2 independent reviews for Kenya wildlife camping safari

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review 21 Feb 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We were of course expecting to enjoy seeing the wildlife, but our week's holiday provided much more than that. The Porini camps we stayed at were wonderful - eco-friendly, lovely setting on private conservancies, employing people from the local Massai communities. The safari buckets for showers reminded us how precious water is, the bush landing strips and the small planes were a great experience, the visit to the elephant orphanage to adopt an elephant was incredible.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Stay at the Porini camps if possible - they are small and usually the only camp on the conservancy so you are not surrounded by 9 other jeeps looking at the same animals. They also take you on night game drives, which you cannot do in the reserves, which is a whole new experience. Don't bother with the balloon trip in the Mara unless it is in the great migration period. It is very expensive, and we saw few animals from above. The view was great, but then so is the view from the small planes flying you in and out of the camps.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

In the Porini camps a definite yes. Not so much at the Samburu Intrepids camp, which I gather is owned by the Kenyatta family, hence I doubt that the bulk of the profits end up in the pockets of the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Wonderful experience, well worth the months of planning and the overall cost.

review 28 Nov 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Watching the elephants drink, dust and tusk at the watering hole. Our guide Amos was just as excited as we were. After watching the elephants, we enjoyed "sundowners" or Tusker beers before heading back to camp. Along the way, Amos spotted a leopard!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Our camp at the Masai Mara was wet, so bring rain gear! We had been told to tip in US dollars but realized once we were at camp, that it would be better to tip in the local currency. This meant we didn't have enough money to buy beaded souvenirs from the Maasai at the first camp, and that was our only opportunity to buy gifts from the Maasai we interacted with.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes! All our guides and camp staff were local people. They stressed the importance of water and conservation to us. Power was all solar.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was the best vacation I have ever taken! I tell everyone to just go. This safari is especially amazing because most of your drives are not at the parks. This allows you to go "off road" but the guides are very careful to keep enough respectful distance for the animals. You also drive morning and evenings when more animals are out.

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