Porini Amboseli: The Lowdown

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Porini Amboseli is a charming eco-camp in a private conservancy north of Amboseli National Park.

What’s Porini Amboseli really like?

Porini Amboseli has just 10 tents, perched on sandy soil below the acacia trees. It’s the sort of simple, homely spot where it would be hard to imagine being much other than rather peaceful. Colours are gentle and blend in effortlessly with the landscape around, except for the flashes of red from Maasai shukas.The tents have double or single beds, ensuite bathrooms with bucket showers (using them is a bit of a knack, but we can definitely advise) and loos. In front you have a small verandah to watch the world go by. One tent is a vast family tent, with two rooms joined by a small sitting area. Each contains a double and a single bed, so it can sleep up to six. Meals are eaten in a communal mess tent and at the time of writing there is (variable) cell phone signal, but no wifi, so the “bush TV” (a.k.a campfire), stars, and gossip from your fellow guests and charming staff members is the evening entertainment.

What can I do at Porini Amboseli?

Game drives from Porini Amboseli are focused on the Selenkay Conservancy, where you’re free from the restrictions of the national park. This means that as well as game drives during the day, you can do night game drives to try to spot some of the nocturnal species- if you see an aardvark, please don’t tell us or there is a strong possibility we may die of jealousy. Normally, at some point during your safari, you will visit Amboseli National Park itself – often on your first day as you are collected from the airstrip. The game densities (and the chance to get the iconic “elephant in front of Kili” photo) definitely make the trip worthwhile, though you should be prepared to be restricted to sticking to on-road game drives and seeing more vehicles than you’d be used to in the conservancy.

And while the wildlife is amazing, one of the things that’s so special about Porini is their incredibly close relationship with the local Maasai community. This means that you can visit a nearby village in a very natural, untouristy way. Prepare to have your eyes opened- yes, there are some very traditional houses and customs, but also some very modern mobile phones and motorbikes! Lastly, we can’t think of a dreamier way to end the day than at Porini’s waterhole, perched up on their platform with a cold drink and tasty, spicy bitings as elephants emerge from the gloaming to jostle for water.

Giving back at Porini Amboseli: 

Porini has always taken their commitment to the environment and local community seriously, and first came to this area because it is a vital wildlife corridor. The Selenkay conservancy provides income for the local community in the form of rent, employment opportunities and a fee for each guest who stays in camp. In turn, this provides an incentive for the wildlife, and the land they live on, to be protected.

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