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Porini Giraffe Camp

Feel the exhilarating rhythm of the wilderness at a hair’s breadth!

The small and intimate Porini Giraffe Camp is in a forested area of Camphor bush (African Wild Sage or called Leleshwa in Kenya) and Yellow Bark Acacia along the Ripole River in the Mara Ripoi Conservancy.
Location: Mara Ripoi Conservancy, Maasai Mara
Type: Safari Camp
No. of Tents 8 guest tents
Check-out Time 10:00 a.m. with afternoon departure options at extra cost
Spoken Languages English, Swahili
Special Interests Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife

The small and intimate Porini Giraffe Camp is in a forested area of Camphor bush (African Wild Sage or called Leleshwa in Kenya) and Yellow Bark Acacia along the Ripole River in the Mara Ripoi Conservancy. This exclusive game-rich 13,500-acre wildlife conservancy is comprised of beautiful hills, forests, and open plains and is home to a large abundance of wildlife including the big cats. The conservancy connects to Siana conservancy and then directly to the Mara Reserve and so allowing free movement of wildlife from the Reserve as well as through a wildlife corridor along the Ripole River to Ol Kinyei Conservancy.

Guests will also have access to the Mara Reserve and also Ol Kinyei Conservancy. Porini Giraffe Camp has 8 guest tents and offers a personal and authentic experience for a safari in the Maasai Mara, providing a great alternative to the
large mass-market tourist lodges. The camp has a dining tent and separate comfortable lounge all located along the Ripole river. The camp provides guests with the opportunity to stay at a truly eco-friendly bush camp where there are no permanent structures and there is minimal impact on the environment. This 13,500-acre Kenyan wildlife conservancy is on a tranche of land belonging to a Maasai community who leased it for the purposes of wildlife conservation. Mara Ripoi Conservancy is home to only 3 small camps (including Porini as a founding member) and no other tourist vehicles are allowed into the
Conservancy, so our guests have thousands of acres in the conservancy to themselves.

Amenities

Facilities & Activities

Activities

  • Shared day game drives
  • Night game drives (chargeable depending on the package booked)
  • Complimentary picnic breakfast
  • Complimentary bush lunches
  • Guided nature walks
  • Bird walks
  • Safari weddings
  • Sundowners
  • Optional balloon safaris, including safari champagne breakfast (at extra cost)
  • Complimentary visit of authentic Maasai village (at extra cost )
  • Visit of local school
  • Star gazing

Camp facilities

  • 24 hours security
  • Low eco-foot-print
  • Phone charging in central location
  • Complimentary airstrip/ airport transfers from/to Ol Seki airstrip
  • Outside dining area
  • Dedicated dining tent
  • Dining with lounge area
  • Board games
  • No credit card payments

Room facilities

  • Ensuite bathroom with flushing toilet
  • Safari shower

Location

Mara Ripoi Conservancy

Gamewatchers Safaris is one of the founders of this newly formed 13,500 acre wildlife conservancy which is on a tranche of land belonging to about 1,600 Maasai individuals from the community who have leased it for 25 years so that the area can be conserved as protected habitat for the teeming wildlife. The conservancy has a large abundance of wildlife, especially Maasai giraffe and is
an important area for wildebeest and the big cats. The conservancy connects onto Siana conservancy and then directly to the Mara Reserve, allowing free movement of wildlife from the Reserve as well as across a wildlife corridor along the Ripole River to Ol Kinyei Conservancy.

Biodiversity

Maasai Mara Ecosystem

The Maasai Mara ecosystem is home to approximately 25% of Kenya’s wildlife. It hosts more than 95 mammal species besides being a recognized Important Bird Area (IBA) with 550 bird species.

Presently, about 70 per cent of this wildlife is living outside the gazetted conservation area -the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Adjacent land owned by local communities form key dispersal and diversity areas.

DATES-FROM DATES-UNTIL PER ADULT SHARING, PACKAGE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PACKAGE PER CHILD SHARING PACKAGE EXTRA NIGHT (PER ADULT SHARING)
20-Dec-23 02-Jan-24 1630 USD 370 USD 1150 USD 550 USD
03-Jan-24 31-May-24 1500 USD 320 USD 1075 USD 485 USD
01-Jun-24 30-Jun-24 1580 USD 320 USD 1120 USD 525 USD
01-Jul-24 21-Jul-24 2400 USD 350 USD 1625 USD 935 USD
22-Jul-24 30-Sep-24 2780 USD 380 USD 1751 USD 1040 USD
01-Oct-24 31-Oct-24 2355 USD 340 USD 1580 USD 910 USD
01-Nov-24 19-Dec-24 1580 USD 320 USD 1120 USD 525 USD

Prices include:

At Wilson Airport, board scheduled flight to Mara Naibosho Ol Seki Airstrip, met and transferred to Porini Giraffe Camp for 2 nights on full board basis including soft drinks, beer, house wine, vodka, gin & tonic, mineral water, return airstrip transfers, daily Mara Ripoi Conservancy fees, 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. Porini Wildlife Habitat Trust Payment also included.

One Day Maasai Mara National Reserve entry fee included from 1st July to 30th September ONLY.

Extra nights can be added at the rate shown inclusive of conservancy fees.

Our Porini Camps in the Mara are adjacent to the reserve in exceptionally rich wildlife areas where tourism density is controlled and deliberately kept very low (1 guest tent to 700 acres) and as such there is no need to visit the Mara National Reserve to view lions,  cheetahs, leopards, elephants, buffalo, giraffe, hippo etc.  Stays in our camps in the conservancies also include extra activities like night game drives, guided bush walks, bush meals and sundowners. However, should guests wish to include a visit to the reserve this can be pre-booked with the additional park entry charge applicable (currently $80 per person for 2023, $100 per person for 2024 low season & $200 per person for 2024 high season, subject to change). As the park entry tickets for the reserve must be booked and paid for in advance, this option needs to be confirmed at time of booking.

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    Sir David Attenborough
    Camp Sir Attenborough stayed in

    “What a marvellous example of how people and wildlife can live alongside one another. Thank you all.”

    Jim Coda, June 2022
    Mara Camp, Lion Camp

    “For any serious wildlife photographer, I don’t think you can do better in Kenya or Tanzania than the Porini Mara and Lion Camps for the big cats.”

    Conservation & Responsible Tourism

    Protecting Habitats for Biodiversity

    Porini Camps has been spearheading Community based Wildlife Conservation for the past 25 years in Kenya. We run a range of conservation activities promoting community development and biodiversity in the areas we operate in, the latest being our biodiversity credit program in cooperation with Harvard University, MA, USA.