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Porini Camp in the Selenkay Conservation Area
Porini Camp is 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. 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.
In addition to the better-known big game like elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah,
giraffe and zebra, there are several less common species such as caracal, African
wild cat, civet, gerenuk, lesser kudu and striped hyena. Our private four-wheel-drive
track links the Selenkay Conservation Area to the Amboseli National Park so that
we have the advantage of game drives in the park as well as in our own exclusive
The Selenkay Conservation Area is 100 miles from Nairobi and a three-hour drive,
mostly on tarmac down the Mombasa road. The camp operates a transfer by minibus
from Nairobi every Monday, Thursday and Saturday for a 2 night safari and every
Wednesday for a 1 night safari. The Amboseli airstrip can also be used, with daily
flights from Nairobi operated by Airkenya.
The local Maasai community has set aside the Selenkay Conservation Area as
a reserve for wildlife and in return is receiving an income from tourism activities.
This is used to fund community projects such as schools and water supplies. Employment
opportunities have also been provided for the local Maasai people as game rangers,
trackers, and camp staff. Apart from the management couple and Head Cook, all
other staff in the camp and Conservation Area are members of the local community.
The 70 kms of roads in the Conservation Area were constructed using local labour
so that members of the community gained employment. As a result of the establishment
of the Conservation Area, wildlife numbers have recovered significantly in recent
years and elephants are now seen frequently after an absence of nearly 20 years.
Selenkay Conservation Area lies in the heart of Maasailand, well off the beaten
track, and has not been visited by tourists until very recently. The animals are
truly wild and tend to behave more naturally than those in the parks, which are
often habituated to the presence of vehicles.
Porini Camp consists of six spacious tents, sited among shady Acacia Tortilis
trees, in a spot once favoured by big game hunters. The camp is small and exclusive,
accommodating a maximum of 12 guests. 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 camping in the bush, but with much more
comfortable bathroom arrangements than were available to the hunters of earlier
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. Meals are taken under the shade of an Acacia tree and after
dinner we can sit around the campfire and listen to the sounds of the African
night. The camp is staffed by members of the local Maasai community and managed
by a young couple who are experienced safari guides and act as your hosts throughout
Facilities and Activities included during your stay
- Spacious insect-proof tents comfortably furnished with proper beds.
- En suite bathrooms with showers, washbasins and flush toilets.
- All meals.
- Free mineral water, soft drinks, beer and house wine.
- Custom-built open-sided four-wheel-drive safari vehicles for all game drives.
- Expert driver-guides.
- Morning and evening game drives in Selenkay.
- Night game drive.
- Escorted walk with Maasai trackers and guide.
- Sundowner on Olosinkiran Hill.
- Picnic lunch in a tree platform.
- Full morning in Amboseli National Park.
- Free transfers from Nairobi or Amboseli airstrip.
During your stay there will be a two-day programme as follows:
Day 1. Transfer from Nairobi by road arriving for lunch. In
the afternoon you will go on a game drive to explore the Conservation Area ending
with a sundowner on Olosinkiran Hill. Return to camp for a shower, dinner and
Day 2. After an early breakfast, we drive through the bush
on our private track into Amboseli National Park for a full morning, returning
for lunch. In the afternoon you will be escorted on a walk by Maasai trackers
and a guide, who will give you an insight into their fascinating culture and way
of life. Return to camp for dinner followed by a night game drive to view nocturnal
animals such as aardvarks, serval cats, caracals, bat-eared foxes, African wild
cats, and maybe even the elusive leopard.
Day 3. Morning game drive in the Conservation Area followed
by an early lunch and then depart at midday for the transfer to Nairobi, arriving