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Amboseli Porini Camp, Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli

Amboseli Porini camp is located in the Selenkay Conservancy, just north of Amboseli National Park

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About Amboseli Porini Camp

The Selenkay Conservancy lies a few miles north of Amboseli National Park and is an important area for wildlife migrating out of Amboseli. In May 1997, a Kenyan organisation called Porini Ecotourism agreed with the local Maasai community to set aside the area for a reserve for wildlife, so that the habitat could be protected and wildlife conserved.

The camp has 6 spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished and with en suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Tents have solar-powered electric lighting. The camp is small and is on the lines of the traditional luxury safari camp, but with more comfortable bathroom arrangements than were available to the big game hunters of earlier years. The camp provides an exclusive experience catering to a maximum of 12 guests at a time.

All transport on this safari is in a specially designed open-sided Landrover 4x4 safari vehicle. Going on safari in a 'proper' safari vehicle gives a far better safari experience than travelling in the minibus vans with window seats used by many tour operators. And as Selenkay Conservation Area is a private game reserve you will not see any other vehicles or minibuses.

Safarimapper's opinion:

Amboseli Porini Camp is a relaxed personal camp that draws a balance between luxury and the bush experience. They have an extremely strong eco-friendly focus and integrate the local Maasai community into the daily operations of the camp. This is a laidback camp where guests share a dinner table and the guides are often around to share experiences.

This is not an over-manicured camp. Rather it is aimed at a relaxed bush experience. Game is often seen wondering through the camp.

The camp is a bit of a drive from Amboseli National Park, but is through the conservancy and Maasailand so there is plenty of game to be seen on the way. The advantage of this remote location is that you will not see another safari vehicle and you are allowed offroad if there is a good sighting of game. As Amboseli National Park can get busy, escaping to your private conservancy in the evening is a big advantage.

The camp has exclusive access to the local Maasai Village. Village visits can seem contrived at times, but the remoteness of this village makes it a very authentic experience. You do get the feeling that the village has a normal daily life other than relying solely on tourists.

More about Amboseli Porini Camp

The community are receiving a rent for the lease of the area by Porini Ecotourism, plus an entry fee for each tourist visitor. All roads have been constructed using local labour so that the members of the community gain employment from the Conservation area. In addition to the road maintenance team, Game Scouts have been employed to carry out patrols to see that the wildlife is protected. Porini is supporting the conservation of wildlife through the community at Selenkay, and is operating daily safaris from Nairobi each week staying at their Porini Camp.

Selenkay Conservation Area is well off the beaten track and has not been visited by tourists until now. It lies in the heart of Maasailand and the animals are truly wild and not yet habituated to the presence of vehicles. The numbers of tourist visitors are being limited to a maximum of twelve per day to retain the wild and unspoilt nature of the area and to minimise the impact on the environment. Within the conservation area the following animals have been seen recently: elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, Thompson's and Grant's gazelles, gerenuk, impala, oryx, lesser kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, striped hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, caracal, African wild cat, serval cat, genet cat, honey badger, mongoose and ostrich. Birdlife is prolific, especially birds of prey.

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