Ol Kinyei Conservancy

The Ol Kinyei Conservancy covers an area of 18,300 acres within the former 200,000 acre Ol Kinyei Group Ranch in the greater Mara ecosystem. The land belongs to the Maasai community who set it aside for the purposes of wildlife conservation.

Located within the Serengeti-Mara eco-system, Ol Kinyei is renowned for its unspoilt and breath-taking scenery with diverse terrain offering on one hand open savannah plains and rolling hills on the other.

The land, with its abundance of water sources in the form of springs, streams and rivers, coupled with spectacular views across the Mara plains, is home to a wide variety of animal species.

The local Maasai make first class guides and are on hand to share their experience on what to see and do.

Wildlife: There is a resident lion pride of over 20 animals and several leopards also have their territories within the conservancy and are often sighted by guests from Porini Mara Camp on evening or early morning drives. Cheetahs are frequently seen and it is not rare to come across large numbers of giraffe as well as Cape buffalo and elephants. The wildebeest migration also passes through Ol Kinyei when herds from the eastern plains of Loita join the migration to the Mara Reserve.

Activities: Morning, evening and night game drives. Escorted guide walks with the expert Maasai guides. Sundowners at scenic points within the conservancy.

Getting there: Getting there: Road, 207 kms from Nairobi (roughly 4 hours). Air: the conservancy has its own airstrip which is used for daily scheduled flights between the Mara and Nairobi.

Where to Stay: Ol Kinyei Conservancy is home to only two small safari camps, the Porini Mara Camp and Porini Cheetah Camp each of which has six tents accommodating between them a maximum total of only 24 guests. Two small seasonal mobile camps are also available during high season; Porini Bush Camp and Gamewatchers Adventure Camp.

This is a total of 12 permanent tents in 18,300 acres which is a lower tourism density than elsewhere in the Mara – making this not only an exclusive experience but one that respects the principles of eco-tourism.

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