Amboseli Porini Camp
Amboseli Porini Camp is located in the Selenkay Conservation Area, a 15,000-acre private game reserve within a vast tract of land owned by the Kisonko clan of the Maasai people. The Conservancy is an important dispersal area for wildlife moving in and out of Amboseli and holds a wide diversity of species.
The Camp consists of nine spacious tents, sited among shady Acacia Tortilis trees, in a spot once favoured by big game hunters. The camp is small and exclusive, accommodating a maximum of 18 guests. It is set up along the lines of the traditional hunting safari bush camp, so there are no permanent structures like bar or restaurant or swimming pool – this is real camping in the bush, but with much more comfortable bathroom arrangements than were available to the hunters of earlier years! The tents (below) are large and comfortably furnished, each with a double and a single bed, solar-powered electric lights, and ensuite bathroom with safari shower, washbasin and flush toilet. Meals are taken under the shade of an Acacia tree and after dinner you can sit around the campfire and listen to the sounds of the African night. The camp is staffed entirely by members of the local Maasai community apart from the manager and head chef.
Transport is in a specially designed open-sided Landrover 4 wheel drive safari vehicles (pictured right). Going on safari in a ‘proper’ safari vehicle gives a far better safari experience than travelling in the minibus vans with window seats used by many other tour operators! There are no minibuses or other tourists or vehicles in the conservancy, allowing guests to enjoy a unique experience compared to traditional mass-tourist lodges and camps. Maasai warriors escort guests on a walk in the conservancy where you can learn about how the various indigenous animals and plants are used by the community and how their way of life is intertwined with their surroundings. Guests are taken to a local Maasai village where they can experience a little of traditional Maasai village life. Sundowners with views of Mt Kilimanjaro and night game drives are all part of the experience at Amboseli Porini.