Rhino Watching & Big Cats Safari

"A rare opportunity to see Africa's Big Five in natural habitat, away from crowds" -
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A 7 day safari bringing excellent value-for-money, combining two of Kenya’s most renowned wildlife locations. Guests have the rare opportunity to see rhino – including the World’s last two remaining Northern White Rhino – and can get off the beaten track to observe lions, leopards, cheetahs and much more where the animals are completely wild and free in their natural habitat.

Starting in Nairobi, you will begin your adventure with a flight to the world-renowned Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a vast area of landscape that has been set aside to protect the natural habitat for Kenya’s wildlife.

Spend 3 nights at Porini Rhino Camp taking daily day and night 4×4 game-drives (with expert driver-guide) in search of the Big Five. This is East Africa’s largest rhino sanctuary, so guests are guaranteed sightings of these majestic beasts. Lions and leopards also reside here.

Guests can also opt to visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Baraka the Black Rhino and the Endangered Species Boma which houses the planet’s last two remaining Northern White Rhino.

Black Rhino in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

On Day 4 you will fly to the Maasai Mara for a further 3 nights at Porini Mara Camp which has just 6 guest tents sited within the exclusive 18,700 acre Ol Kinyei Conservancy. A visit is made into the Masai Mara National Reserve on one day.

From each camp, guests take day and night game drives within the conservancies which are teeming with wildlife. Drives are by custom-built, open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles (not tourist vans) with a driver-guide and a spotter. Porini guests also enjoy bush picnics and romantic sundowners and can join Maasai warriors for guided walks to learn more about Kenya’s fascinating flora and fauna.

The conservancies are formed of pristine wilderness with open savannah plains, riverine forest, springs, streams and rivers, rolling hills and spectacular views.

 

Porini Safari Camps are Fully Inclusive of:

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and selected drinks (beer, house wine, gin & tonics, mineral water, sodas)
  • Bush Breakfasts
  • Game drives in custom-built 4×4 open-sided safari vehicles
  • Morning and evening / night shared game drives (private vehicles available at a supplement)
  • Expert Maasai driver-guides
  • Escorted walks with Maasai guides
  • Sundowner drinks to watch the sunset from scenic viewing points

 

Porini guest tents are spacious and each has solar electric lights and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and safari shower. The camp Chefs prepare good quality meals – hot dishes, fresh salads and home baked bread.

Note: This tour includes flights between Nairobi and safari areas (and back) to avoid wasting hours travelling by road and to get you straight to the wildlife. Departures are flexible (any day of the week) but exclude the rainy season from mid Apr to end of May.

We can arrange Nairobi transfers as well an overnight stay in Nairobi (at a supplement) at the start or end of your safari depending on your international flight times.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from Wilson Airport on the 10.20 am flight to Nanyuki, arriving at approximately 11.30 am. You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Porini Rhino Camp, located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea in camp and then head off on a game drive with your driver-guide in the camp’s 4×4 safari vehicle. Return to Porini Rhino Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 2
Awake to the noisy calls of the bush. Enjoy a full day in Ol Pejeta with game drives and walking activities from camp. Stop for a Sundowner at a scenic viewpoint and later return to camp for dinner. Overnight Porini Rhino Camp.

Day 3
After an early breakfast, enjoy a walk with Maasai Guides in the Conservancy, returning to Camp for lunch. Take a rest after lunch and then go out on an afternoon game drive to explore the Ol Pejeta Conservancy with a sundowner and night game drive on the return to Camp. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4
Early breakfast, before you depart and transfer to the airstrip for the morning flight to to the Masai Mara. You will be met at the airstrip by your Driver Guide and transfer to Porini Mara Camp, with a game drive enroute. Settle into your tent before enjoying lunch. In the afternoon head out on a game drive 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 Conservancy, before heading back to camp for dinner. Overnight at Porni Mara Camp.

Day 5
A full day spent on a game drive in the famous Maasai Mara Reserve with a picnic lunch in the park and then return to Porini Mara Camp in the late afternoon. Sundowner and night game drive as you return to Camp for dinner. Overnight Porini Mara Camp.

Day 6
A full day to explore the Ol Kinyei Conservancy on the lookout for elephants, buffalo, giraffe, plains game and the big cats. Wake up at dawn and enjoy an early game drive in the conservancy, returning to camp for a late breakfast followed by an escorted nature walk and then lunch. In the afternoon enjoy another game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy with a night drive as you head back to camp driving in the dark with a spotlight for the chance to see the nocturnal animals. Dinner and overnight at Porini Mara Camp.

Day 7
Early morning game drive in the conservancy returning for breakfast. Mid- morning transfer to the airstrip for the 11 am flight back to Nairobi Wilson airport (arriving 12.20 pm).

Prices

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“RHINO WATCHING & BIG CATS” SAFARI: Prices are Per Person in US$

Prices Include: Day 1 flight from Nairobi Wilson airport to Ol Pejeta Airstrip, met and transferred to Porini Rhino Camp for 3 nights with daily Ol Pejeta Conservancy fees included. Day 4 flight to Ol Seki Airstrip, met and transferred to Porini Mara Camp for 3 nights with daily Ol Kinyei & Naboisho Conservancy fees and one day Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance fee. Day 7 flight back to Nairobi Wilson airport.

Porini Camps are based on Full Board 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 and walks with Maasai warriors.

