Migration in July - Porini or Governors?

May 16th, 2010, 09:05 AM
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Porini offers a driving safari combo Sunbird, so I thought it might be on the way...It looks gorgeous and might be a good place to chill. Will wait to hear back from them tomorrow and report back. Thanks, everyone, for your help.
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May 16th, 2010, 09:16 AM
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It's not exactly on the way but not that out of the way either. Drive time from Mara to Rift Valley Lakes and Mara to Nairobi is about the same. On Day 7 it would be a couple hours drive back to Nairobi from Lake Elementaita.
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May 18th, 2010, 07:00 PM
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We just managed to reschedule my London meeting and add two days to our trip (third week of July). How is this itinerary? I particularly would like opinions on Sala's Camp because I can't find any reviews on tripadvisor.

LAX-JFK-LHR-NBO (part FF award...can't change flights)
1-2 Nairobi (hotel TBD)
3-4 Amboseli Porini
5-6-7 Lion Porini
8-9 Sala's Camp (best place to see migration?)
10 - Back to NBO for red-eye to London
11 - Meeting in London/One night in NY en route to LAX
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May 19th, 2010, 06:05 AM
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The herds arrive in the south of the Mara first, thus Sala's should be as good a spot as any. Exactly when in July or where though, no one can say. Besides, there aren't any other camps in the vicinity, so it's remoteness is nice.
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May 19th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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I haven't seen any recent reports of Sala's. There's an older one from when the camp first opened in this thread http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...s-and-such.cfm I think you should be our guinea pig and report back

You asked about Porini Rhino in another thread. I've stayed on Ol Pejeta (but not Porini Rhino) and here you do see some variations of species which you wouldn't see in Amboseli or the Mara (like reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, etc.), you're almost guaranteed rhino sightings and there's the chimp sanctuary (rescued chimps). Being a private conservancy you can go on night game drives but I believe you can do that on Selenkay and Olare Orok as well. You can find more info on http://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/

If you decide to include Porini Rhino, I think logistically it's better before the Mara as there are flights routing Nanyuki-Mara but not the other direction. I don't know if that causes availability issues in the Mara. If you go after the Mara, I think you'd need to fly back to Nairobi and drive from there to Ol Pejeta (takes about 3.5 hours).
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May 19th, 2010, 10:46 AM
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My husband and I spent a week in two Porini camps last summer, Rhino (3 nights) and Lion (4 nights). Both were a great experience. But it is a bit of a haul for the flights between them. If you don't have a least two nights I wouldn't do it. Porini is a wonderful experience. I did a lot of research and couldn't not have been happier with how it turned out. We had a fabulous time. Food, accomodations, guides, everything. They looked after us well when we had a problem on our return flight. Be sure and ask for a tour of the kitchen. You will not believe how limited the facilities are, how eco friendly and how great the food that comes out of them.
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May 19th, 2010, 12:53 PM
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Thanks...All these opinions are so helpful. We have now ruled out Porini Rhino because of logistics. So we have 3 nights each in Porini Amboseli and Lion Porini, then one free night before returning to Nairobi for our late flight. It turns out that Sala's is booked, so our safari guy has recommended Mara Intrepids (closer to migration?), but we're also considering the fly camping at Kicheche Bush Camp (a more unique experience). Thoughts?
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May 19th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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I'm not sure if you can do just 1 night fly camp on its own. Have you checked? My overnight was part of a stay at Kicheche.
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May 19th, 2010, 01:27 PM
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Near Intrepids, you might want to check availability at Rekero or Naibor. Nothing wrong with Intrepids but these other camps are smaller and seem more like what you're looking for. If they have availability, I'd go with 2/2 split instead of 3/1.
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May 19th, 2010, 04:00 PM
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Rekero is often one of the first camps booked-up and Naibor not far behind.

Another in the area is Entim Camp, a bit farther south than Naibor with only 5/tents, on bend of the river offering amazing views. Hippos come out at night to graze on their front lawn. Entim price may actually be less than either Rekero or Naibor.

If not Intrepid's there is the sister camp Explorer, with 10/tents, set at a bend of the Talek River; more expensive than Intrepid's and maybe more also than Rekero and/or Naibor.
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May 24th, 2010, 03:04 PM
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Update: We've finalized our itinerary and also tweaked our flights, still hoping for upgrades. Can't believe we've pulled this off with only 7 weeks notice...An ambitious undertaking, although the hard part of the preparation is over because I suspect we already have the requisite wardrobe, photo equipment and inoculations.

2 nights Macushla House - Nairobi
3 nights Amboseli Porini (includes custom walking safari and interaction with local teens)
3 nights Porini Lion
1 night - mystery location, will divulge in my trip report

Thanks, everyone, for your guidance. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions before we depart.
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May 26th, 2010, 03:14 PM
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Congrats on finalizing your itinerary! Looking forward to the mystery location being revealed. Have a great trip!
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May 26th, 2010, 04:20 PM
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Looks good, crosscheck. I took will be anticipating when you divulge your mystery location.
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May 26th, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Oops, too, not took. Have fun!
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May 27th, 2010, 08:49 AM
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Sounds fabulous crosscheck. If there is anything I can answer about specifics at Porini Lion from our visit last summer just let me know.
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May 27th, 2010, 11:21 AM
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Thanks so much, laurie_ann. I'm certain I will have many questions, so I hope you don't regret your offer!

For starters:
- Were you there in July?
- Did you see a crossing?
- And....on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the Gamewatchers/Porini experience?
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May 28th, 2010, 10:31 AM
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cross check,

it was end of August

we did see a crossing (but I also don't think the crossing was the best part and you will not be disappointed even if you don't get to see it)

10+ (I had done a lot of research to find the kind of experience I was looking for and it could not have been better)

if you would like to take the discussion off line you can email me at lpetersen3 AT sbcglobal DOT net (I don't check it every day but I would be happy to answer when I get a chance, just put "from Fodors" in the title so I don't accidently overlook)
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Jul 7th, 2010, 05:25 PM
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crosscheck, I couldn't remember your final itinerary so crosschecked (har har) against this. I think you'll love Olare Orok Conservancy. I stayed at Kicheche Bush Camp; KBC and Porini Lion are "best friends." Very friendly environment among the camps on the Conservancy. And LOTS of lions.
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Jul 7th, 2010, 05:50 PM
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Thanks, Leely2. We are thrilled to be going to Olare Orok. I can't wait to read more about it in your report.
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