Porini Amboseli Camp

Reviews of Porini Amboseli Camp

Excellent(94%) From 10 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 10 of our travellers who have visited Porini Amboseli Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs T from Hants
Arrived on: 2-Mar-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent safari at Porini Amboseli

The camp was everything that we hoped for and exceeded our expectations as it was a simple but very comfortable tented camp. Our guide Amos was very proud of the Masai culture and very knowledgeable about the wildlife. The driver Melita was superb at positioning the vehicle to get the best light for photography.

We loved the sundowners at the waterhole and enjoyed the day out at Amboseli and great to see Kilimanjaro and to get the classic photo shot of elephants in the foreground of Kili, but we appreciated being based in the Selenkay conservancy as we saw no other vehicles.

The food was delicious and of the right quantities.

We enjoyed flying with Yellow Wings to the Selenkay airstrip and sitting in the co pilots seat.

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Mr F & Mrs B from Preston
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic Experience at Porini Amboseli

We arrived at Porini Amboseli on schedule and from the first minute the service was excellent. We were made to feel very welcome.

Our tent was comfortable and the location was unbelievable , right in the middle of everything and all the wildlife. The game drives were absolutely first class and we saw such a lot. Our 22 year old grandson was with us and this was his first safari and indeed long haul flight. He was totally amazed with everything.

The food we had was first class as was the service. Our grandson, Toby has to eat gluten free and is vegetarian. The camp coped with this very well indeed and were very careful . We were really impressed. The concept of these Conservancies is excellent and the fact that on the drives you can go off road is ideal and very exciting.

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Ms D from Wellington
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Porini Amboseli

Not one of the better camps I've stayed at ! I found the camp a bit disorganised, we were asked to be ready for game drives at a certain time, but our guide was always 15-20 minutes late.

I had chosen this camp because of my love of elephants, very few in the conservancy, and we only went into Amboseli one day for a few hours.

I presume that you passed onto the camp that I was vegetarian, very embarrassing when I asked for a vegetarian meal, it finally arrived when all the other guests had finished eating, and was the same meal they all had, minus the chicken.On the last night the meal was good, so they finally got things right.

I was in the furthest away tent, which is ok, but they would forget about me in the evenings, and I would need to walk to dinner unescorted-- I was ok with this, but for other guests who have not had much bush experience it would have been a frightening experience, especially after they had emphasised the dangers of walking alone after dark.

A small thing, but I never got a clean towel in the 3 days I was there. The second day I purposely left it on the floor, but it still wasn't replaced, just folded and put back on the rack, dirty .

The staff were lovely, I just don't think the management skills were there, things seemed a bit disorganised. This all sounds quite picky when I read back over it, but I have stayed in many different camps over the years, and have very rarely been disappointed.

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Expert Africa comments

The owners of Porini Amboseli responded with great concern to this feedback and are very sorry that things were not better for Ms D. While they are glad that she liked the camp staff they expressed their sincere regrets that the camp didn't live up to her expectations.

They say their guides know they need to be ready at least 15 minutes before game drives. While they believe some other guests were late for the shared game drives, they accept this is no excuse for leaving her waiting without explanation. They will be reiterating to the guides the importance of this.

They regret that during the time she was in camp, there were not as many elephants as usual. Expert Africa have also visited this camp when elephants were all around it, so seeing few in Selenkay is most unusual.

This guest’s request to Expert Africa for vegetarian meals was relayed to the camp’s booking office in Nairobi but did not go beyond there to the camp itself, for which they are very sorry. The member of staff was very apologetic and confirmed she is going to be more meticulous to ensure it doesn't happen again.

The camp was very concerned to hear this guest was not escorted properly after dark, which is not normal practice. They are reviewing their systems to ensure that no guest can ever move around camp after dark without being escorted.

Porini Amboseli's policy on towels is that if the towel is on the floor of the tent it should replaced. They very much regret this did not happen and have taken up the issue with all their tent stewards to ensure the policy is adhered to.

Overall, Expert Africa feels Ms D had an unusually poor experience at this camp, which normally gets abundant praise. As the local community relies heavily on the camp’s success, they recognise they cannot afford to let things slip and will be addressing these issues urgently.

Mr N & Ms S from Zambia
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Porini Amboseli Camp review

Amboseli is, of course, best known (and rightly so) for its iconic vistas and wonderful elephants. But it should also be highly rated for its birdlife, the primary aim of our trip.

We opted for six nights (more than the norm based on what we saw of other guests while we were there) in part because of the frequency of Kenya Airways flights from Livingstone (where we live) and in part because we wanted to have a decent break and really explore Amboseli and the Selenkay Conservation Area where Porini is based. We are also very interested in camps which are owned and (largely) run by the local community. this being the fourth at which we have stayed in Kenya. Six nights was not too long.

