We’ve long been struggling to find the camp that ticks all of the boxes for experienced safari-aficionados- in an area that’s not too busy, with great game and fabulous guides. Luxury’s a low priority, what’s more important is getting great value so that the safari budget goes as far as possible. Sadly these places just don’t exist- good value camps were always in busy areas, and often didn’t have great guides, whereas the best areas and guides were reserved for the most exclusive and expensive luxury camps. And then the Adventurer camps opened. These two fantastic little camps are both in private conservancies (one in the Masai Mara just outside the main reserve, the other just outside Amboseli). These exclusive game viewing areas have all of the fantastic wildlife of the main park with few of the crowds. Guides and logistics are supplied by the excellent Porini team.
What’s Ol Kinyei Adventurer Camp really like?
Accommodation is in simple dome tents, and guests sleep on mattresses on the floor with simple sleeping bags. There’s a basic bathroom behind each tent with a flush loo, sink and bucket shower. You do have a team of staff to clean and heat your hot water for you, and a chef to cook delicious safari meals. So- very pared back compared to a luxury safari camp, but at a fraction of the price. If you’re coming here, it’s really all about the magic of your safari- heading out with fabulous guides and enjoying some of the finest game viewing Kenya has to offer.
Giving back at Ol Kinyei Adventurer Camp: Porini, owners of the Adventurer Camp, have long held a very serious commitment to the animals, environment and community of the Masai Mara. They pioneered the conservancy concept in the Masai Mara, which has led to vast areas of land outside the main Mara Reserve being protected for wildlife, and gives a reliable income from tourism to the local Masai landlords. Priority is given to very local staff for employment, and owners are committed to minimising the environmental impact the camp has on the area.
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