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    Porini Camp Amboseli National Park Kenya, Gamewatchers Porini

    Porini Camp is a luxury safari camp 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 and bordering the northern boundary of Amboseli National Park. Porini Camp is set under the giant umbrella of a thorn acacia tree; elephants wandering across a grassy plain against the majestic backdrop of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro; proud Masai nomads herding their cattle in the distance. The exclusive, back-to-nature Porini Tented Camp is located in the remote and game-abundant area, a few miles north of Amboseli National Park. A gold eco-award winner, the camp is co-owned with the local Masai community. Porini Tented Camp epitomized the timeless romance of the Kenya safaris! The breathtaking outline of Kilimanjaro fills the horizon as you enter the Selenkay Conservation Area, a (60 square kilometer) private game reserve, because the area is relatively new to tourism, you'll see few visitors and numbers are limited to 18 per day, but lots of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, and the ubiquitous Amboseli elephants. Birdlife is prolific, with lots of raptors.


    The traditional Porini Camp Amboseli is the home of the authentic Amboseli safari with great game viewing and experiences in the wide open spaces of Africa. This proximity to the local Masai community is unique at Amboseli Porini Camp. The safari camp is a cooperative venture between us, Gamewatchers Safaris and the Kisonko clan of the Masai people who owned the Selenkay conservation land. Aside from the camp management and the head chef, all members of the staff were local Masai. You will have opportunities to walk with Masai warriors who will discuss with you various aspects of their culture, traditions and how indigenous natural resources were used by the community. You will interact with the men, women and children of the village, visit their homes, observe the activities of their daily lives and enjoy their ceremonial songs and dances. This alone can make you’re tour to Amboseli Porini Camp an exceptional experience. But it is only one part of the overall program. Guests can see big game amongst many other animals from a 4x4 safari vehicle or on foot safari. The abundance and variety of game is startling in the conservancy as well as the amboseli park: lions, cheetahs, caracals, hyenas, buffalos, zebras, wildebeests and gazelles galore; and bird species too numerous to recall. Most thrilling of all is the dense elephant population. At recent count, more than 1,000 of the great pachyderms are said to live in the Amboseli wildlife park, large swaying herds stirring red dust across the plain, unerringly heading toward the grassy swamp in the distance. Unconcerned by your presence, they sometimes come so close to your vehicle that you felt tempted to reach out. An unhurried night drive follows with a great opportunity to observe the nocturnal fauna. Amboseli Porini is everything you have imagined a Kilimanjaro safari should be: legendary vistas, superb game viewing, comfortable accommodations in an environmentally responsible setting, knowledgeable local guides and warm and attentive staff. It was an experience recommend to many as a “must” to environmentally and socially conscious friends planning a visit to Kenya.


    Experience the thrill of a small and exclusive safari camp combined with exciting Amboseli safaris. The Amboseli Porini is run with the preservation of the natural environment in the forefront. Accommodation at Porini Safari Camp Amboseli is on a full board basis. The rate includes mineral water, sodas, gin and tonic, beer and house wine, transfers to and from Nairobi and the Amboseli airstrip, also game drives and walks with Maasai warriors. Weddings safari can be arranged at any of the Porini Tented Camp Amboseli, including a traditional Maasai elders blessing. Enjoy your special day in a truly unique setting; Game viewing is done in Amboseli national park and within the conservation area, which is home to a number of cat species including civet, leopard and lion. Night game drives and walking safari walks are also available within the conservation area. If you stay at Porini Camp Amboseli Kenya for a minimum of 2 nights, you also have the opportunity to take a full day walk and overnight adventure led by Maasai Moran’s. Your will walk through the most beautiful scenery whilst the Maasai show you the African wilderness through their eyes, pointing out all the tracks and signs of the previous night’s animal activities. You will be served breakfast in a tree house overlooking one of the wildlife waterholes in Selenkay. The walk then continues through the bush towards Olisinkiran hill, the highest point in Selenkay. From here you will have incredible 360 degree views, including Mt Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu Hills. Around mid-day you will reach a second wildlife waterhole in the conservancy where you will enjoy lunch on a raised platform perched in a tree. Here you can enjoy the pristine wilderness and look out for birds and wildlife coming to drink at the waterhole. Later in the afternoon, you will continue up to the top of the Hill where the Maasai will set up camp.


