Kenya’s Ol Kinyei Conservancy Wins Award!

November 28, 2012  By: Gretchen

We are pleased to announce that Ol Kinyei Conservancy were declared winners of the “Community Conservancy of the Year for 2012” award at the 2012 Eco -Warrior Awards.

Michael Gachanja (Director of East African Wildlife Society) presenting the award to the Commercial Director, Dr Mohanjeet Brar (center) accompanied by Porini Camps Operations Manager, Melanie Woods

The Eco Warrior Awards were founded to recognize efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements for promoting responsible tourism in Kenya and enhancing tourism sustainability which directly conserves the natural environment linked to local communities through mutual beneficial and equitable partnerships. Nature conservation through community development by tourism is the essence of eco-tourism.

Having previously been awarded ‘The Most Responsible Tour Operator’ in 2010, Gamewatchers Safaris were delighted to be recognized for their work alongside the Maasai community winning ‘Community Conservancy of the Year 2012’ for the Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the Mara Ecosystem.

The 17,500 acre tranche of land, Ol Kinyei, belongs to a Maasai community who set aside the land for the purposes of wildlife conservation. Ol Kinyei Conservancy is home to only one camp, the Porini Mara Camp which accommodates a maximum of only 12 guests at any given time – making this not only an exclusive experience but one that respects the principles of eco-tourism.

Located within the Serengeti-Mara eco-system, Ol Kinyei is renowned for its unspoiled and breathtaking scenery with diverse terrain offering both open savannah plains and rolling hills. 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. The wildebeest migration also passes through Ol Kinyei when herds from the eastern plains of Loita join the migration to the Mara Reserve. The local Maasai make first class guides and are on hand to share their experience on what do see and do.

Another feather in the cap for the Porini Camps in 2012 was when Porini Mara Camp was awarded a Travelers Choice Award 2012 by Trip Advisor for being ranked #1 in Masai Mara National Reserve with 176 ‘Excellent’ reviews. You can visit this fantastic camp and conservancy on our Kenya Wilderness Safari, or we can make it part of a customized safari.

Report and photos courtesy Gamewatchers Safaris