The Africa Conservancy Foundation is partnering with the Wildlife Habitat Trust in the conservation of the Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the Maasai Mara.
This 18,700 acre Kenyan wildlife conservancy is on a stretch of land belonging to a Maasai community who leased it to Gamewatchers Safaris to be set aside for the purposes of wildlife conservation. Ol Kinyei Conservancy is home to only two small camps, the Porini Mara Camp and Porini Cheetah Camp, both of which accommodate a maximum of only 12 guests each at any given time – making this not only an exclusive experience but one that respects the principles of eco-tourism.
We also have two small mobile camps (high season only) the Gamewatchers Adventure Camp and the Porini Bush Camp. Apart from our small eco-camps, no other tourist vehicles are allowed into the Conservancy so our guests have the thousands of acres in the conservancy to themselves but we are also able to have game drives in the neighbouring Naboisho Conservancy which we also support by contributing to the land lease payments to the local Maasai community.
Located within the Serengeti-Mara eco-system, Ol Kinyei is renowned for its unspoilt and breathtaking 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. 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. This Kenyan game reserve is a great location from which to observe the Great Wildebeest Migration (generally June to October), and there is another Wildebeest Migration from Kenya’s Loita Plains to the Mara which moves into Ol Kinyei Conservancy earlier, usually by January. The calving takes place there during February and March when the plains of the conservancy are teeming with wildebeest before they move through Naboisho Conservancy and into Olare Motorogi and the Mara Reserve. The local Maasai make first class guides and are on hand to share their experience on what to see and do.