This is not a high end camp. But it is comfortable and offers good standards of service. Acting Manager Daniel did an excellent job while we were there, keeping everything running smoothly. In the mess tent, John ensured that drinks and meals were well provided in a timely manner. All the staff were friendly and helpful.

The Conservation Area is a very worthy and well run project. From next to nothing two decades ago the community has created a hub for a whole range of animals - including four of the 'big five'. The game is plentiful and habituated, attracted by permanent water. It lives alongside the Masai cattle which are protected by the lion guardians whose job it is not only to protect the lions but also to keep distance between the two prides and the cattle herds, thereby avoiding clashes between the people and the cats.

The area offers several micro-environments which means that there is a great range of birds there. Add to this Amboseli NP itself, less than an hour drive away, and it isn't surprising that we logged 214 species in our six-night stay, despite being out of peak (ie inward migration) season.

All in all, strongly recommended both in its own right and as a base for exploring the NP.

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Mr & Mrs G from Michigan
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Amazing elephants

Our visit to Porini Amboseli began with a sighting of a cheetah leading her two cubs to dine on an impala -- a thrilling start to our 4 days there. Wildlife was plentiful, especially around the waterholes that have viewing stands. We enjoyed seeing many elephants, lions, and had our first sighting of the gerenuk, a gazelle that stands on tiptoe to feed in the trees. The area is uncrowded, and we saw few other cars on our game drives.

The camp itself was uncrowded during our visit and we were indeed the only guests one night. Because of that, we were able to have a private car with two guides for each drive. Both of the guides were Maasai from the Mara and had only been in the Amboseli area a short time.

The visit to the national park was probably worthwhile to see the lunar-like landscape and dust devils, but it makes a very long day and of course doesn't allow for driving off road for closer animal sightings. We did enjoy seeing the marsh area, but in the main we wished we had stayed in the Selenkay conservancy for the day.

The camp tents are adequate but not luxurious. The lighting could be improved, and our bucket shower provided plenty of hot water but at a trickle. The food was good, but not exceptional and the staff was gracious and friendly. We chose the Porini camp because of the emphasis placed on Maasai culture, but we didn't find the experience any different than what we experienced at the other Kenya camps we visited where the staff is almost exclusively Maasai. We did the village visit, which was interesting and thankfully non-commercial. But visits of that sort with lots of picture-taking and no ability to communicate with the residents are always a bit awkward.

In general, we had excellent wildlife sightings and good guides, but didn't feel like this camp was one we would return to.

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Ms D from London
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great Safari adventure

Amboseli, was just amazing and life changing. Run my mara people, who were and are all just fantastic, knowledgable, funny and kind.

They don't quite beat the awe of the fantastic wildlife that I was treated to but they certainly add too it and help make it an unforgettable adventure.

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Mr M from Leederville
Arrived on: 16-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Amazing!

Simply wonderful. Staff and management were marvellous. The chef was very accommodating to Mary's rather specific dietary needs and took the time and trouble to provide meals she really loved, thank you!

The guides and drivers were excellent, professional and courteous as well as skilled and knowledgable.

Waiting staff may have been a little over-anxious to clear away after meals, sometimes we felt we were a little rushed.
Overall, an amazing experience, and one we could not recommend highly enough.

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Mr & Mrs C from Stroud
Arrived on: 14-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Elephant heaven at Porini Amboseli Camp

A very special moment here as we were able to see the first steps of a newborn baby elephant right behind the camp.

We loved our stay here - the service was friendly and efficient, Julius was a great guide and it was good to know that our stay helped the local villagers to conserve their own way of life and their wildlife.

We were told that the camp was due for an upgrade, but the spacious tent was comfortable and the bucket shower system was good.

Food was simple and unpretentious, and plenty of it.

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V&R from UK
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Porini Amboseli Camp review

We arrived in a tiny four seater plane to a dirt airstrip and although we'd loved Nairobi Nat Park we immediately loved the sense of being miles from anywhere in the middle of African scrub. The animals were plentiful in the conservancy but we could go for periods of time without seeing anything ( but there were always new birds to see). There were two waterholes that most of the time provided lots of animals to watch, especially plentiful elephants.

One of the reasons I'd chosen this company was the promise of open land rovers or land cruisers for game drives so we were always out in the fresh air with nothing between us and the landscape and animals. They were really comfortable and we delighted in our choice constantly when we saw other vehicles. Waterproof capes were provided for warmth and were very snug.

We loved Amboseli National Park, the lush landscape and the quantity and variety of both animals and birds.

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Sarah from Arizona
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Porini Amboseli Camp review

Porini Amboseli Camp was a wonderful place to stay while exploring the African bush.

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