    The small, intimate at Porini Camp Kenya has great ambience and excellent food! As there are no permanent structures, meals are taken outdoors under the stars or a shady acacia tortilis tree or inside a cozy mess tent. After the meal, guests retire to the campfire for post-prandial drinks and listen to Africa's mesmerizing sounds. All staff at the Porini Camp Kenia belong to the local Masai community which helped set up the conservation area. Sundowners are conducted on Olosinkiran Hill, nature walks along the Selengei Sand River with the local Masai trackers and visits to local Masai villages are also included in the program. Porini Camp Kenia provides a truly outstanding adventure in one of the most magical and undisturbed natural settings in Africa, frequented in the past by Big Game hunters. Amboseli Porini Camp Kenya manages to maintain the simplicity and charm of traditional tented camps whilst providing all the necessary comforts. The Porini Camps have not tried to over-extend themselves and are characterized by simplicity and good consistent standard of comfort, service and food and well informed guides. The Porini Camp Amboseli Africa is ideal for those that are not too fussed about having the finest linen sheets and the ultimate in stylish accoutrements. It is well-furnished with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff and is well-placed for exploring the Amboseli National Reserve as well as the immediate conservancy which has a good population of wildlife. A key feature of the Porini Camp Africa is it's commitment to involving the local Maasai community in its conservation efforts. Big, comfortably furnished tents are solar-powered and have en-suite bathrooms with a basin, shower, and flush toilet. You'll eat hearty, home-cooked meals outside the mess tent while being serenaded by birdcalls by day and nocturnal animals by night. Game drives are taken in an open-sided safari vehicle—yours will be the only one for miles. You'll visit an authentic Masai village, take an informative walk in a dry riverbed, enjoy a picnic lunch in Amboseli itself, and at night you'll return to your own little private spot in the African wilderness. The all-inclusive price covers round-trip road transfers, Amboseli park fees, conservancy fees, all game drives, sundowners, walks with Masai warriors, Masai village visits, full board, and free house wines, beer, and soft drinks. Porini Tented safari camp is managed by a young South African couple, Ryan and Tania, who are experienced Kenya safari guides and act as your hosts and source of travel and Safaris information throughout your stay


    Porini Camp Hotel Accommodation


    A 360 square foot (33.5 square meters) tents sat on level and sandy ground covered with weatherproof floor matting. The tent entrance is the usual zippered “door.” Side walls were zip-up flaps over mosquito-netting covered panels for an airy feeling and excellent ventilation. Inside, two double beds with wooden headboards, each with their own bedside table and reading lamp occupied one side of the tent. The opposite side held a writing desk with a canvas armchair. A partition separates the sleeping room from the bathroom. It holds an open-front armoire with storage shelves and a clothes-hanging rod and a luggage rack. Cowhide throw rugs covered the floor matting. Indoor lighting was produced through solar electricity. In front of the tent, a large awning-shaded area with two canvas chairs and a small wooden table was a tranquil spot to relax and watch the many birds that visited the acacia canopy above. The roomy bathroom occupies the rear quarter of the tent. The white porcelain sink is set in the wooden countertop of the vanity, topped by a square mirror.


