Porini Lion Camp
The ecofriendly Porini camps are well respected in Kenya
for good reason—their owner, Jake Grieves-Cook, is credited with being one of the most forward thinking and important individuals in Kenyan conservation and tourism. Porini Lion Camp is one of the best properties. It sits on the beautiful Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which, aside from its lovely riverside setting, is important because the land is leased from local communities. By leasing the land around the famous Masai Mara "golden triangle," Grieves-Cook and the team are able to not only protect the wildlife from the threat of development, but also empower the local community with jobs in the tourism industry and income from the lease. The camp itself is simple yet comfortable—canvas tents with cozy double beds and hot water bottles at nighttime. Guests awake to receive a tray of hot tea, biscuits, and a jug of warm water to wash with, before heading out for a game drive with the expert Porini guides. Testament to the work the Porini team is doing to preserve the natural environment, the wildlife around the camp is superb. As you might expect from the name, lions are here aplenty.