pays child package price above and adult pays the single adult rate.
  • 2 or 3 children sharing in own tent – each child pays 75% of the per adult rate.
  • Camps not recommended for children aged under 8 years.

Exclusive Vehicle: sole use of the open sided 4×4 safari vehicle during game drive US$ 375 per vehicle per day.

Late Afternoon Departure: Late departure from camp after 10.00 a.m. is US$ 150 per person – minimum 2 people (includes lunch, soft drinks and activities before departure in the late afternoon with transfer to airstrip. Guests are required to check out of their tent by 10.00).

Optional flight supplements:

Mombasa: fly from Masai Mara to Diani / Ukunda / Moi Airport instead of flying to Nairobi: US$ 430 per adult / US$ 285 per child aged 8 – 11 years (one way flight). Includes late departure charge and mandatory US $80 park fee.

Extra night rate: The extra night rate includes game activities on the Conservancy where a large variety of wildlife can be seen with few other tourist vehicles present, as well as the option of having bush breakfasts, evening sundowners and night drives (all of which are not possible in the Reserve). Any clients who do choose to have another day in the National Reserve must pay the extra park entry fee of US$ 80 per adult per day / US$ 45 per child per day (up to 18 years) on top of the above rates.

 

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