    A flush commode occupies one rear corner of the bathroom, with a large shower with canvas walls and curtain in the opposite corner. There is cold running water in the sink. Hot water was delivered on demand for the bush shower in the canvas bucket hanging above the tent. A tall towel rack sits next to the shower. It held two each oversized white bath towels, face towels and face cloths. Porini Camp Hotel consists of nine spacious tents, sited among shady Acacia Tortilis trees, in a spot once favored by big game hunters. The Porini hotel camp is small and offers exclusive luxury accommodation for a maximum of 18 tourists. 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 luxury camping in Kenya bush, but with much more comfortable bathroom arrangements than were available to the hunters of earlier years! The tents are large and comfortably furnished each with a double and a single bed, solar-powered electric lights, and en suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and flush toilet. The camp is small and is on the lines of the traditional luxury safari camp but with more comfortable bathroom arrangements than were available to the big game hunters of earlier years! The camp is private and only available to clients on the escorted safari itinerary with a maximum of 18 guests.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.. Each tent has a double and 1 single bed - allowing for triples. (3rd adult in tent is charged normal rate) Children 12 years and under pay 50%, sharing with 2 adults. If sharing with 1 adult, adult pays single supplement and child pays 50%. 2 Children in own tent, 75% of adult rate each. 4th child in tent is strongly discouraged due to limited space in tent and shower/toilet facilities. Note that this Special Discounted prices are only exclusive to African Safaris and Adventures


    Amboseli Porini Camp Hotel Restaurant


    The common tent was a combination lounge and dining area. Two long wooden tables surrounded by rustic wooden chairs occupied the rear of the tent. The seating area consisted of a wrought iron sofa and three armchairs with thick ecru canvas cushions arranged around a large square wooden coffee table. The tent opened onto a sandy area shaded by a tall acacia, where a fire pit surrounded by green canvas director’s chairs was an inviting gathering place for evening cocktails or after-dinner fireside chats. The food is wholesome and plentiful. A choice of continental or full English breakfast was prepared and served on demand. Lunch was buffet-style and included an assortment of salads, savory pies, cold meats, fruit and cheeses. Dinner was plated and formally served. It started each night with a delicious homemade soup, followed by a meat or fish main course. Desserts were such temptations as crème au caramel and lemon sponge pudding.


    All baked goods were produced daily in the kitchen’s brick oven. For my full-day visit to the Amboseli National Park a picnic lunch of cold chicken, vegetable pizza wedges, watermelon and cookies was provided. Culinary and Dining experience at Amboseli Porini camp are served in the main dining tent. Delicious food is prepared using locally grown spices and herbs everyday. The quality of the meals at the Amboseli Porini camp is excellent especially the homemade soups that are the start of every lunch and dinner. The camp manager is always there to greet you after a game drive and has a wealth of information about the area; the guides and drivers are awesome. Porini Camp is a very modern and luxury tent camp. The lobby, bar & restaurant sit on a hill above the tents requiring a short walk up and down. The nightly camp fire before dinner, gazing up at the stars, is unforgettable and the food really good. The tents are high class with a nice sitting area outside with big cushions. If you are lucky you will have a "dickdick" that hung around the tents the whole time you are there. The tents are large, spacious and very, very comfortable, and upon arrival back at the tent every night after dinner, you are greeted with a light on, bed turned down and hot water bottles to warm you. Each morning you are woken by a polite greeting and coffee and biscuits to start the day. The bucket showers are hot and welcome at the end of your game drives every evening.


    Porini Camp Activities


    All game watching activities, meals, soft drinks, water, coffee, tea as well as a limited selection of alcoholic beverages is included in the nightly rate. Alcoholic beverages available at the camp were house wines, beer and gin. The morning wake-up call included tea or coffee and freshly baked cookies delivered to the tent. Bathroom amenities included hand-made natural bath soap, a pump bottle of body lotion and a ceramic container of soap powder for personal laundry. Bottled water was provided for oral hygiene and drinking. A basket held spray cans of room and body mosquito repellent. The tents are serviced twice daily, a morning cleaning and evening turn down service. Every member of the staff is consistently attentive, friendly, helpful and professional. There was a Masai “craft center” on the premises in a small hut opened a few hours daily. It offers a variety of traditional beaded jewelry and crafts made by the women from the local village, at market prices. There is no Internet connection at the camp. Bluetooth and mobile phone service is unreliable. When available, it requires a GSM 900/1800 compatible international cellular phone. All electricity is solar generated. The tents have electric lighting, but not sufficient power to charge batteries. Batteries for cameras, telephones and laptops are charged from a small solar-powered generator in the camp manager’s office tent. Because of the proximity to wild game, children have to be at least six year old to stay at the camp. Amboseli Porini Camp is run and maintained according to strict responsible tourism guidelines regarding conservation of the environment, management of resources, solid waste and sewerage disposal as well as providing development opportunities for the local community. Game viewing is superb in the Amboseli National Park and in the Selenkay Conservancy, with the Conservancy offering the additional opportunity of night-time game drives with powerful spotlight and off-road driving to get closer to the game, neither of which was allowed in the park. All game drives are in one of the three canvas-topped, open-sided Land Rovers, each with three tiers of two individual seats.