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

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DATES FROM DATES TO PER ADULT SHARING (PACKAGE) SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (PACKAGE) EXTRA NIGHT AT PORINI RHINO CAMP (PER ADULT SHARING) EXTRA NIGHT AT PORINI MARA CAMP (PER ADULT SHARING)
01-Jun-19 30-Jun-19 2945 USD 510 USD 370 USD 385 USD
01-Jul-19 30-Sep-19 3990 USD 810 USD 530 USD 545 USD
01-Oct-19 31-Oct-19 3105 USD 810 USD 385 USD 395 USD
01-Nov-19 20-Dec-19 3020 USD 510 USD 385 USD 395 USD
21-Dec-19 02-Jan-20 4350 USD 900 USD 590 USD 605 USD
03-Jan-20 31-Mar-20 3308 USD 570 USD 410 USD 425 USD
01-Apr-20 15-Apr-20 3219 USD 570 USD 410 USD 425 USD
16-Apr-20 31-May-20 CLOSED
01-Jun-20 30-Jun-20 3219 USD 570 USD 410 USD 425 USD
01-Jul-20 30-Sep-20 4388 USD 900 USD 590 USD 605 USD
01-Oct-20 31-Oct-20 3398 USD 570 USD 425 USD 440 USD
01-Nov-20 20-Dec-20 3309 USD 570 USD 425 USD 440 USD

Christmas & New Year Supplement: $ 40 per person per night on 24, 25, 26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan

Child prices shown are applicable to children sharing a tent with accompanying adults. Discounts are also available for 2 children in their own tent (age restrictions apply) – please contact us for prices. NB Porini camps are not suitable for children aged 7 years and under.

Optional exclusive use of 4×4 vehicle for game drives at camp: US$ 375 per vehicle per day.

Optional late afternoon departure from Porini Camps (after 10 am): US$ 150 per person minimum 2 pax (includes lunch, soft drinks and activities before departure in the late afternoon).

Optional Mombasa flight supplement:  Day 7 flight from Masai Mara to Diani/Ukunda/Mombasa Airport instead of flying to Nairobi: US$ 430 per adult & US$ 230 per child aged 8 – 12 years (one way flight). Includes late departure charge and mandatory US$ 80 park fee.

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If you wish to discuss your requirements with one of our expert safari consultants please call on:

Kenya Kenya Tel: +254-774-136523

UK UK Tel: 07546​ 433 250 (Sally Wanjau) or 07901-396513 (Steve Sturton-Davies)

USA USA Tel: 1-877-710-3014 (Julie Roggow) or 1-541-639-2070 (Brad Wierman)

Activities in Ol Pejeta

Ol Pejeta Endangered Species Boma

Endangered Species BomaThe Endangered Species Boma is a must-see for any trip to Ol Pejeta. Here visitors can meet and learn about the Northern White Rhinos which are critically endangered with only three left in the world. All of them are here and visitors can have the unique experience of seeing these majestic creatures up close. The boma also has six southern white rhinos, two black rhinos and numerous Grevy’s zebras and Jackson’s hartebeest. Tour starts at 2.45 pm. Approximately 2 hours.

US $40 per adult / $20 per child (aged up to 11 years). Funds raised go towards the care of the rhinos.

Meet Baraka the Black Rhino

BarakaBaraka was one of the first rhinos born on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. After losing an eye to an infection following a fight he unfortunately developed a cataract in the other eye and subsequently became completely blind. With a low chance of survival on his own, Baraka was moved from the wild to a 100 acre enclosure in order to ensure his safety.

Baraka is now an ambassador for his species – and a popular attraction at Ol Pejeta. There is a feeding platform from which visitors can get up close to view and feed him, an experience not to be missed. Baraka receives visitors daily from 9.30am to 6.00pm, with feeding times three times per day.

The cost of the visit to Baraka and the Information Center is already included within the Conservancy Fee.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Chimpanzee SanctuaryFormed in 1993 as a joint alliance between The Jane Goodall Institute and Kenyan Wildlife Services this sanctuary was established as a refuge for orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees and is the only place in Kenya where non-indigenous chimpanzees can be seen.

The Sanctuary provides a permanent refuge in as natural environment as possible – the 40 or so chimpanzees are protected on an island and access to see them is by boat.

NB  Porini Rhino Camp guests gain priority access to the Sanctuary from 9am (before guests of other camps arrive from 10am).

The cost of a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary is already included within the Conservancy fee.

Lion Tracking

Lion TrackingTake this unique opportunity to head out on Ol Pejeta Conservancy to track the lion population. It is a great way to support the conservation project and to learn more about these fascinating animals. All of the information gathered is passed on to the Ol Pejeta Ecological Monitoring Department. Guests remain in the vehicle at all times. Tracking excursions depart daily between 06:30h – 09:30h and 15:30h – 18:30h.

Price: US $40 per adult / $20 per child (aged up to 11 years). Funds raised support the project.

Morani Information Center

morani-information-center2The Morani Information Center offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the different wildlife species that live on Ol Pejeta; from anatomy to behaviour to habitat. It also offers an insight into how Ol Pejeta Conservancy works on a daily basis to safeguard wildlife and preserve wilderness.

There is also a converted rhino transportation crate to explore!

The Morani Center is open from 9 to 5 every day and is free of charge.

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