Porini Rhino, Ol Pejeta: The Lowdown

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Porini Rhino is a charming eco-camp in a remote part of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where there’s fantastic rhino viewing and an impressive range of activities on offer.

What’s Porini Rhino really like?

Ol Pejeta started as a small animal sanctuary, and grew into the rather wonderful wildlife conservancy it is today, where animals and farming exist harmoniously beside each other. Porini Rhino is in a far-flung corner, where you’re unlikely to see too much in the way of other vehicles. It’s a small camp, with just eight tents and a strong focus on sustainability. The tents are Meru-style, with sold furniture, comfortable beds, and simple ensuite bathrooms. If you are travelling on a family safari, we stayed in the family tent which has two bedrooms (each with a double and single bed) and a shared lounge area in between. There is plenty of space – our reviewer claims to have lived in flats that are smaller than the family tent.

A short wander from the tents takes you over to the mess. This is aligned to look out over the waterhole, and during our stay we loved watching giraffe and ellies wander in for a quick drink as we ate our meals. Food was good, wholesome fuel for the day- you are unlikely to go hungry here! Dug into the ground beside the waterhole is a shipping container hide- this is a fantastic spot for photographers, and a great place to spend a gentle afternoon if you don’t fancy going out on a drive.

What can I do at Porini Rhino?

When we’re asked what you can do at Porini Rhino, we normally take a deep breath- the list of activities is impressive and long. Obviously the main activity is game drives, mainly conducted on the quieter side of the conservancy. We saw more lions than other vehicles here, including one big male lounging optimistically beside the cattle stockade. Rhino viewing on the conservancy as a whole is phenomenal. The camp can also arrange walking safaris for you- we always love these- they’re a rare opportunity to stretch your legs, and getting out of the vehicle helps you notice the small details of the bush so much more. During our stay we also found several lovely spots for bush meals and sundowners, which are a magical finish to any day.  

In addition to the activities arranged by the camp, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy has a huge number of really fascinating activities related to their conservation work- most of these are at an extra charge, though well worthwhile. If you visit the conservancy headquarters there’s an education room, primarily aimed at children, though our adult reviewer also found it very engaging. Nearby, you can meet Baraka the blind rhino, who is partial to a carrot or two, and the two very last Northern White rhinos in the world, though we hope that a ground-breaking rhino IVF programme will increase their numbers. Ol Pejeta even has a stables, so experienced riders can try riding with rhinos.  You may also read about the chance to visit the Ol Pejeta Chimpanzee Sanctuary. We really admire the important work Ol Pejeta is doing looking after them, as they cannot survive in the wild, but it would be fair to say this is not quite the same experience as seeing wild chimps and is likely to be hard visit for some.

Giving back at Porini Rhino…

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest sanctuary for black rhino in East Africa. Tourism is crucial to its funding and Porini Rhino helps to support this. The camp was designed to have a minimal footprint on the ground, with no permanent structures, and solar powered lighting.  

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