    Selenkay Conservation


    The Conservation Area is an important dispersal area for wildlife moving in and out of Amboseli and actually holds a wider diversity of species than is found inside the park. The Amboseli National Park community is receiving a rent for the lease of the area by Porini camp Ecotourism, plus an entry fee for each tourist. All roads have been constructed using local labour so that the members of the community gain employment from the Conservation area. In addition to the road maintenance team, Game Scouts have been employed to carry out patrols to see that the wildlife is protected. Safaris to Amboseli are supporting the conservation of wildlife through the community at Selenkay, and are operating daily safaris from Nairobi each week staying at their Porini Camp Hotel. The Selenkay Conservation Area is 100 miles from Nairobi and a three-hour drive, mostly on tarmac down the Mombassa road. The Porini camp operates a transfer by minibus from Nairobi every Monday, Thursday and Saturday for a 2-night Porini Safari and every Wednesday for a 1-night Porini Safari. The Amboseli airstrip can also be used, with daily flights from Nairobi operated by Air Kenya. A surcharge is applicable for airstrip transfers as well as pickup or drop-off to Namanga. Going on Amboseli safari in a 'proper' safari vehicle gives a far better safari experience than touring in the minibus vans with window seats used by other tour operators and travel agents in Kenya! And as Selenkay Conservation Area is a private game reserve you will not see any other safaris vehicles or minibuses. From Amboseli Porini Camp guests have game drives with excellent guides in the Selenkay Conservancy and in the Amboseli National Park. A full day is spent in the park with a picnic lunch to get close to the elephants and other wildlife. One of the highlights is an escorted walk with Maasai warriors to visit an authentic Maasai village. Night game drives are taken in the Selenkay Conservancy to seek out the nocturnal animals. At the camps all meals, drinks (wine, gin & tonic, beer, sodas, mineral water), and all activities including game drives, walks, night drives and sundowners are included in the price.


    Porini Camps & Lodges


    Porini Safari Camps offers guests a wonderful opportunity to stay in the exclusive Camps in some of Kenya finest game viewing reserves including the Selenkay Conservancy. Porini Camps in Kenya are renowned for their secluded locations in smaller conservation areas outside of the National parks, regions that are owned by local communities that are dedicated to wildlife conservation. These are some of the only reserves in Kenya that will allow night drives and walking safaris as well as the traditional daytime game drives. These luxurious yet traditional safari camps do not have any fixed amenities or facilities ensuring that they do not interfere with their beautiful surroundings. Game walks are conducted by local Masai People and game drives are conducted in 4x4 vehicles. As the conservation areas are privately owned the Porini Camps Kenya are the only accommodations in the reserves and as the largest camp only accommodates a maximum of twenty people each guest is guaranteed a memorable and traditional experience. This exciting itinerary offers guests an insight into the privately owned regions of Kenya, where you can walk with Masai Warriors and guides and explore the hidden wilderness that is not open to any other safari camps or lodges in Kenya. Perfect for those who are looking to be ‘off the beaten track’ and experience a more rustic safari experience in secluded conservation areas. Like the other Porini Camps Mara Porini Camp, the Porini Lion Camp, and Porini Rhino Camp – dotted around Kenya emphasis is on the simple beauty of the natural setting unlike many cluttered Kenya safari lodges, facilities are limited to the essential comforts: en suite bathrooms have hot showers, wash basins, and flushing toilets; rooms have gloriously comfortable double beds, rustic log furniture, and a shaded patio area that looks out over the surrounding plains.


    Amboseli Porini Camp Prices include


    Pick up in Nairobi then road transfer to Amboseli Porini Amboseli Camp with daily Selenkay Conservancy fees and one day Amboseli National Park entrance fee, Maasai village visit then afterwards check out and fly to Wilson Airport where you will connect to another schedule flight to Nanyuki Airstrip, met and transferred to Porini Rhino Camp for 2 nights with daily Ol Pejeta Conservancy fees and visit to Chimpanzee Sanctuary, afterwards check out and fly to Siana Airstrip, met and transferred to Porini Mara Camp for 2 nights with daily Ol Kinyei & Naboisho Conservancy fees, then afterwards check out and game drive enroute via Naboisho Conservancy and into Olare Orok Conservancy to arrive at Porini Lion Camp for 2 nights with daily Olare Orok Conservancy fees and one day Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance fee, the four camps are based on full board basis including soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water, return airstrip transfers, day & night shared game drives in open sided 4x4 safari vehicle with qualified guide, sundowners, walks with Maasai warriors, then last day fly back to Wilson Airport.


    Amboseli National Park


    Amboseli National Park is especially one of the favorite destinations for travelers who want to relax and to have part of a holiday in nature, knowing also the lifestyle of African animals on the old continent. In southern Kenya, near the Tanzanian border lies a visitor safari destination that never ceases to amaze. It’s called the Amboseli National Park, a 39,206-hectare piece of rich savannah grassland where flora and fauna abound. The park is set against Africa’s highest peak and is considered to be the world’s tallest free standing mountain – the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park offers one of the most classic and breathtaking views of Kenya, the gigantic Kilimanjaro Mountain, with its 5,985 m dominating the plains like a powerful god ruling the world from his silver throne. Before the discovery of the mountain for the western world by the missionary Johannes Rebmann in 1848, ancient Swahili and Arab legends used to tell about a great inland mountain, in the summit of which lived a terrible god who punished those who dared to approach his dwelling by paralyzing their hands and feet. In this very poetic way the inhabitants of the tropical shores described a phenomenon that was alien to them: freezing. Curiously enough, Kilimanjaro is not within the limits of Amboseli, in fact it is not even in Kenya. But the Tanzanians have not found yet the way to avoid that one of the most famous views of their mountain is provided by their neighbours. Actually, if you look at the map you will tell that the absurdly straight line that divides both countries detours to leave the mount in Tanzanian territory. The reason? Upon the partition of East Africa into two spheres of influence, German and British, England had two mountains vs. none for Germany, so queen Victoria gave the Kilimanjaro as a birthday present to her nephew-grandson, kaiser Wilhelm II, and the deal kept everyone satisfied. The Amboseli National Park was gazetted in 1974 with an extension of 392 km², though it is surrounded by a much larger reserve in which the Maasai people settle and breed their cattle. Amboseli National Park is located in the Rift Valley province, close to the Tanzanian border northwest of Kilimanjaro.


    Despite the high temperatures, the park's lands are elevated above 1,180 m. The mountain's summits remain hidden by the clouds for the most part of the day, dawn being the best moment to catch a view of its snowy square head. The Amboseli territory belongs to the land of the Maasai, the legendary tribe of nomad warriors and shepherds that feed on a mixture of blood and milk. The Maasai keep living today in the reserve surrounding the park the way they always did, grazing their herds around the plains and moving their household searching for the best pastures. Along their migrations, restricted today by encroachment of their territories, the Maasai build their settlings, the enkang' or more popularly manyatta or emanyata, using wooden sticks and poles plastered with cow manure. With their long and slender bodies, their proud and hieratic faces, their colored clothes and their plated and red-stained hair, the Maasai are a visually pleasant motif for the photographer, but for your own safety never take pictures of them without their consent. Amboseli National Park is a very fragile ecosystem, submitted to great seasonal variations. The overall sensation is of a dry land; in fact annual rainfalls are scarce, in the range of 350-400 mm. The northwestern area is occupied by the dry bed of the Amboseli Lake, which for a large part of the year is nothing but a huge frying pan covered with shattered saline earth populated with dusty whirlwinds. The mirages blend with the herds of zebra and wildebeest that traverse the scalding plain one after one, crestfallen and with a weary and lost look. During the wet season, the rains flood the lake bed and the surrounding area. Though, this plentiful water does not sustain a rich vegetal variety. The cause is the high salt deposits in the lake bed, which the flood dilute and disperse hindering plant growth. For this reason few trees grow in the park, only small patches of acacia and some palm trees far off the lake. Contrariwise, salt-rich pastures grow and are very appreciated by the herbivores. Despite the first impression of a dusty and arid land, actually Amboseli is overflowing with water all the year round, but under the ground.


    The snows of Kilimanjaro melt and flow downhill, soaking the porous subsoil layers of volcanic rocks. Waters converge into various underground streams, that rise in two clear water springs in the center of the park and ooze from down under in several points giving birth to large marshes like the Loginya Swamp, in which papyrus grow and elephants, hippos and buffalos find their particular spas, together with their accompanying cattle egrets. Amboseli's geography is so simple that its description brings to mind the pirates' treasures maps. The vast plain starts in the dry bed of Amboseli Lake that welcomes the visitor with its desolating image. Southward and eastward the area named Ol Tukai shows up, a patch of luxuriant green that hides some of the park's lodges. Following southward there is a palm tree forest, a cool oasis that supplies shade, water and shelter for plenty of wildlife. To both sides of the forest it's the swamps' reign, and at the western part raises the Observation Hill, the only height in the park, a smooth hill to be climbed on foot that displays a magnificent view of the whole park and beyond. Southward, the layers of volcanic rocks expelled by Kilimanjaro some hundreds of years back rise to the surface, giving the landscape a lunar aspect. Right at the edge of the lava flow there is another lodge, the Amboseli Serena. Finally, at the south border of the park lay several Maasai villages next to the Tortilis Camp. Amboseli is threatened by continuous pressure, both from tourists and natives. The flat and sparse geography encourages off-road driving, but this is a highly destructive activity that the park's authorities attempt to stop. On the other hand, the locals keep grazing their herds within the park borders, despite the prohibition. But this is a thorny issue, since the Maasai were already thrown away once from their historical dwelling lands, when the city of Nairobi was founded. Amboseli is also famous for its elephant herds, which have been followed and documented by world renowned researcher Cynthia Moss. Amboseli has some of the largest elephants in Africa, and the guides at Porini Camp know the individual elephants, their family history, and are able to get very close to the habituated herds. Much of Amboseli incorporates the dried up bed of a Pleistocene lake, with lush deep fresh water springs in the middle of the park a haven for hippos and birdlife and a playground for elephants. Elephant herds reaching over 100 individuals, can be sighted in Amboseli; which is renowned for its large, old bull elephants boasting the largest tusks in Africa.As well as plentiful plains game and their predators, the area hosts its own eastern white bearded wildebeest migration, a population that is genetically separate from the Masai Mara/Serengeti population. In addition to the large elephant herds that Amboseli is famous for, the game park is also home to wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, giraffe and plains game. Predators include lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, caracal, jackals, hyenas and serval cats. Other inhabitants include crocodile, mongoose, porcupine, warthog, hyrax, small dik- dik, impala and Lesser Kudu, among other antelopes.


    How to get to Amboseli


    Amboseli is a 4 hour drive from Nairobi. The nearest town is Namanga, on the Kenya/ Tanzania border. There are regular buses and matatus to Namanga from Nairobi and other destinations. There are also regular private shuttles from Nairobi to Arusha in Tanzania, which pass by Namanga. There are daily scheduled flights from both Nairobi and the coast. Amboseli has a central airstrip. Private Charters also use this strip. Accessing Amboseli National Park is difficult without private transport. Most visitors come here as part of a Safari package from Nairobi. Those bringing their own vehicles should be prepared for dusty driving conditions from Namanga to the Park, although the park has well established internal roads and tracks.



    What to do in Amboseli


    A wildlife safari to Amboseli lets the visitor enter the majestic realm of the Elephant. This beautiful park consists of wide open plains crowned by the snow capped peak of Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is easily accessible from Nairobi, and its relatively small size and open plains make game viewing very easy. The most obvious resident are the large elephant herds, and they are impossible to miss. Elephants are a continual presence throughout the park, and this provides plenty of opportunities to observe and learn from a wide variety of their social behavior. With a well trained guide, it is easy to understand and follow the social heirachy of each herd, and their constant social interaction. Whether it is the deep affection between a cow and her calf or a spectacular battle for dominance between two full tusked bulls, elephant behaviour is always fascinating. Spending time among Amboseli's Elephants is the perfect way to learn more about the role that they play in the local ecosystem. There is a lot more to see in Amboseli other than Elephants. The forests and swamplands are well worth exploring, and the wetland areas and stands of acacia are rich birding country. The open plains attract plenty of grazing game. including zebra, wildebeest, and impala. Cheetah are often seen here, either hunting on the plains or at rest in the undergrowth.


    Where to Eat in Amboseli


    Most of the Amboseli’s lodges and camps offer full board accommodation with meals, serving a wide range of cuisines. Many lodges and camps also organize special bush dinners or breakfasts, with meals served in the wild. For those on camping safaris out under the stars, most safari companies provide an excellent camp cook, who can produce culinary wonders from a campfire. For campers wanting to cook for themselves, the nearest town for supplies is Namanga. For the adventurous diner, a visit or stay among a Maasai community will allow to try traditional Maasai cuisine. Maasai delicacies include sour milk, and on special occasions, fresh blood taken either from a live cow or freshly slaughtered animal.


    Porini Camp Amboseli Booking


    For the high season, Porini Amboseli Camp is once again offering Amboseli safari guests the option of upgrading to a direct charter flight from Nairobi to the Selenkay Airstrip located very near to Porini Amboseli Camp and Selenkay Adventure Camp. The cost of the supplement - ($140 one-way or $215 return) - is the same as a scheduled flight to Amboseli via Safari Link or Air Kenya and saves guests’ time in the vehicle transfer from the airstrip to camp. Not to mention the 3-3.5 hours of driving it saves from Nairobi to Selenkay! Being one of only 4 Gold establishments in Kenya to have received Gold certification from Ecotourism Kenya, this award-winning safari camp is set in the Amboseli eco-system within the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy- an important wildlife dispersal area for wildlife moving out of Amboseli National Park. The 15,000-acre private conservation area ensures the best possible game viewing in proper off-road safari vehicles, off the beaten track and away from other tourist vans and minibuses. Porini Amboseli Safari Camp is small – with just 9 spacious guest tents – and retains all the charm and feel of the traditional luxury camps of days gone by.


    The Selenkay Conservancy boundary is 15 km north of Amboseli National Park within the Amboseli ecosystem. It is an important dispersal area and rangeland for wildlife migrating out of the park. In May 1997, the local Maasai community decided to set aside the area as a reserve for wildlife, so that its habitat could be protected and wildlife conserved. This is when the local community entered into a partnership agreement with Porini Safari Camps and Game watchers Safaris. Selenkay Conservancy is well off the beaten track and has not been visited by tourists until fairly recently. It lies in the heart of Maasailand and the animals are truly wild and not fully habituated to vehicles as yet. The number of tourist visitors staying within the 6,000 ha large Selenkay Conservancy is limited, so as to retain the wild and unspoilt nature of the area and to minimise the impact on the environment. The following animals can be spotted within the conservancy: elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, striped hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, caracal, African wild cat, serval cat, genet cat, honey badger, mongoose, zorilla, porcupine, Thompson's & Grant's gazelles, grey bush duiker, gerenuk, impala, oryx, lesser kudu, eland, zebra, wildebeest, waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, yellow baboon, and vervet monkey. Birdlife is prolific and the conservancy is particularly good for birds of prey.


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